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Steve Van Nattan

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Quotes from Sam P. Jones,
Old Time Methodist

"The curse of this age is that we have put gold above God, chattels above character, and mammon above manhood. We have inverted God's order of things"

 

Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Proverbs 20:1 Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

On Liquor, Drinking and Party Life

The biggest fool God's eyes ever looked upon is the woman who stirs the toddy for her husband.
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There is nothing in grace that will make you a sober man with a quart of whisky in your stomach.
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Let us quit drinking, boys.  A dram-cup in my hand broke my father's heart.  Quit drinking, boys.  It'll drive the roses from your wife's cheeks, and they will never come back again

From a governor down to a dog pelter, I would not vote for a man that touches, tastes or handles whisky to save my life, and you can never redeem America with a legislature whose breath is tainted with whisky.
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I have never seen but one man in America that would stand up and say he drank whisky and never told his wife a lie about it.  Have you got one here to-day?  Is there a man who drinks whisky that never told his wife a lie about it?  If there is, stand up.  I want to see you.  I expect some of you would have stood up, but your wives are here and you don't want to be caught in a lie.
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Watch the association of your children.  Do not allow your boys to go with young debauchees for the money.  Why, some of these scoundrels can get drunk on Saturday night and then on Sunday evening go to church with the sweetest girl in the family.  We need some old-fashioned daddies who would meet these young bucks at the door and kick then clean out into the street.  Some girls in a Southern city married a lot of fellows to reform them.  That town soon had a batch of whippoorwill widows.
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The liquor traffic has come down to where it is a question of blood and death and hell.  These women are getting tired of seeing their husbands go down to a drunkards' graves; these mothers are tired of seeing their sons go to a drunkard's hell.
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The wedding over, the honeymoon passed, and years of happiness come.  One day the husband began to drink.  There is a volume of ten thousand pages in that very sentence.  If woman knew what it meant.  If every man could see into the future.  He could read it and would not go on.

 

 

Temperance is a great regulation force of man's life.  No man can drink whisky and be a Christian.  Bob Ingersoll, the worst in the country, says whisky is God;s worst enemy and the devil's best friend.  I never got so low down as to discuss a man who drinks vile lager beer.  There ain't a four-legged hog in the country that'll drink beer.  But lots of two-legged hogs will.  And the ladies are absolutely drinking beer for their health.  Shame on them!  The only hope of America is in her sober mothers, for when they debauch themselves their children will be born full-fledged drunkards.The spirit of gentleness and the spirit of temperance.  Be not only temperate in regard to liquor, but be a total prohibitionist on that subject.
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I want to tell you, brethren, that it takes more money to run one old red-nosed drunkard than it does to run any member of the church in this city.
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The girl that will marry a boy whose breath smells with whisky is the biggest fool angels ever looked at.
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I don't want to be a gentleman if I have to get drunk.  Do you?
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What do you think of an elder who has to think of the question about the barrooms before he can answer?  When you ask a preacher he says:  "Why, I consult my board, and if they are, why I are too."
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How did I become a drunkard?  By drinking wine like some of you do.  If any man had tasted what I have and been where I have been, he'd be recreant if he did not preach as I do.  You get some letters as I do and it would go to your heart.  I'm not only not going to drink but I'll fight it to perdition, and when perdition freezes, then I'll fight it on the ice.  If you can make it any stronger than that, put my name to it.
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Nobody but an infernal scoundrel will sell whisky, and nobody but an infernal fool will drink it.

Every barroom is a recruiting office for hell.
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So many men are reckless.  An Alpine hunter shoulders his gun and walks along an eight-inch path, while the dog beside him quivers with fear.  Don't rush into the face of God at judgment unprepared.  At best, we have only threescore years and ten.  You, with your constitutional vigor, may go to seventy and be pouring into you body poison all the time.  Strong drink sends many a man to his grave twenty years before his time.  Men are greedy to be lost, and anxious for damnation.
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I want to see the day in this country when no decent woman will put anything on her table that will make a fool of her husband.  The biggest fool woman in this State is the woman who will go to the closet and get a demijohn and bring it out and fix up a drink for her husband.  You have not sense enough to keep out of the fire; your place is in the lunatic asylum.
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I never had much confidence in a man that would do things in New York that he wouldn't do at home.  You have some of that sort here.  A fellow that is sober as a judge at home, when he goes on a fishing tour can not get along without a jug of whisky; and he drinks it all the way along and claims to be pious.   [Times haven't changed much have they?]

