‘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


who tells his lusts that Christ’s blood

cleanseth them,

who reasons that God cannot cast him into


for he is saved,

who loves evangelical preaching, churches,

Christians, but lives unholily.

–The Valley of Vision, “Paradoxes”

Author: Jonathan P. Merritt

Happily married father of six. Lead pastor at Edgewood Baptist Church (Columbus, GA). Good-natured contrarian, theological Luddite, and long-suffering Atlanta Falcons fan. A student of one book.

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