But it happens that many, from frequent hearing of the Gospel, are conscious of little longing for it, because they have not the spirit of Christ. But he who wishes fully and with relish to know the words of Christ, must be zealous to bring his whole life into conformity with him.
It is vanity to hope for long life and to take little thought fora good life. It is vanity only to attend only to the present life, and not look forward to thing things to come. It is vanity to love that which passes with all speed away, and not to be hastening thither where endless joy abides.
The plain truth is that a right knowledge of sin lies at the root of all saving Christianity.
If a man does not realize the dangerous nature of his soul’s disease, you cannot wonder if he is content with false or imperfect remedies.
I say furthermore, that “a sin,” to speak more particularly, consists of doing, saying, thinking, or imagining, anything that is not in perfect conformity with the mind and law of God.