Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum - Theology is the doctrine of living unto God through Christ

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Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) apparently received a letter from a woman who feared that she did not see enough of her own personal sin to draw near the Saviour. He replied:

“I would first, then, say to you, that you are not to wait till you have mourned enough for sin ere you accept the Saviour. You complain that you have not such deep views of sin as experienced Christians speak of; but how did they acquire them? They are the fruits of their experience in Christ, and not of their experience out of Christ. They had them not before their union with the Saviour. It was on more slender conceptions of the evil of sin than they now have that they went to Christ, that they closed with Him, and that they received from His sanctifying hand a more contrite spirit than before — a more tender conscience than before…

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