What would things look like if Satan really took control of a city? Over a half century ago, Presbyterian minister Donald Grey Barnhouse offered his scenario in his weekly sermon…Barnhouse speculated that is Satan took over Philadelphia,

all of the bars would be closed,

pornography banished,

and the pristine streets would be filled with tidy pedestrians who smiled at each other.

There would be no swearing.

The children would say, “Yes, sir” and “No, ma’am,”

and the churches would be full every Sunday

where Christ is not preached

-Michael Horton, Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008), 15. Emphasis his.

This is a good reminder that we do not proclaim good morals. We proclaim Christ! “Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. (Colossians 1:28)

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