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Sunday Sermonette: “If I were the Devil” Paul Harvey’s Prophecy from 1965

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  • John the River September 24, 2017, 7:37 AM

    Paul. Where are you now that we need you?

    • Mike Austin September 19, 2021, 10:48 AM

      In Heaven. Gazing into the Eyes of Christ. We should be so blessed.

  • Rob De Witt September 24, 2017, 2:45 PM

    It seemed extreme when I first heard it at age 20.

    Not any more.

  • A. Foster-Grant September 25, 2017, 2:24 PM

    Dead white guy opressing the peeple with his privilege.

  • Mike Anderson September 19, 2021, 7:29 AM

    @ A. Foster-Grant: Zowie! In my geezerhood, the only near superpower I have is to mentally paralyze the young by doing arithmetic in my head (Wokester cashier: “Your total is $9.77″ Me” “OK, here’s a ten and two cents.” Paralysis ensues). But now you tell me the Afterlife has an unexpected perk, oppressing people from beyond the grave! Whiteness DOES have its privileges.

    • Kevin in PA September 19, 2021, 8:14 AM

      Terrific comment.
      I, too have induced paralysis among cashiers that can’t do basic math. The last time it happened, the kid looked at me like I just kicked his puppy.
      What I wonder is how did they qualify for the job of cashier in the first place?

      • Gordon Scott September 19, 2021, 9:41 AM

        They had a pulse, Kevin, and they usually show up.

        One of the stores I work in–the 2nd largest Walmart in the west–is short 80 full time employees. That means at any given moment the store is operating with 20 less staff than Walmart wants. And that doesn’t count those who call in sick.

      • Brian_E September 21, 2021, 8:08 AM

        In my 20 some odd years if providing IT support to a specialty retailer, we found that the majority of our cashiers couldn’t do the math required to understand that the proper change for Mike’s transaction was a quarter (or a nickel and two dimes if out of quarters). Instead – they’d have to enter the tender amounts of a $10 bill and the $.02, and have the register tell them the change was $0.25. At least this was the issue with a vast majority of our associates. And fortunately, we never had to go the route of automatic change making machines to remove the need to make change manually. At the other end of the spectrum, we had a few ‘savants’ that forced us to install time synchronized cameras to watch their change handling – or we’d never catch them shorting the customer and/or the drawer. Has our world always been populated by a majority that is too stupid/lazy to think, and a minority that thinks that their G*d given intelligence is best used to line their pockets at other’s expenses? What I worry about is that the ‘gap’ between those two extremes seem to be narrowing at an alarming rate. :-/

  • wildman September 19, 2021, 7:34 AM

    It would appear that the devil is winning.

    • Mike Austin September 19, 2021, 10:50 AM

      “It would appear…” Appearances can deceive. We won 2000 years ago. On the Cross. Since then it has been a great mopping up operation.

  • Joe Krill September 19, 2021, 8:39 AM

    Extremely appropriate that the end of the clip Bush and Obama biologically morph. Truth is stranger than fiction.

  • Callmelennie September 19, 2021, 9:31 AM

    If I were the devil, I’d turn Paul Harvey into a figure to be mocked, especially by the Boomer generation. That way we would reflexively sneer at everything he was trying to tell us, especially his cornball “If I were the Devil” routine

    Whew! Good thing this so-called “Devil” (snort) didn’t suceed

  • enn ess September 19, 2021, 10:31 AM

    Thats all that takes for the destruction of a country based on Christianity. It was true back when the Pilgrims set sail for religious freedom, it was true when the founders organized this country into a nation, it was true when Paul Harvey spoke of it, and it is true today.
    As to the comments re: youth not being able to make change. Not that long ago in the grocery I handed a young feller a $20 and $.20 cents for a $12.20 bill, since he already punched in the register $20 tendered, he was stumped at the change to give back. Another cashier handed him a calculator. He still could not figure it out, because the register readout didn’t tell him what change to make. I kid you not! This is the mentality that is supposed to inherit the country?

  • EX-Californian Pete September 19, 2021, 10:50 AM

    My generation was raised on manners, morals, Paul Harvey and Billy Graham. It’s part of the reason we turned out to be good people who try and do what’s right. The other reason— good parenting.

    How fortunate we are to have lived in, been part of, and to have experienced the greatest era of western civilization in mankind’s history. No other generation will ever have what we did.

    • ghostsniper September 19, 2021, 11:20 AM

      “No other generation will ever have what we did.”

      And they blame YOU for that. shrug

      He broke his winning streak.
      I’ve been wondering how long he’d last before his addiction took over.

      • Gordon Scott September 19, 2021, 12:16 PM

        “It’s all about meeee,
        It’s all about meeee,
        Who else could it be
        But who I am. . . “

      • Randall R Bridges September 19, 2021, 12:37 PM

        ghost, I must agree. I may have just fallen off the fence over there at vd.

  • Mike Austin September 19, 2021, 11:12 AM

    It seems Paul of Tarsus had the ruling “elites” of Washington DC—really, those of the entire world—on his mind when he wrote this not quite “politically correct” paragraph:

    “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.”—1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    Did he leave anybody out?

    Never forget that the Prince of the Power of the Air is the prince of this world.

    Christ did not come into this world so you could avoid the Cross. He came into this world so that you could join Him on the Cross. Think of this when you see the state of the world.

    It is getting easier and easier to tell who follows the God of Abraham and who follows the other guy. The red claws of Lucifer are out in the open now. He is as confident as…well, as Hell. How many in Washington have surrendered their souls for money, power, status, sex or fame? They have received their reward. When I hear these wretches speak, I only hear the laughter of demons.

    Soon and very soon the Trumpets will sound as Christ returns. All will be on their knees, some through Joy, most through terror. Which side will you be on?

    Always be of good cheer. And have a drink. It helps. Jesus drank. Be like Him.

    • Mike Seyle September 19, 2021, 4:33 PM

      Thank you, Mike Austin. One of the good guys.

  • James ONeil September 19, 2021, 11:53 AM

    If I were the devil I’d put me demons in control of the media, crown my imps as tech lords, fill the halls of Congress with my hoards, the military establishment with my gnats and gadflys, my fiends in the entertainment industry…

    & dimply sit back, laugh and relax for the next hundred years.

  • Gordon Scott September 19, 2021, 12:16 PM

    “It’s all about meeee,
    It’s all about meeee,
    Who else could it be
    But who I am. . . “

  • Dirk September 20, 2021, 9:12 AM

    The simplicity of Common Sense. I truly miss those days.


  • Sam L. September 20, 2021, 9:31 AM

    I’d never heard this before. THANKS!!!!!!! I grew up with his News at Noon.
    Someone told me some years back that Paul Harvey had stopped at his radio station to do his talk, had a few notes, and started talking. And ended on time.

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