“The real litmus test, if I may be so bold, is to manage to be accused simultaneously of antinomianism and legalism. When you have gotten to the point where any stick is good enough to beat you with, then you really have something. This is like what one Puritan called the bracing experience of ‘living in the high mountain air of public calumny.’ The legalists think you are a libertine, and the libertines think you are a fusser, and they all say so in loud voices. That’s the ticket. For many among the contemporary Reformed, a legalist is someone who loves Jesus more than they do, and an antinomian is one who appears to enjoy loving Jesus like that” (Against the Church, pp. 90-91).
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