Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Look up keyword
Like this
0Activity
0 of .
Results for:
No results containing your search query
P. 1
Great Men in History.

Great Men in History.

Ratings: (0)|Views: 0|Likes:
Published by glennpease

BY JOHN RHEY THOMPSON D.D.



For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he
that doeth the will of God abideth forever. — I John ii, i6, 17.

BY JOHN RHEY THOMPSON D.D.



For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of
the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he
that doeth the will of God abideth forever. — I John ii, i6, 17.

More info:

Published by: glennpease on Apr 09, 2014
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reserved

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

04/09/2014

pdf

text

original

 
GREAT ME I HISTORY. BY JOH RHEY THOMPSO D.D. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth forever. — I John ii, i6, 17. The history of man on this globe has hitherto been largely that of an animal ; he has lived in the realm of the present, the physical, the seen, and the temporal. The immediate, not the remote, the present, not the future, that which solicits him now, the food that his eyes, and his ears, and his mouth, and his stomach crave — these things, and not the opening up, the enrichment, and the satisfaction of his reasoning faculties, his moral sentiments, and his spiritual capacities; the things that are present, palpable, physical — food, lands, dress, houses, mon- ey, empire — in these elements, and along these lines, man has hitherto been largely content to have his life. It is a sad reflection that the majority of men live in that realm still. I am not a phrenologist, certainly not a practical phrenologist, but I see many men whose heads and necks greatly belie them if they are not thralled by the physical and animal elements of their natures ; many men in whom '' the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life " make up the whole existence. How narrow, dwarfed, shriveled is the spirit-life of Great Men in History. 69 most men I There is reason to fear that many so- called religious people, stripped of all their present
 
secular activities and physical enjoyments, would find themselves at a loss for congenial occupation. What would you do if you did not have to make your bread and butter? How would ycu spend your time? In what direction would your energies seek vent ? Suppose you did not have to work ten or twelve hours to morrow, what would you do? When men sit down seriously to reflect upon how short the distance is that measures the length of our journey away from the animal, it is rather a so- bering thought. Consider this one fact : that the most glittering prizes of the most enlightened and civilized states of the Christian world are still given to great soldiers. France gave the best she had to apoleon ; there wns nothing England had which she withheld from Wellington ; there was nothing that we had which we withheld from Grant ; we were on the very verge of violating the unwritten tradition against a third term, in order to heap still greater honors upon him. A great soldier (stripped of all honeyed phraseology) means a man who has been pre-eminently successful in killing his fellow-men. Of course we disguise it by fine talk about liberty and progress, and self-defense as the first law of nat- ure, and a great many other high-sounding phrases, but, stripped of all these thin veils and outer wrap- pings, a great soldier simply means the man who can most successfully kill in the shortest possible time the greatest number of his fellow-men ; and /O Christian Manliness. that kind of a man has within his grasp the most soHd, splendid, and enduring guerdons which may be bestowed upon him by the most highly civiHzed states. It is as Gibbon has said, in substance, in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the de- stroyers of mankind have been esteemed its greatest
 
benefactors, and have received its greatest honors. How great a part cunning has played in the world ! In recent times we have called it " diplo- macy," but diplomacy for thousands of years meant a match game of cunning : the greatest deceiver, the man who could tell the biggest and most plausible lie and make it to appear so like the truth as to ensnare his antagonist was the best diplomatist. Diplomacy for many centuries was simply a game of cunning, and the man who was the most foxy won the victory. What a part greed has played in the world ! By greed I mean covetousness; an inordinate and con- suming desire for wealth. How strong is the pas- sion for possession! The "yellow" fever, how it has burned in the veins of men ! The greatest peril of the republic at this hour springs from the selfish and corrupt use of money. The United States Senate is very rapidly becoming a plutocratic bod}\ I do not know how many Senators are there now who are supposed to represent the various Pacific railroads. We read of men representing this railroad and that railroad, this corporation and that corporation, this important interest and the other important interest ; and if the Legislatures should select another group of senators such as they have Great Men in History. 71 elected for a number of years, we shall have made our Senate a plutocratic body — a body of patricians, founded not upon blood, not upon brains, not upon character, but upon the power of " money in poli- tics." Consider how much a lucrative office in ew York costs, according to the testimony of the men who are familiar with the '* assessments " made upon candidates by the various "halls" and "bosses"

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
scribd
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->