“You hear never a sermon, but you are invited to the practice of some virtues, and warned against some vices. Are you the better for that? Is not Every one of you the same now, (if not worse), as he was before, and shall be hereafter? What makes you then come to church? Is it the care of your Salvation? If it was so, you would improve your lives, and grow better in proportion to ye Sermons wch you hear. But to tell the truth, most part come to church to avoid the shame of being without ye appearance of Religion, and with that outward appearance, pretend to have discharged all the Duties of it.”
The Rev. Mr. Thomas Gwatkin, c1774, Williamsburg, Virginia.