The world's moral decay is a forecast of death: the deepening iniquity, above all else, must reach a limit compelling the miraculous intervention of God. The murders in the United States between 1912 and 1918 exceeded by 9,050, the total American death-roll in the first World War—59,377 murders; and 135,000 undiscovered murderers were then at large in the United States. 'To realize,' says Judge Kavanagh of the Superior Court of Chicago, 'the prevalency of this invisible class, it is only necessary to consider that we have unconfined in the United States more killers than we have clergymen of all denominations, or male teachers in our schools, or all lawyers, judges and magistrates put together, and three times the combined number of our editors, reporters and writers; and 52,000 more slayers at large than we have policemen. Within a decade burglary increased 1,200%; and in one year the thefts from common carriers reached £20,000,000; the postal authorities estimated that £60,000,000 was lost through fraudulent schemes; and the Bankers' Association reported £10,000,000 stolen through false cheques. The world's moral fall culminates in a scene in Moscow impossible in any capital in the world before the first World War—a huge bonfire in which a figure labelled 'God Almighty' was burned, while hundreds locked arms and sang and danced as the effigy crashed into cinders.
World War II has been followed by an even greater increase in murders, robberies, sex crimes and embezzlement in Great Britain as well as other countries.
(2 Tim. 3. 1-8; 2 Pet. 2. 12)