Satan uses many methods in his attempt to divert our attention from the seriousness of eternal matters.
Satan will practice every device and art possible to prevent the gospel from shining upon the hearts of people. That light is painful and hateful to his eyes, and he will do all that can be done to prevent its being diffused. Every art which long-tried ingenuity and skill can devise, will be resorted to; every power which he can put forth will be exerted.
If he can blind the minds of people, he will do it.
If people can be hoodwinked, and gulled, it will be done.
If error can be made to spread, and be embraced – error smooth, plausible, cunning – it will be diffused. Ministers will be raised up to preach it; and the press will be employed to accomplish it.
If sinners can be deceived, and made to remain at ease in their sins, by novels and seductive poetry; by books false in sentiments, and perverse in morals, the press will be made to groan under the works of fiction.
If theaters are necessary to cheat and beguile people, they will be reared; and the song, and the dance, the ball, and the splendid party will alike contribute to divert the attention from the cross of Christ, the worth of the soul, and the importance of a preparation to die.
No art has been spared, or will be spared to deceive people; and the world is full of the devices of Satan to hoodwink and blind the perishing, and lead them down to hell.