Maurice M Johnson
Los Angeles, California
June 11, 1962

Now that, my friends, is the world we're living in, and these young people are from lovely homes, a lot of them. Any why shouldn't they? when men like Talbot and McGee and hundreds of thousands of professing Fundamental people won't let the Word of God tell them what Easter is: that's it's filthy! it's filthy! heading up for the most horrible thing described in the Word of God. God help us to believe (and I must draw toward a close, I'm going to let you ask questions directly you want to), do you believe my friend that Revelation 17 pictures the last day so far as the devil's program is concerned with false religion? Do you believe it? Do you believe the kings of the earth and the nations of the world are going to be drunk with the wine of the fornication of that old ... do you believe that? You know you and I, we just probably more often than we do, certainly more often say, "Oh God, help me to be a believer. Help me to really believe like the apostles, "I believe. Lord, help Thou my unbelief." I believe it. I believe it's coming, it's on the way." Paul said in 2 Thessalonians, 2, "the mystery of iniquity doth already work." Well it's been getting worse and worse and worse for 1900 years. It's here all abroad. And if we stand true to the Lord Jesus, why "they hate him that rebuketh in the gate" we read.

As I said on the radio this morning, "I don't take any pleasure in realizing that some people think I'm nasty and ... and just a knocker and cantankerous and ugly." Honestly I don't. But when I see things like this in our daily paper last "Easter" so-called. Here's a white cross, a pretty white cross, and I hate them more than I hate the swastika, more than I hate ... the hammer and the sickle. I hate these white crosses more than I hate the hammer and sickle. How do you like that? Because these white crosses are blood sucked, denatured caricatures of the cross where Christ bore your sins and my sins. There's nothing white about the cross on which Christ was crucified, my friend. It was the most scandalous sight that God, man, or devils have ever seen.

Now here, on the Examiner editorial page last "Easter", so-called, is this pretty white cross, and it's got all around it some pretty Easter lilies, you know, just like there were around Golgotha, huh?, 'place of a skull'. And underneath the editorial is captured ... captioned "Easter", and Uncle Sam has his hat off as he stands bowed reverently before that white cross, and on the top, "Whence Cometh Our Help?" Our help cometh from Easter with a white cross. Now of course the Examiner wouldn't dare to have given anything truly evangelical about what Christ did on the cross on which He was crucified. Paul said, "God forbid that I should glory stave in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom I'm crucified to everything that polite society calls stinking." "God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ by whom I'm crucified unto everything in the world that the police call ugly." "By which I'm crucified unto the world, and the world unto me." The world! The Lord said, "The world hates Me because I testify that the deeds thereof are evil." "That the things that are highly esteemed among men are abomination to God." What are they to you and me? Is Easter highly esteemed? Easter and Christmas the most highly esteemed thing in our so-called Christendom. Most highly esteemed.

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