William Buell Sprague on the danger of evil instruction

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Reformed Covenanter

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... Moreover, you are in danger of embracing the errors which you accustom yourselves to hear defended, from the fact that familiarity with error, as with vice, has a tendency to make you insensible of its deformity. This tendency results partly from the power of habit, and partly from the deceitful nature of sin; and it exists universally, though it must be acknowledged that it is often counteracted by the influence of circumstances. The process by which it discovers itself, needs only to be described, to be recognised by everyone as a reality. The youth who has been educated to reverence the Bible as God’s word, when he first hears it assailed by infidel cavils and scoffs, shudders at the impiety, and perhaps wonders that God suffers such a wretch to live.

He hears the same thing the second time, but with less horror than before. He hears it again and again, and at length ceases to be affected by the impiety. At no distant period, he gathers bravery enough to smile at what once made him tremble; to assent to that, which once drew from him expressions of abhorrence. At a more remote point in the process, he cordially takes the infidel by the hand, and greets him as a brother; thus, perhaps, in a little period, having travelled the whole distance from a firm belief to a total rejection of the Bible. Say, my young friends, whether all this is not perfectly natural, and easily accounted for on the principle that familiarity with error blinds the mind to its inherent odiousness. Venture not then in the way of evil instruction, lest, through the operation of the same principle, you should be the subjects of the same disastrous change. ...

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