Wednesday, January 13, 2010

assurance and personal responsibility is not owing to God, nor to any of his revelations, that true
saints ever doubt of their state; his revelations are plain and clear,
and his rules sufficient for men to determine their own condition by.
But, for the most part, it is owing to their own sloth, and giving way
to their sinful dispositions. Must God's institutions and revelations
be answerable for all the perplexities men bring on themselves,
through their own negligence and unwatchfulness? It is wisely ordered
that the saints should escape perplexity in no other way than that of
great strictness, diligence, and maintaining the lively, laborious,
and self-denying exercises of religion.

Jonathan Edwards
An Humble Inquiry (Works 12:298)