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Shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under
grace? God forbid.

Rom. 6: 15.

When we preach the forgiveness of sins by pure grace without
any work of man, the sinfulness of the world claims that we
either forbid good works, or else try to draw the conclusion
that man may continue to live in sin and follow his own pleasure;
the truth is, that people may be empowered to do good works
by our teaching to the praise, honor and glory of God. Our
teaching, rightly understood, does not lead to pride and vice,
but to humility and obedience.

In matters of temporal government, whether domestic or
civil, it is understood that he who asks for pardon confesses
that he is guilty, acknowledges his error and promises to reform
and transgress no more. When the judge extends mercy and
pardon to the thief deserving to be hung, the law is canceled
by grace. But though the law is indeed canceled for him and
grace delivers him from the rope and the sword, life is not
granted him that he may continue to steal and murder; he is
rather supposed to become honest and virtuous. If he does not,
the law will again overtake him and punish him as he deserves.
Every one can readily comprehend this principle in temporal
things ; no one is so stupid as to tolerate the idea of grace being
granted to extend opportunity to do wrong. It is only the gospel
doctrine concerning God's grace and the forgiveness of sin
that must suffer the slanderous misrepresentation that makes it
abolish good works or give occasion for sin. We are told that
God, in his unfathomable grace, has canceled the sentence of
eternal death and hell-fire which, according to the law and
divine judgment, we deserved, and has given us instead the freedom
of life eternal; thus our life is purely of grace. Certainly
we are not pardoned that we may live as before when, under
condemnation and wrath, we incurred death. We are to conduct
ourselves as men made alive and saved, that we fall not from
grace and pass again under judgment and the sentence of eternal

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