Temperance Sermon Illustrations

Temperance Sermon Illustrations

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Barnum's Prefix

P. T. Barnum was a temperance advocate. Once when he was giving an address, a man in the gallery howled: "How does alcohol affect us, externally or internally?" "Eternally," flashed back Barnum.—Sunday School Times.


The Lord Our Keeper

A man who was a confirmed and hopeless drunkard, being about to go to the Fishing Banks with a fisherman, proposed, before they started, to "take drink." "No," said the fisherman; "I don't drink." "Don't you drink anything?" "No; I don't drink anything." "Why not?" "Because I am a Christian." "What!" said the man, "does Christ keep you from drinking?" "Yes," answered the fisherman, "Christ keeps me from drinking." The poor inebriate was struck by the reply. He thought, "There is help that I didn't think of.' He went home, and knelt down and said. "O Lord Jesus, keep me from drinking." His appetite for liquor suddenly left him. He was delivered.—The Monthly Visitor.


A Breaker of Hearts

In one of our cities not long ago a mother asked her pastor to come to see her. When he reached the home he found the mother with her children waiting for him. She was the wife of a man who was to be executed the following day for murder. And she said, "I am wondering if you would intercede and get my husband's body that we might bring him home, and have a little service here. And would you mind conducting that service for me?" The preacher did so. The next morning at the mother's request he went to her home and awaited the dread hour with them. Finally the hands on the clock pointed to noon, and there was just a sob. It was only a little while until a plain black wagon came down the street. It backed up to the front door, and the officers came in carrying a plain unpainted box. They placed it upon two chairs and hurried away. The preacher unfastened the lid and lifted it. The boy came and looked into the casket, then the mother came and stood there with her little ones. And as she stood and stroked the father's brow, she said to the preacher, "Father was such a good man when he didn't drink."—Sunday School Times.


Why He Differed with the Minister

At a church meeting a discussion on temperance was taking place, and an influential clergyman arose and made a vehement argument in favor of wine. When he had resumed his seat, a layman arose, and said: "Mr. Moderator, it is not my purpose to answer the learned argument you have listened to. My arguments are more humble. I knew a father who at great inconvenience educated his son at college. The son was dissipated, but reformed and remained steady for several years. One day he was invited to dine with a neighboring clergyman. He was offered wine, but refused until he was ridiculed. That he could not stand, so he drank, and has long since found a drunkard's grave. I am that father, and it was at the table of the clergyman who has just taken his seat that my son took the fatal glass of wine."—The Northern Messenger.


He Stood the Test

A young man from Virginia was transferred, apparently for no reason, to the New York office of his firm. He and his wife took rooms in Brooklyn, and the first Sunday went to a Baptist church there, remaining for Sunday school. A few weeks later, the wife told her teacher she was afraid her husband would not be able to keep his position, that the salesmen had to take their customers out for meals, and were not only supposed to buy liquor for them, but the heads of the firm insisted upon it, which he had flatly refused to do, saying that he didn't drink himself and would not give it to others. The salesman told him he would not last long if he took that stand. The teacher said how glad the woman should be to have a husband like that, and to give him every encouragement. One Sunday later, the wife told the teacher that her husband was to attend a conference the next day and they knew it meant only one thing—dismissal. Monday evening the wife telephoned her teacher, and she was greatly excited, for her husband had been given a big promotion, and they were to go back to Virginia. It seems that the firm, sensing ability and character, had sent him to New York, deliberately to test him, for this position called for a strong character and one who could withstand temptation, and he had stood the test. Of course the salesmen did not know it, but the heads of the firm did.—Sunday School Times.


The Better Soldier

"The soldier who abstains altogether is the best man. He can accomplish more, can march better, and is a better soldier than the man who drinks even moderately. Mentally and physically he is better. Brandy is the worst poison of all. Next to it comes beer. Each limits the capacity and lowers the mind, body, and soul. Strong drink tires and only increases thirst."—Count von Haeseler, one time commander of the German Sixteenth Army Corps.


"Alcohol should be regarded as a fifth column," says Dr. Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester, "the enemy within our gates, sabotaging armament output and sapping morale."—Sunday School Times.


Uncle Sam Ought to Know

Jim—"Too bad, ain't it, that Repeat ain't balanced the budget, nor reduced taxes, nor pushed off the bootlegger, nor chased off unemployment, nor brought true temperance, nor nothin'?"

Joe—"Yes, but Uncle Sam orter ha' known by observation that nobuddy ain't never pulled theirself outa trouble with a corkscrew!"—Evangelistic Echoes.


The Stealth of Sin

A remarkable story was recently told in the daily press. An oyster fisherman, on opening the shell of an oyster, discovered within a fish, three and a half inches long, alive and weakly struggling. The oyster, however, was not to be found. The fisherman was quite convinced that the fish had entered the open shell, and had been trapped by its closing. Once inside, however, it proceeded to devour the oyster, but being unable to open the shell, would have died in it.

Certain forms of sin enter the life through the door of a careless will. Once thus inside, their eviction is most difficult, and they speedily make themselves master of the premises, eventually destroying the whole life. Such also is the liquor traffic rapidly becoming in the United States. Permitted to enter through the door of repeal, it is gaining wider and wider control in individual lives. Permitted to remain, the results are certain in the lowering of moral ideals, the introduction of even more criminal savagery than has yet been seen in the "public enemies" of the states, and the destruction of multitudes of lives.—Alliance Weekly.

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