Not markedly different

(J. A. James, "The Christian Professor" 1837)

When I look into the New Testament, and read
what a Christian should be
, and then look into
the church of God, and see what Christians are--
I am painfully affected by observing the dissimilarity!

That worldly spirit to which our age of growing
selfishness and luxury gives rise, is exceedingly
adverse to Christianity, whose elements are
faith, hope, love.

The church of Christ at present, is sadly mixed up
with both the spirit of the world, and many of its
. The great bulk of professing Christians
are not markedly different from the 'followers
of pleasure' and the 'worshipers of Mammon'.