Excerpt from Exercises at the Installation of Rev. J. E. Rankin as Pastor of the First Congregational Church, St. Albans, Vt., June 24, 1857
Apostles did not believe him to be so, then both he and they used most infelicitous words and allusions, for never did any one speak, nor did any persons ever write, so much like people 'who thus believed. They certainly said and did all they could to induce this belief. The same may be said of the existence and personality of, the Devil. That Christ and his Apostles believed I this, not as a myth, or a figure for poetry, but as a reality, is perfectly plain from their incidental and frequent allusions. Unless they did so, one is left to the conclusion that they were the most unfortunate of teachers in conveying a wrong impression, for they have certainly seemed to men in all ages to teach this fact, as a fact, that Satan is a living personality.
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