“He who looks upon sin merely as a fiction, as a misfortune, or as a trifle, sees no necessity either for deep repentance of a great atonement.
“He who sees no sin in himself will feel no need of a Saviour. He who is conscious of no evil at work in his heart, will desire no change of nature. He who regards sin as a slight affair will think a few tears or an outward reformation ample satisfaction. The truth is no man ever thought himself a greater sinner before God than he really was. Nor was any man ever more distressed at his sin than he had just cause to be.”
-William S. Plumer, quoted by Robin Boisvert in This Great Salvation (1992)
[HT: Of First Importance]