Peace without Misery
Sometimes we are inclined to think that a great portion of American revivalism has been more a curse than a blessing, because it has led thousands to a kind of peace before they have known their misery; restoring the prodigal to the Father’s house, and never making him say, ‘Father, I have sinned.’ The old-fashioned sense of sin is despised . . . The consequence is that men leap into religion and then leap out again. Unhumbled they come into the church, unhumbled they remain in it, and unhumbled they go from it.
—Charles Spurgeon, quoted in Iain Murray, The Old Evangelicalism(Banner of Truth, 2005), 26–27.