Saturday, October 25, 2014
American Protestantism is characterized by a peculiar evil which I may describe by the term "spurious revivalism." The common mischief resulting from all its forms is the over-hasty reception into the communion of the churches of multitudes of persons whom time proves to have experienced no spiritual change. In most cases, these mischievous accessions are brought by sensational human expedients. It is an unpopular thing for a minister of the gospel to bear this witness. But it is true. And my regard for that account which I must soon render at a more awful bar than that of arrogant public opinion demands its utterance.
R. L. Dabney, 1892, cited in The Berean Call, "Quotable," September 1992