 

 

Hebrews 11:25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy thepleasures of sin for a season; 26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

 

Society

Society is a heartless old wretch; and if you don't get out of it you will go to hell with it.

 

Theater

And there are women in St. Louis that will go and hear things in the theater whose tendencies are the most vulgar of the vulgar, and she will be tickled all over, and she will come to the church and she will have her poor nerves all shocked to pieces at something Sam Jones says, and she will turn up her nose at me, and I can always tell when the devil has got a mortgage on a woman's nose.  It is always turning up. And he is going to foreclose it some of these days, too, sister, and he will get the gal when he gets the nose.
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You take society about this town.  If I had the money that the Christian women, so-called, pay at the theater during the year, I could run every charitable institution in this town grandly. That is a fact. You can't walk to church -- it is too far; but you will walk the next night a third farther to the theater, and your husband does not really want to go. Let us try and reform ourselves on this line.
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A man once asked me how long it had been since I had been at a theater.  
I told him I had not been at the theater since I had quit being a vagabond.

Dancing

God never gave a woman a child to debauch it by sending it to a dancing-school kept by a hook-nosed Frenchman.
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Go into a ballroom with your Christian light. It will go out. It won't burn there.
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"Our church don't forbid dancing," exclaims one.  Which is your church?  All of the grand churches of the land are outspoken against it.  If any church sanctioned dancing I would not stay in the little thing long enough to get my hat -- I would run out bareheaded.

 

Gambling

I know of one church where twenty were praying for the millennium and two hundred were praying for the boody prize in a progressive euchre.  Such Christians as that would not be in heaven six months before they would be gambling for each other's crown.
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Don't allow your boys to learn gambling at home, and then you, in hypocritical old age, go around bewailing their fate.  
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A woman in Chicago told me her husband worked hard all day, and she played cards with him every night to amuse him.  I told her to ship him to an asylum, for there they play cards for amusement.  A game of cards is the game of stravelings, mentally and spiritually.  Sisters, you who have such husbands, I tell you what to do:  Buy him a tin horse and a tin horn.  Make him straddle the tin horse and blow the horn for him.  Sister, don't let the children laugh at him.  Tell the children that their little pap has worked hard all day, and wants to be amused.  Sister, sister, get him a tin horse.

 

Psalm 119:128 Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.

 

On the Bible

What is culture worth if it is but the whitewash on a rascal?  I would rather be in heaven learning my ABC's than sitting in hell reading Greek.
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I believe the Bible just as it was written, and I believe that the whale swallowed Jonah.  I would have believed it just the same if it had said that Jonah swallowed the whale.  I've got no better sense than to believe the Bible.  Call me a fool for it, and I'm a happy fool.  I believe every word in the Bible.  I accept everything between the lids of the Book.  I have good reasons for my faith.
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God Almighty was four hundred years getting up this Book and every want of the universe can be supplied out of this Book.  If I had the billions of men of earth before me I would refer them to this precious  Book.  Here's a blessed balm for every wound, a cure for every ill.  Thank God for this precious Book, divinely written and divinely given to save the world.

[Sam Jones was talking about the King James Authorized Version of the Bible too, we might add.  That was the only Bible for him, though others were available in his day.]
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If I understood all about the Bible I'd know somebody wrote it who didn't have any more sense than I have.
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The lawyer that knows as little about Blackstone and the Supreme Court reports as the average Christian does about the Bible would never have but one case.  The sheriff would be his next client.

 

1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

 

