I will be as harsh as truth and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject [slavery] I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher...? No! No!
William Lloyd Garison, 1805-1879
In the epistle of Jude we find an apostate Christendom in all its appalling forms of wickedness, just as in Malachi we find apostate Judaism.... [But] thanks and praise to our gracious God, there is always a remnant marked off from the mass of corrupt profession, and characterized by genuine attachment to Christ, to His interests, and to every member of His beloved body...[who] hold fast His word in the face of everything, are devoted to His precious interests, and who love His appearing....
[We] are directed [by Jude] to the Holy Scriptures, and to these alone...to the pure and precious word of God, that perfect revelation which in His infinite goodness He has put into our hands, and which can make a little child “wise unto salvation” and make a man “perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Tm 3:15-17)....
C. H. Mackintosh, 1820-1896
Truly it is evil to be full of faults, but it is a still greater evil to be full of them, and to be unwilling to recognize them.
Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662