OUT OF THE WAY OF UNDERSTANDING
IN THE CONGREGATION OF THE DEAD.
The man that wandereth out of the way of understanding
shall remain in the congregation of the dead.—Proverbs xxi :
The way of understanding is a straight and high
way, and he who would walk therein is piloted by
God's revelation, while the way of the congregation
of the dead is crooked and low, and those who wan¬
der therein are led captive by the devil.
I. Man wanders from right— Righteousness ex¬
isted before sin. The devil has no subjects but those
who have strayed from God, the reason by which he
has been able to mar them. Man was made holy
and upright, and placed in the field of happiness to
live forever in the favor of his Maker; he was all
right; nothing was wrong about him.
God did not drive him away, but he strayed away
at his own will by the act of transgression, which
was contrary to God's approval. God loves man
and he takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked,