Legal Bondage

“On the Romish theory, which transmutes the gospel into a new law, the system of ethics never escapes from legal bondage, and is never ushered into liberty; for it discourages all assurance of salvation.  So long as men are exhorted to merit salvation, pride – the inmost sin of the human heart – never can be destroyed.  While attention is limited to single sins, to the neglect of the sinful nature, men have no humbling discovery of sin;  and thus their whole ethical system oscillates between bondage and spiritual pride.”

-George Smeaton, from his The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, P.245

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