If I Were the Devil

A Lamplighter Moment from Mark Hamby

If I were the Devil, the Prince of Darkness, what methods of deception would I use to rule the world? What areas of society would I target? What tactics would I employ? In the transcript below, Paul Harvey in 1965 airs one of the most astonishing monologues ever recorded. Now nearly 50 years later, everything that Paul Harvey said the Devil would have to do to rule the world, has come to pass. Paul Harvey was not a prophet nor were his words prophetic. How then did 100% of what he said in 1965 come true? Perhaps the Devil himself listened to the broadcast…what you are about to read will, without doubt, raise a few eyebrows and goosebumps. Enjoy…or rather, be appalled, with the rest of the story!

If I were the Devil, if I were the Prince of Darkness, I’d want to engulf the whole world in darkness and I would have a third of its 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 would 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 is bad is good and what is 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 make TV look worse than movies and then make movies look worse than TV in a vicious cycle that just gets worse and worse. I’d peddle narcotics to whomever [sic] 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 at 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, and 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 symbol of Easter an egg and the symbol of Christmas a bottle.

If I were the Devil, I would take from those who have and give to those who wanted, until I had killed the incentive of the ambitious. And what will you bet I couldn’t get whole states to promote gambling as the way to get rich. I would caution against extremes in 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 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.


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  • Dan Adams

    Satan is the god of this fallen world but I serve THE ALMIGHTY GOD who created me and saved me from sin.

    • Wv Bear

      I 100% agree with you and share your sentiment. However, that fact does not preclude us from the damage, destruction or abuse satan doles out upon fallen creation. It actually paints a neon bullseye on us, making us an even greater target for attack. Just saying…….

      • Dan Adams

        Jesus told us what is coming ,so prepare and watch.

        • Wv Bear

          I am 🙂 i’m just not going to be a sitting duck, vulnerable to the ebb and flow of the evil tide washing across the land.

          • dan from ohio

            I,m with you and I agree with you.

    • FloridaBoy


  • anewera

    Paul Harvey was one the devil’s many minions. He funded Planned Parenthood for years.

    • crabcake


      • anewera

        Priests for Life used to have a webpage where they ranked celebrities by the amount of money they gave to Planned Parenthood. Paul Harvey’s name was near the top of the list. The list got very long. Priests for Life changed the page to just show just a short list of celebrities that opposed Planned Parenthood. There were the names of the cast members of Everybody Loves Raymond and a few other names. I do not think the page is there anymore.

  • daro l

    now i am not one who is big on snopes at all, but they may have this one right.

    • Janet Bosley

      I take what Snopes say with a grain of salt ..soon after I started checking with them I saw RED FLAGS but to give them benefit of doubt I tested them and ask them I believe it was three questions I already KNEW for a FACT was true and they said FALSE I dropped them like a hot potato ..for Snopes were then they supported liberal democrats and I doubt there has been a change ..oh they may now support Fake Republican Trump.
      Yes on this they did get it right . I wonder what and or who got them to do it.

  • Mart1963

    If I was the AC then I would want the world to worship me.


    I would send my minions throughout the world to control governments.


    So that I can change laws.


    Obscure law entitles Prince Charles to legally set off a nuclear bomb …
    https://www.independent.co.uk › News › UK › Home News


  • justaminute

    If I were the devil I would start with Genesis Chapter 1 And convince the world that Earth is a globe spinning around the Sun with a magic magnet

  • Roberto Serrato-Law

    Any government or government system without God will decay. Capitalism without God simply turns in to greed and feeds off of selfishness. Socialism without God is the same. Sadly, no one cares and seemingly blindly hating so much they can’t or refuse to see this because everyone is the enemy these days.

  • Marilyn Robinson

    Isn’t this from Paul Harvey? What???