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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3
			
                             X.
                    A TEMPERANCE TALK.

                    BY REV. J. D. PETERSON.

  "Wine is a mocker; strong drink is raging, and whosoever is
deceived thereby is not wise."
  Much has been said and written on this important subject of
temperance  The ground has been occupied by those who have
done such ample justice, to the subject that it no longer has the
charm of novelty to recommend it to the consideration of the
public. While, however, it has lost this temporary auxiliary
to its success, it has gained an important position in the public
mind, and is now exerting a most happy and saving influence
over the moral habits of thousands of the inhabitants of the
United States. From the venerable Wesley, who was among
the first and most efficient, who proclaimed open war against
intemperance, to the late efforts of temperance societies, this
subject has been most ably handled in almost every point of
view. Notwithstanding this, however, it is the indispensable
duty of every lover of God and man to set his face against this
growing and destructive evil of the present day, and help to
reiterate the voice of warning, from one end of this vast con-
tinent to the other. This is the more necessary, as the vice of
intemperance has, of late years, assumed a more bold and daring
stand, and unblushingly carries on its work of destruction in
the very face of the sun. Neither the thunders of the divine law
nor the disapprobation of public sentiment have yet been able
either to drive or shame this vice from the land. Time was, in-
deed, when it was deemed so disgrceful for a man to be guilty
of intoxication, that those who were drunken were drunken in
the night; but at this age of improvement and refinement, this
vice has received, and does still so often receive, the sanction of.
the daylight examples of many of the rich and otherwise in-
fluential parts of society, that it is no uncommnon thing to see
men lying intoxicated in our streets in open day. Public sen-
timent is not yet sufficiently armed with the terrors of disgrace
and infamy, to drive this vile practice into the darkness of mid-
night; but should the efforts which are now making, go on with
a steady tide of successful operation, the time, we trust, is
not far, distant when intemperance shall take its proper place
and character among the  unfruitful works of darkness.  This
I say because drunkenness, I believe, we shall ever have, while
sin, strong drink and sinners are found on earth. No! while
we have temperate drinkers we shall ever be infested with
                              (322)




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 6, Num. 3

Volume:  06
Issue Number:  03
Date:  01/1890


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