Pristine Grace

Our Greatest Danger
by Robert Sandeman

Our Greatest Danger

     Our greatest danger is, lest we forget our due regard to the Gospel by paying too much to men. And had I formally understood certain idols of the present generation of Pharisees as well as I do now, I had treated them even less respect than I have done; for my friends and I in evaluating Gospel preachers, judge it safest, first to settle in our minds what is the Gospel that Paul preached; and we consider none as Gospel preachers but those who objectively preach that. If men do not truthfully preach that, it signifies little to us what pretensions they may have to the character of being ‘truly gracious persons, sincere in their views, sound in their principles, or having a real love to the doctrines of what is called Free Grace.’ Many, it would seem, having first imbibed a high opinion of the goodness of certain eminent preachers, too fondly or inconsiderately presume their doctrine must be sound; and thus the attention of many is drawn away from the ancient form of sound words and simplicity of the apostolic Faith, which insensibly wears out of sight, while the minds of men are occupied with the importance of other things very foreign to it.