The instruction of words is not so powerful as the exhortation of works, for if they teach well and neglect to do well, they shall hardly profit from their hearers. Let us declare and profess that will, men will judge of us after all by our works. So that it is a dishonor to God, a scandal to religion, and a cause to why many become Atheists that men are permitted to preach and teach the people, who are unsound in morals, yea, guilty of some of the evil above mentioned. - W. Mather 1742
Does anyone else find it interesting that statements like this are timeless? Apparently the same issues have plagued mankind for quite awhile! What a wonderful reminder to us to completely understand from whom we get our information, as the application may yield the same results the teacher has yeilded.