On Preachers and Preaching

I'd rather be a man than a dignified preacher.
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I want to be a good man and a good husband, but God keep me from being a "nice" preacher.
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If I had ten thousand angels to preach to to-day, every word I should say would be pure.  Our Saviour preached to men.  His sermon on the Mount would not have had so much in it about adultery if He had been preaching to angels.  God keep me dead honest in dealing with souls.  I want to lay my gun on the rail and aim straight.  If I hit you on the side, I did not mean to hit you there, but right square in the head.  If you think I hit you accidentally, you never made a greater mistake in your life.  I hit you with malice aforethought.
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Shall I ask you little dudes and dudines how to preach the gospel?
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I once knew a new pastor who, upon taking charge of his church, was met by a delegation of the deacons previous to delivering his inaugural sermon.  They said: "No, brother, you musn't preach about fashion, because our fashionable members will be out to hear you.  You musn't preach about dram-drinking or liquor selling, because several of our members who are liquor-sellers will be out to hear you.  you musn't preach about covetousness, because several of our millionaire members will be out to hear you."  "Well, what can I preach about?" he asked in great perplexity.  "About the Mormons," replied the good deacons; "give'em blazes; there won't be a Mormon to hear you."
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When you think a preacher has got wings you are mistaken.
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Now the general pulpit style of America is about like this: "Here I am, Rev. Jeremiah Jones, D.D., saved by the grace of God with a message to deliver.  If you repent and believe what I believe, you will be saved, but if you do not, you will be damned, and I don't care much if you are."    [Some things in America haven't changed!]
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Whenever you see me with a grubbing-hoe on my shoulder I'm out after grubs, and if you ain't a grub sit still -- I'm not after you.  Do you catch the idea?
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A great many people object to pointed preaching because it pains them, they say.  This suggests the story of the old lady whose daughter's tooth ached.  She sent for a dentist.  he came and pulled out a pair of big, old-fashioned forceps.  The old lady screamed out, "Don't put them things in my daughter's mouth; pull it out with your fingers!"  That  would be mighty nice if it could be done.  God bless you all! if you will let me get the old gospel forceps hold of these teeth, I will bring them out, but I can not pull them with my fingers.  I want that understood.
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If any one thinks he can't stand the naked truth rubbed on a little thicker and faster than he ever had it before, he'd better get out of here.
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I am sorry for the preacher that has got so low down in his theology that he is trying to establish the fact that there is no hell.  I know of men trying to establish the fact that there is no hell.  A gentleman said to me a few days ago that the fact was nearly established.  I said to him: "When did you start your exploring party down there, and when will they return to report?"
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If God will empty your heads and hearts of all the error you have packed away in them, I will preach enough truth to save you to-night.
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At every conference you notice delegations going up to the bishop from the leading churches.  One delegation will got to the bishop and say: "Bishop, we want you to send us a preacher this year that is popular with the young people."  Another delegation will say: "We want you to send us a preacher that is popular with other denomination."  Another crowd will go in and say: "Please send us a preacher that in popular with sinners."  Another crowd will say: "Send us a preacher that is popular with everybody."  But I tell you that I never hear of a delegation going up to conference and asking the bishop to "Please send us a preacher that is popular with God Almighty."
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The devil has no better servant than a preacher who is laying feather-beds for fallen Christians to light on.
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A fellow said to me: "I can raise the devil as well as you can, but I always get licked."  I told him he had better stop.  There is no use in raising the devil if you are going to get licked.
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The difference between Christ and the modern preacher is that Christ said, "Follow me," and the preacher says, "Get down there at the altar and agonize."

 

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

 

On Salvation

Now is the accepted time; now is the day of salvation. When God's dinner-bell rings all you want is an appetite, and you can walk in and there's a place for you.
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Don't imagine that because you have burned up no meeting-house and killed no preachers you will get in at the fool's door. [speaking of heaven]

 

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

 

On Religion,
Which meant biblical Christianity to Sam Jones

There is so much sham in this country -- a religion with a brown stone front and brickbat, mortar and stick back.  Let's have a brown-stone religion all around.
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Let's make it fashionable to love God and keep His commandments.
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Religion is like the measles: if it goes in on you, it will kill you.  The trouble with a great many Christians in this city is, religion has gone in on them.  Keep it broken out on hands, feet and tongue.
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There is more religion in laughing than in crying.  If religion consists of crying, I have the best boy in the world.
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Old sinners are not satisfied with us unless we live better than they do.
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The church of God is the last place to be solemn in, provided you have lived right.  If I have lived a true and upright life, when I  meet Christians I will smile.  If I have been swindling widows and dishonoring my God and myself, when I come to church there will naturally be the solemnity of the graveyard.

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"Quit your meanness and let God empower you to live right until you die; for after death is the Judgement, and Jesus will not be with you then if you have not let him clean you, transform you and guide you in life."

 

 

VARIOUS SUBJECTS

Ignorance is round as a ball and slick as a button; it's got no handle and you can't manage it.
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Foolishness is the stuff what you rub on fools.
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Let me say to you: If you can't help but one family in town, let that be the family which needs the help.  I have a profound contempt for folks who are always helping those who don't need any help.

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Everybody ought to keep good company.  There is not an angel in heaven that would not be corrupted by the company that some of you keep.
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The greatest rascals are those who are scrupulously honest. If I see a man walk across town to pay a nickel, I watch him.
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I have known women too poor to own a pair of shoes; but I never knew one too poor to own a looking-glass.
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Many a fellow is praying for rain with his tub turned up-side-down.

 


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