Jesse M. Hendley
I want to speak to you now on Psalm 14 on the subject,
"Practical Atheists." In Psalm 14, verse 1, we read,
"The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God.
They are corrupt, they have done abominable works,
there is none that doeth good. The Lord looked down
from heaven upon the children of men to see if there
were any that did understand and seek God. They are
all gone aside, they are all together become filthy;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Notice
that first verse, "The fool hath said in his heart,
There is no God." Practical atheism.
There are people today who claim to be atheists. They
say it with their mouth. That is, they profess not to
believe in God. There is actually in America, in New
York City, an association for the ADVANCEMENT of ATH-
EISM. But atheists are rare. You seldom will find a
man who will declare with his mouth that he is an
atheist. Very few men will say, "I do not believe in
God at all. I do not believe in the God of the Bible
or heaven or hell or any of those things." Yet there
ARE some who say frankly that they do not believe in
God. It is a very bold person who will declare such a
But whereas there are few openly avowed atheists, who
will say so with their lips, there are MULTIPLIED
THOUSANDS who DO SAY IT with their HEARTS. They say
with their actions that they do not believe in God.
They do not believe in a Mighty One, ruling all
things, a Creator, a Great Mind, a great Personality
back of all men and created things. They believe that
this world just happened, that there was no great Mind
behind it, no order in it, no Personality behind it;
that all the order of the universe came out of
disorder and confusion. "No God" to Whom we must give
an account, therefore we can live any way we please,
sin all we want to, act any way at all. No judgment is
coming, where all wrongs will be made right ...
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