When a man is driven to acts of obedience by the dread of God’s wrath revealed in the law and not drawn to them by the belief of His love revealed in the gospel, when he fears God because of His power and justice and not because of His goodness, when he regards God more as an avenging Judge than as a compassionate Friend and Father, and when he contemplates God rather as terrible in majesty than as infinite in grace and mercy, he shows that he is under the dominion or, at least, under the prevalence of a legal spirit. – John Colquhoun (1748-1827)


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