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Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection
Formalism: Tricks of
In Mrs. Grant's 'Letters from the Mountains' (1806), is the following anecdote of the then Duchess of Gordon. 'The duchess said that on Sunday she never saw company, nor played cards, nor went out: in England, indeed, she did so, because every one else did the same, but she would not introduce those manners into this country (Scotland). I stared at these gradations of piety growing warmer as it came northward, but was wise enough to stare silently.'
The tricks of formalism and hypocrisy are evermore the same. Man is regarded more than God. What Mrs. Grundy may say has far more influence with many than what the Lord may say. This is miserable meanness and rank impiety.
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Spurgeon, Charles. Entry for 'Formalism: Tricks of'. Charles Spurgeon's Illustration Collection. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fff/f/formalism-tricks-of.html. 1870.
the Week of Proper 21 / Ordinary 26