“It is not the bad conduct of a few individuals, in any denomination of Christians, that proves any thing on either side, even though they may be zealous advocates for the peculiar tenets of the party which they espouse. It is the conduct of the general body from which we ought to form our estimate. That there are men of bad character who attend on our preaching is not denied; perhaps some of the worst: but if it be so, it proves nothing to the dishonour of our principles. Those who, in the first ages of Christianity, were not humbled by the gospel, were generally hardened by it.
Nay, were it allowed that we have a greater number of hypocrites than the Socinians, (as it has been insinuated that the hypocrisy and preciseness of some people afford matter of just disgust to speculative Unitarians,) I do not think this supposition, any more than the other, dishonourable to our principles.
Excerpt From “The Calvinistic and Socinian Systems Examined and Compared”, 1802
Fuller, Andrew, The Works of Andrew Fuller. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2007.