"Be not deceived; God is
not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Galatians 6:7.
Almost a century ago, on the island of Martinique in the Caribbean was the city of St.
Pierre, with about forty thousand inhabitants. It was one of the most Godless cities in
the world, almost without any representatives of religion living there.
A small band of the Salvation Army came and began to preach Jesus and His death on the
cross for sin. After some weeks, at one of their meetings a storm of persecution arose.
Amidst roars of derisive laughter, the mob proceeded to show what they thought of the
cross, by crucifying a pig in the marketplace. Then the governing body of the city ordered
the Salvationists to leave the city at once, and in a day or two they were on a steamer
returning to their home country.
Close to the city towered Mount Pelee, an inactive volcano. While at times there had been
smoke and some mild shaking of the earth, it had been quiescent for a century or more. No
sooner had these Salvationists gotten out of the bay away from the city that God uncapped
that volcano, and in a few moments the city was destroyed, with ashes falling hundreds of
miles away. Only eight persons were found alive when searchers returned.