The tree is to be known by its fruits

Posted: May 29, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life

“The apostles… in addressing others also whom they conceive to be living in habits of sin, and under the wrath of God, they rather advise them to amend their ways as a preparation for their coming to Christ, than exhort them to throw themselves with deep prostration of soul at the foot of the cross, there to obtain pardon and find grace to help in time of need… Doubtless there have been too many who, to their eternal ruin, have abused the doctrine of Salvation by Grace; and have vainly trusted in Christ for pardon and acceptance, when by their vicious lives they have plainly proved the groundlessness of their pretensions. The tree is to be known by its fruits; and there is too much reason to fear that there is no principle of faith, when it does not decidedly evince itself by the fruits of holiness… Repentance towards God, and faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, was the sum of the apostolical instructions.”

– William Wilberforce

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  1. kim/nannykim says:

    I haven’t seen many quotes by Wilberforce—cool.

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