"But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." Matt. 12:36, 37.
NOTE.-"Nothing can be more fatal to purity of life in either sex than the idea that a young man may sow 'wild oats,' and still be a 'first-rate good fellow,' and worthy of positions of trust and responsibility in society; and the fact that such a notion prevails, is further evidence of the lowered moral tone of society, to which we have already referred. It will be a happy day to the cause of morality when society says to the young man who lapses from virtue, as it does to the young woman under the same circumstances, 'You have forfeited your right to honor and respect. You have violated one of the plainest laws of God and man. You have become a social leper, and are likely to spread vile moral contagion more potent for evil than the venom of a rattlesnake, or the contagious virus of small-pox or cholera. Hence, unless you repent and reform, and earn a right to the confidence of the good and pure, you must be an outcast from society, subjected to a social quarantine which will effectively prevent the contamination of your fellows.' "-J.H. Kellog, M.D., President of American Health and Temperance Association, in address on Social Purity.
There has of late been some excellent work done toward staying the tide of social impurity. To this end a society was organized in England, under the name of "White Cross Army." Soon afterward the movement spread to America, and the Young Men's Christian Association of New. York effected an organization, the object of which is, "The promotion of purity among young men, the elevation of public opinion regarding the question of personal purity, and the maintenance of the same standard for men and women." The same line of work has been taken up by the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and that society now has a Social Purity Department. The American Health and Temperance Association has also entered the field, to war against the frightful evil of social impurity, and to engage others in an effort to save the young who are surrounded by so many strong temptations. The pledges herewith presented, are those adopted by this association.
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