The world is facing a stupendous crisis such as never before witnessed. War, bloodshed, strife, famine, disease, anxiety, and numberless other evils are continually gathering heavy shadows of darkness upon this planet. It is often the case that trouble is greater in anticipation than in reality; but this is not true of the crisis before us.
The whole system of religious principles and doctrines, which should form the foundation and framework of social life, seems to be a tottering mass, ready to fall to ruin. The press publishes the revolting details of vice, thus initiating others into the practice of fraud, robbery, and murder; and Satan exults in the success of his hellish schemes.
The infatuation of vice, the wanton taking of life, the terrible increase of intemperance and iniquity of every order and degree, should arouse all who fear God, to inquire what can be done to stay the tide of evil.