The greater part of those things wherein you seem to differ may be owing either to a difference in the manner of expressing yourselves, or to the affixing of consequences to a principle which are yet unperceived by him that holds it.Quoted in the introduction to The Atonement Controversy, p. xxiv
I do not accuse either of you with doing so intentionally; but principles and their consequences are so suddenly associated in the mind, that when we hear a person avow the former, we can scarcely forbear immediately attributing to him the latter.
If a principle be proposed to us for acceptance, it is right to weigh the consequences; but when forming our judgement of the person who holds it, we should attach nothing to him but when he perceives and avows.
Or as Scott Clark once put it:
My teacher Derke Bergsma always says, "Gentleman, when you go heresy hunting, be sure to use a rifle, not a shotgun."