Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Gist of True Piety

The gist of true piety does not consist in a fear which would gladly flee the judgment of God, but ... rather in a pure and true zeal which loves God altogether as Father, and reveres him truly as lord, embraces his justice and dreads to offend him more than to die.

- John Calvin, p. 40, footnote 1, Institutes of the Christian Religion

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