the Fifth Week of Lent
Sin: Power Over the Unregenerate
Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
So long as a man is dead in trespasses and sin, there is no iniquity which may not get the mastery of him. Where the body is, thither will the vultures of hell be gathered together. The devil finding him dead, calls up his hosts of temptations and his bands of evils to feed on him. The great destroyer, who at other times is as a lion, often plays the part of a jackal, whose cry, when it finds its prey, is said to sound exactly like the words:
'Dead Hind, dead Hind!
Where, where, where, where?
Here, here, here, here!'
Nothing but the new life can secure a man from the worst fiends in the Pandemonium of vice, for they gather like a scattered pack to a feast when they hear their master cry: Dead sinner, dead sinner!
Where, where, where, where!
Here, here, here, here!
Vices seldom come alone; where there is room for one devil, seven other spirits more wicked than himself will find a lodging. We may say of sins as Longfellow of birds of prey, in his song of Hiawatha
'Never stoops the soaring vulture
On his quarry in the desert,
On the sick or wounded bison,
But another vulture watching,
From his high aerial look-out
Sees the downward plunge and follows;
And a third pursues the second,
Coming from the invisible ether,
First a speck, and then a vulture
Till the air is dark with pinions.'
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Sin: Power Over the Unregenerate'. Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fff/​s/sin-power-over-the-unregenerate.html. 1870.