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Thou Shalt NOT Steal

Thou Shalt NOT Steal

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How to Make an Old Time Religion Tug of War between Sin and Jesus

 Let's make a sin toy and let Jesus win!  From the book (and fevered brain) of Arnold Carl Westphal, a preacher in Salem, Ohio who made his life mission to trick lessons into the kids!  Here Junior, pull the rope! Westphal made Bible study fun with an endless stream of visual gimmicks and handmade objects.  In his introduction, Westphal claims scientific evidence that there are four types of children.
"Those who were all MOUTH, those who were all EARS, those who were all HANDS AND FEET and those who were all EYES."  His tricks were to appeal to all!  The scientific characterization of the flock came from Chicago "where hundreds of children could be gathered from the streets in a few minutes."  Creepy.  His book Junior Surprise Sermons went into at least 6 editions.  In this example, he provides the patter which goes along with the show.  The trick?  God prepared the scissors earlier by breaking off one of the blades!  Remind me to one day share the patter he developed for another of his tricks, "The Unhappy Heathen" in which he says about those in other countries "Many of them faint on the wayside under the sun, and the birds come and pluck out their eyes even before they die." 

From the wartime book Junior Surprise Sermons with Handmade Objects by Arnold Carl Westphal.  Sixth edition. 

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