“You shall not follow a multitude–to do evil.”
The generality of people–are like dead fish,
which float down the stream, wherever it runs.
The ‘voice of the people’–is often the voice
of the devil.
Satan’s herd of swine–is larger than Christ’s
flock of sheep! Let them be ever so mighty–we
are not to fear them. Let them be ever so many
–we are not to follow them.
If we will not have the people of the world to be
our leaders–we shall be sure to have them as our
troublers. If they cannot seduce us into their evil
ways–they will oppose us in our holy ways. If they
cannot scorch us with their fire–they will try to
blacken us with their smoke. They will speak evil
of us–because we do not run into the same excess
of evil with them. Because we refuse to play the
fool with them–they will say that we are mad.
“Though the people of Israel are as numerous
as the sand on the seashore–only the remnant
will be saved.” Romans 9:27. The whole piece
belongs to the Devil–but God cuts off a remnant
The trees of righteousness are thinly
planted–in the world’s orchard.
There are many wicked sinners
–to one godly man!
Pebbles lie abundant in the streets
–but pearls are rare to find.
Sinners are certainly the greatest company
–but they are also the worst company.
Remember, the multitude of people, are like the
droves of cattle–which go to the slaughter!
Those who follow after others in sinning–will
be sure to follow them in suffering! Alas, the
largeness of the multitude, will not extinguish
the fierceness of the flame! The great number
of those immortal faggots–will but intensify
the fury of the eternal fire!
– William Secker, 1660
Source: Today’s Grace Gem