The devil once said to his demons below,
"Our work is progressing entirely too slow.
The Holiness people stand in our way!
Since they don't believe in the show or the play.
They teach that the carnival, circus and dance,
The tavern and honky-tonk with games of chance,
Drinking and smoking, these things are all wrong;
That Christians don't mix with the ungodly throng.
They're quick to condemn everything that we do,
To cause unbelievers to be not a few.
They claim that these things are all of the devil;
That Christian folk live on a much higher level.
Now fellows, their theology, while entirely true,
Is blocking the work we are trying to do!
We'll have to get busy and figure a plan
That will change their standard as fast as we can.
Now I have a vision of what we can do,
Hearken—I'll tell this deception to you;
Then find me a wise, but degenerate man
Whom I can use to help work out this plan.
There's nothing so real as the thing that you see;
The eyes and the mind and the heart will agree.
So what can be better than an object to view?
I say, it will work and convince not a few.
The home is the place for this sinful device;
The people, deceived, will think it quite nice.
The world will possess it—most Christians can't tell
That it's all of the devil, and was plotted in Hell.
We'll sell them with pictures of the latest news
And while they're still looking, we'll advertise booze.
At the soul-damning cigarette also they'll look
Until they forget what God says in His Book.
At first it will shock them, they'll seem in a daze,
But soon they'll be hardened and continue to gaze.
We'll give them some gospel that isn't too strong
And a few sacred songs to string them along.
They'll take in the ads, with the latest of fashions,
And soon watch the shows that stir evil passions.
Murder and love-making scenes they'll behold
Until their Souls will be bitterly cold.
The old family altar which once held such charm,
Will soon lose its place without much alarm.
Praying in secret will also be lost
As they look at the screen without counting the cost.
The compromising preachers, who don't take their stand,
Will embrace this new Vision and think it is grand.
They'll help fool the people and cause them to sin
By seeking this evil and taking it in.
Influence is great, and this you can see;
Just look at my fall and you'll have to agree!
It won't take too long, my demons, to tell
That the Vision of Satan will populate Hell.
Divorce will increase, sex crimes will abound;
Much innocent blood will be spilled on the ground.
The home will be damned in short order, I say,
When this Vision of mine comes in to stay.
Get busy my cohorts, and put this thing out;
We'll see if the church can continue to shout.
The Holiness people who stand in our way
Will soon hush their crying against show and play!
We'll cover the earth with this Devil-vision,
Though we'll camouflage it with the name television.
The people will think they are getting a treat
Till the anti-christ comes and takes over his seat.
He'll then rule the world while the viewers behold
The face of the beast, to whom they were sold.
We'll win through deception; this cannot fail,
Though some Holiness preachers against it will rail."
By Anonymous writer
The Bible vs The TV Guide
On the table side by side:
The Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
One is well-worn but cherished with pride—
Not the Bible, but the TV Guide.
One is used daily to help folks decide—
No! it isn't the Bible; it's the TV Guide.
As pages are turned, what shall they see?
Oh, what does it matter? Turn on the TV.
So they open the book in which they confide—
No, not the Bible, it's the TV Guide.
The Word of God is seldom read,
Maybe a verse e'er they fall into bed,
Exhausted and sleepy and tired as can be—
Not from reading the Bible; from watching TV.
So, then back to the table, side by side,
Is the Holy Bible and the TV Guide.
No time for prayer, no time for the Word;
The plan of salvation is seldom heard. Salvation for all, so full and free
Is found in the Bible, not on TV!!