Wise words from the English pastor Charles Simeon (1759–1836):
Of this he is [= I am] sure, that there is not a decided Calvinist or Arminian in the world who equally approves of the whole of Scripture . . . who, if he had been in the company of St. Paul whilst he was writing his Epistles, would not have recommended him to alter one or other of his expressions.
But the author would not wish one of them altered; he finds as much satisfaction in one class of passages as another; and employs the one, he believes, as freely as the other. Where the inspired Writers speak in unqualified terms, he thinks himself at liberty to do the same; judging that they needed no instruction from him how to propagate the truth. He is content to sit as a learner at the feet of the holy Apostles and has no ambition to teach them how they ought to have spoken.
Cited in H.C.G. Moule, Charles Simeon (London: InterVarsity, 1948), 79.
Update: Wesley Parker below shares a helpful related quote from Charles Spurgeon, from this sermon:
My love of consistency with my own doctrinal views is not great enough to allow me knowingly to alter a single text of Scripture.
I have great respect for orthodoxy, but my reverence for inspiration is far greater.
I would sooner a hundred times over appear to be inconsistent with myself than be inconsistent with the word of God.