And I wonder as we examine our hearts together in this place set aside for worship... how many of us here can say, "I rule my own spirit." For how weak is man. How often do we... How often... How often do we stray from the straight and narrow. For only when we abide in the Lord are we like cities without walls. Only then can we defend ourselves against Satan and his temptations. We cannot rule ourselves alone. God only is our... Is our... God only is our help. And our salvation.
All right! You know! That's why you're here! To see this city with its broken walls! "Whenever two or three are gathered in my name"... is what scripture says. That's not why you're here. Let's change the words. Let's rewrite the order of the Morning Prayer. Whenever two or three or 2O or 3O or 2OO or 3OO... are gathered together to make whispered comment... to sit in judgment upon the condition of a... Of a what? Yes, of a man of God. I said, man of God, and I mean it! Just what you all know, that your pastor, your spiritual shepherd is... Is the descendant of a clergyman, the grandson of two bishops. But there were collateral branches to the family that went forth to brave dangers... and who were scalped. Men with men's hearts, the wild and free hearts of men! They knew hunger and they fed their appetites. They fed their appetites. Appetites that I have inherited. I defy you! Shannon defies you! Get out your tomahawks! Get out your scalping knives! Sharpen your scalping knives! Scalp me! I will not and cannot continue to conduct services in praise and worship of this... angry, petulant old man in whom you believe. You've turned your backs on the God of love and compassion... and invented for yourself this cruel, senile delinquent.... who blames the world and all that he created for his own faults. Close your windows! Close your doors! Close your hearts against the truth about God!