The fabled mermaid had the upper part like a woman and the lower like a fish. Beautiful in the distance, but repulsive when near. The mermaid Christian is no fable. They put on the form, but deny the power. The visible part of their character is attractive, but the hidden part is brutish. "As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he" before God (Proverbs 23:7).

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