“ . . .The most superficial observer cannot fail to discover, in this country, the prevalence of various forms of vice, which have been tolerated and practiced so extensively in society, that judgments from the hand of God have fallen upon us, frequently and extensively. Often have they been so marked, that they could not well be mistaken. Such are the intemperance in all classes, - the utter disrespect of truth - the prevalent falsehood and frauds in business, social intercourse, and the press, - the want of good faith and fidelity in the trusts and relations of life - the desecration of the Sabbath - the contempt of compacts and oaths and obligations of office - profanity - licentiousness - lawlessness - oppression - polygamy among the Mormons - adultery, sanctioned by divorce laws - avaricious extortion - and swindling operations of speculators, bankers and corporations almost without end, which almost every where in our land corrupt society. . .”
- from a discourse by George Duffield delivered on January 4, 1861.
“Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” Luke16:18