The “Almost Christian” – An 18th-Century Encouragement to Be Berean

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“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.” Acts 26:28 (KJV)

“An almost Christian is one of the most hurtful creatures in the world. He is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He is one of those false prophets of whom our Lord bids us beware, who would persuade men that the way to heaven is broader than it really is, and thereby enter not into the kingdom of God themselves, and those that are entering in they hinder.”

“These, these are the men who turn the world into a lukewarm Laodicean spirit; who hang out false lights, and so shipwreck unthinking benighted souls in their voyage to the haven where they would be.”

“These are they that are greater enemies of the cross of Christ than infidels themselves; for, of an unbeliever everyone will be aware; but an almost Christian, through his subtle hypocrisy, draws away many after him, and therefore must expect to receive the greater damnation.”

George Whitefield
from “A Sermon Preached In The Parish Church of St. John, Wapping,” originally published in 1738

Citation from George Whitefield: The Life And Times of The Great Evangelist Of The 18th Century Revival by Arnold Dallimore

[Contributed by Bud Ahlheim]

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