There is an idea in the world that persons ought to be very religious on a Sunday, but that it does not matter what they are on a Monday. How many pious preachers are there on the Sabbath-day, who are very impious preachers during the rest of the week! How many are there who come up to the house of God with a solemn countenance who is in the songs and profess to pray, yet have neither part nor lot in the matter, but are “in the gall of bitterness and in the bonds of iniquity!” This is true of some of you who are present here. When should a Christian, then, be like Jesus Christ? Is there a time when he may strip off his regimentals—when the warrior may unbuckle his armour, and become like other men? Oh! no; at all times, and in every place let the Christian be what he professes to be.
The New Park Street Pulpit Sermons, vol. 1 (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1855), 160-161. Vol. 1, Sermon No. 20; Titled: Christ’s People – Imitators of Him; Delivered on Sabbath. Click here for a free PDF of this sermon.