"If therefore persons are religious only by fits and starts; if they now and then seem to be raised up to the clouds in their affections, and then suddenly fall down again, lose all, and become quite careless and carnal, and this is their manner of carrying on religion; if they appear greatly moved and mightily engaged in religion only in extraordinary seasons, in the time of a remarkable outpouring of the Spirit, or other uncommon dispensation of providence, or upon the real or supposed receipt of some extraordinary temporal mercy, or suppose that they are newly converted, or have lately had what they call a great covery; but quickly return to such a frame, that their hearts are chiefly upon other things, and the prevailing bent of their affections is ordinarily towards the things of this world, they clearly evince their unsoundness."
Jonathan Edwards. "The Religious Affections." Dover Publications, Inc: Mineola, New York. (1746) 2013. p.298-299.
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