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OFFER REFUSED--VOICE LOST.
A few years ago a lady living in Canada, a Methodist, prominent amongst that people as a choir singer, became interested in spiritism and developed the clairaudient ear. She suspected no harm until, by and by, the spirits proposed that if she would yield herself entirely to their control they would develop her voice and make her the best and most famous singer in the world. They knew of her ambition and used it as a bait to get her to surrender her will,--for apparently the human will is an impenetrable barrier. The lady saw the bait, but was alarmed at the proposal, rightly reasoning that an evil being with an evil motive lay behind such a proposition, to sacrifice the most valuable gift of God--the will. She spurned the offer, and thenceforth would have no communion with what she had learned to fear without understanding. Not long afterward her fine voice began to fail and to-day she has none of it. But she has something infinitely better--she has the Truth. It was but a short time after she took her stand against Spiritism that the Lord graciously guided her to the "Dawns." She chose the better part and rejoices in it. We are not able, however, to explain to her how or why the evil spirits were permitted to spoil her voice: possibly it was through their influence that formerly she was so gifted, to the intent that it might be a snare for her. In any event, now that she understands who her tempters were, she is full of gratitude to God for her deliverance at any cost.
They compelled me to listen to their account of an insurrection on earth against Divine power which they had long been planning, but which was ere long to be carried out. They asserted that their mighty potentate and chief had obtained the vicegerency of earth, that he was the prince of this world, and that he would subjugate it as it never yet had been subjugated to his control, and that he would raise a storm of persecution against the followers of Christ. There was, in fact, to be a new putting forth of hellish influence upon the earth. I was compelled to hear from these spirits the unfolding of their diabolical scheme. They brought many proofs to substantiate the fact that their power on earth was already greatly increased and was increasing. The prospects, therefore, that seemed in store for the world overwhelmed me with dismay. They asserted that their great potentate--the god of this world--had so subverted Christendom that at least the great ecclesiastical systems known as the Roman, Greek, and Anglican churches would more entirely be subservient to him.
The spirits then spoke with sardonic triumph of their school of materialistic philosophy and their teaching on Cosmogony as opposing that of the Book of Genesis--a system that modern science has found so acceptable as appearing to fit in with what the bowels of the earth have displayed, but which entirely leaves out of its thoughts the operation of God's hand in judgment at the fall of man, when not only man was morally and physically ruined, but that which was once pronounced "very good" fell with the first man, so that the "whole creation"--material and immaterial --groans for deliverance.
A spirit calling himself Lord Beaconsfield declared that he would aid me by dictating a work of fiction that should surpass all his earthly efforts and would produce a small fortune for me, and that I should thus obtain the reputation of being a great genius by simply acting as his amanuensis, and he added the more alluring temptation to me--that the spirits could and would confer on me such knowledge and power that I myself should be considered by the world as a brilliant writer, and WIN FAME AND FORTUNE.
Perhaps his offer has been made to and accepted by some of our present writers of brilliant but pernicious fiction, especially those who have popularized and dignified Satan himself; some of whom I know are students of Occultism.
One spirit professed to be the originator of such systems as Theosophy and Gnosticism. They had previously declared that "thought-reading" was under their domination and effected by them. I gathered, generally, though it was not very clearly expressed, that mesmerism and hypnotism were likewise agencies in their hands.
I learned, too, that in the world's pleasures Satan had set snares of almost infinite variety in order to keep men apart from God. Some persons he could degrade to the gross sins of the flesh, others of a more lofty and aspiring nature he could uplift by theosophy into a region of high and vain imagination.
When a psychic told Eve her son's life was in danger and her spirit guide was trying to warn her, Eve knew she had to find a way to open the channels of communication. "Before talking to any spirit, be sure to surround yourself with a protective white light," the psychic warned. "Ask the spirit to identify himself as being of the light. He can't claim to be of the light if he isn't." That night Eve fashioned a pendulum and an alphabet arc, and surrounded herself with an imaginary white light before speaking to the air: "If there's a spirit of light who wants to talk to me about my son, please swing the pendulum over the letters to spell out your message." Immediately the pendulum began to swing, spelling out the message: "My name if Gideon. I'm of the light. I am your guardian angel." This began a seven year relationship between Eve and her "guardian angel." It wasn't until he told her they'd been wed in a prior life that Eve understood the physical stirring she felt when he talked to her of love. Betrayed is a true story, based on events from the author's life.
id like to explain the book....1611
originally posted by: kelbtalfenek
a reply to: redletter
Ooops, I thought this was going to be a thread about catholicism or religion...silly me.
But when you start quoting from propaganda distributed by a cult based on a book which was written by a few men with their own agenda...You kinda lost me.
Bring on the satanism, because organized religion is one of the reasons we're in this mess today.
originally posted by: GBP/JPY
originally posted by: Jay-morris
a reply to: redletter
Satan is not real. About as real as the tooth fairy. A lot of people use Satan as an excuse for the horrible things we see in our world. That is not Satan, it's human beings!
Not so my brother, close though. Ya gotta find what this life's for.
originally posted by: JellyBeanBoogers
Hi there, I'm actually Satan born on earth. I'm here to tell you this isn't my plan at all. I know you need a scapegoat for a lot of the crap going on, but I'm not taking the blame for the anti-intellectual shortcomings that continue to plague modern humanity.