‘Grant that I may not be an evangelical hypocrite’

Of all hypocrites, grant that I may not be

an evangelical hypocrite,

who sins more safely because grace

abounds,

who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood

cleanseth them,

who reasons that God cannot cast him into

hell,

for he is saved,

who loves evangelical preaching, churches,

Christians, but lives unholily.

–The Valley of Vision, “Paradoxes”

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Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Associate pastor for education at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian and theological Luddite. A student of one book.

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