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.
An excerpt from the prayer “Paradoxes” found in The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Banner of Truth, 1975), pp. 128-129 (Bonded Leather Edition).