Decay of conscience

Charles G. Finney

“The Decay of Conscience,” a very poignant piece written by Charles G. Finney (1792–1875). Finney was the leading revivalist of the 19th century. He also served as the president of Oberlin College from 1851 to 1866, during which time America was embroiled in the Civil War. Over 160 years later, his words still sound a needed alarm!

If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it.
If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it.