Tell me what you think of sin, and I will tell you what you think of God, of Christ, of the Spirit, of the divine law, of the blessed Gospel, and of all necessary truth.  He, who looks upon sin merely as a fiction, as a misfortune, or as a trifle, sees no necessity either for deep repentance or a great atonement.  He, who sees no sin in himself, will feel no need of a Saviour.  He, who is conscious of no evil at work in his heart, will desire no change of nature.  He, who regards sin as a slight affair, will think a few tears, or an outward reformation ample satisfaction.  The truth is, no man ever thought himself a greater sinner before God than he really was.  Nor was any man ever more distressed at his sins that he had just cause to be.  He, who never felt it to be ‘an evil and a bitter thing to depart from God,’ is to this hour an enemy of his Maker, rebel against his rightful and righteous Sovereign. 

William Plumer D.D., The Grace of Christ or Sinners Saved by Unmerited Kindness. Presbyterian Board of Publication, Philadelphia, 1853, p. 20.

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