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by Dr. John Thomas
Men have become traitors to Christ, and betray him with their lips.
They say, "O how we love the Lord!
" and were he here they would doubtless kiss him; but, like Judas, they have colleagued with his enemies, and are as popular with the world as its god can possibly desire.
The truth is, judging from their arguments, the peace-mongers are not so man-loving as they pretend.
The cry for peace is a piece of ventriloquism emanating from the pocket.
Their strongest argument against war is based upon its cost.
The taxes are burdensome because of the extravagance and warlike habits of past governments.
This pinches them in the iron chest; and diminishes the profits of trade; and curtails the means of indulging the lusts of their flesh, of their eyes, and the pride of life.
It is well these mammon-worshippers should feel the pinch.
They are the enemies of God, and oblivious of His slaughtered saints, and, therefore, richly deserving of all the punishment the recklessness o the powers has entailed upon the world.
Those who escape the sword and the famine groan under the expense of punishing the wicked at their own cost.
Thus, the punishment re-acts upon all classes.
I say, these peace-criers are the enemies of God; for with all their profession of piety, they are at peace with the world, and in high esteem and friendship with it; and "whosoever," says the scripture, "is a friend of the world is the enemy of God".
Look at the peace congress at Paris, composed of popish priests, dissenting ministers, French politicians, self-illuminati of the Quaker School, English radicals, American priests of all colours, rationalists, infidels, etc., etc.,; all in such high favour with the liberticide dynasty of France, as to be let into "Egypt and Sodom" without passports, or custom-house scrutiny; and to be fêted by one of the state officials.
In what way can the world show its friendship to the Peace Society more palpably; or the Society its reciprocity of feeling with the most godless and Christless portion of it?
The Peace Society is the world's beloved friend.
The world wants peace, that it may find a respite from the judgments of God for its iniquity; and that it may enrich itself by commerce, and enjoy itself in all the good things of fife.
The Society is the world's employee; its zealous, utopian, missionary; and, therefore, individually and collectively "the enemy of God".
Still, even out of so impious a speculation as this Peace Society, "the wise who understand" may extract encouragement.
They will discern a providence in the foundation of the Quaker sect.
The unscriptural cry of "peace and safety" emanated from them.
They have gained wealth in the temple of their god; and this, with their friend "the world," is a sufficient guarantee of their worth and respectability.
Whatever they were in the beginning matters not; they are now the most popular of all religionists with the masses; to please whom a man must pander to their propensities.