Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil Transcript” from 1965

In 1965, Paul Harvey broadcasted “If I Were The Devil.”  I am posting the transcript of this on Fresh Manna Today.  It is really amazing to realize over 47 years ago how accurately he “prophesied” the future spiritual condition of the United States.  Many of his statements were considered ridiculously outlandish at that time in history.  Yet, we find ourselves today…

If I were the devil … If I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness. And I’d have a third of it’s real estate, and four-fifths of its population, but I wouldn’t be happy until I had seized the ripest apple on the tree — Thee. So I’d set about however necessary to take over the United States. I’d subvert the churches first — I’d begin with a campaign of whispers. With the wisdom of a serpent, I would whisper to you as I whispered to Eve: ‘Do as you please.’

“To the young, I would whisper that ‘The Bible is a myth.’ I would convince them that man created God instead of the other way around. I would confide that what’s bad is good, and what’s good is ‘square.’ And the old, I would teach to pray, after me, ‘Our Father, which art in Washington…’

“And then I’d get organized. I’d educate authors in how to make lurid literature exciting, so that anything else would appear dull and uninteresting. I’d threaten TV with dirtier movies and vice versa. I’d pedal narcotics to whom I could. I’d sell alcohol to ladies and gentlemen of distinction. I’d tranquilize the rest with pills.

“If I were the devil I’d soon have families that war with themselves, churches at war with themselves, and nations at war with themselves; until each in its turn was consumed. And with promises of higher ratings I’d have mesmerizing media fanning the flames. If I were the devil I would encourage schools to refine young intellects, but neglect to discipline emotions — just let those run wild, until before you knew it, you’d have to have drug sniffing dogs and metal detectors at every schoolhouse door.

“Within a decade I’d have prisons overflowing, I’d have judges promoting pornography — soon I could evict God from the courthouse, then from the schoolhouse, and then from the houses of Congress. And in His own churches I would substitute psychology for religion, and deify science. I would lure priests and pastors into misusing boys and girls, and church money. If I were the devil I’d make the symbols of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

“If I were the devil I’d take from those, and who have, and give to those wanted until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what do you bet? I could get whole states to promote gambling as thee way to get rich? I would caution against extremes and hard work, in Patriotism, in moral conduct. I would convince the young that marriage is old-fashioned, that swinging is more fun, that what you see on the TV is the way to be. And thus I could undress you in public, and I could lure you into bed with diseases for which there is no cure. In other words, if I were the devil I’d just keep right on doing on what he’s doing. Paul Harvey, good day.”

Fresh Manna Today Comments:

It is my hope that you will join with me praying daily for a revival in our lives, our churches, our communities and our nations.  We must decide to be different, Christ-focused.  What offends Him, should offend us.  What breaks His heart, should break ours.  What He loves, we should love.  The world desperately needs Jesus and we know He is the answer to the challenges in our families, our nation and our world.  May God send His Holy Spirit to revive each of us first so that we will be effective instruments for Him in this world, our temporary home.  Jesus commands each of us to “Go.”  Go in His name and the power of the Holy Spirit and change our world.  So we must go, and go quickly.  The clock of eternity is ticking and the midnight hour is rapidly approaching.  Jesus, our King and Lord, is preparing to return and we must make ourselves ready and “go” make disciples in this world we are living.

God is good, All the time.


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I was raised by two wonderful Christian parents and they made it easy for me to develop a relationship with Jesus and experience the life-changing power of the Holy Spirit. My parents "lived what they talked" and they consistently set a Christ-like example. God has given me a strong desire to share Christ and His word with anyone who may need to find strength, peace or encouragement in these crazy days we live and strive to find real truth.
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4 Responses to Paul Harvey’s “If I Were the Devil Transcript” from 1965

  1. 1965 was the yr. of my birth. I know my 82 yr. old father has seen our culture (especially that of the ‘church’) spiral. Yet, I have as well. It is quite overwhelming-as Pastor’s — we are quite burdened that the message though anointed is falling on Cement (forget the sandy soil, thorns..etc). Yes, we need the soil of men’s souls to be broken/tilled and ready to receive and then the Spirit of God to move –REVIVAL!
    thanks for this

  2. USInformedTaxpayer says:

    Thank you…for reminding us of those whom have told it like it is and whom stand directly up against and confront EVIL!

  3. Cecil says:

    This is misleading as this is a transcript of the 1996 version not use 1965 version

  4. Rudy says:

    I love Paul Harvey I remember listening to him quite often when I was younger he was so good and did he get the world right, I wish the politicians and everybody in this country could read this.

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