“The highest degree of moral excellence of which human beings are capable, consists in imitating that perfect and glorious Being who is impartially good to his offspring; blessing them all, the evil and the good, the thankless and the thankful. Those whose conduct bears the most striking resemblance to the examples of the Great Father, are best entitled to the name of his children. If we love only those who love us, we are no better than publicans. Hence we are commanded to be as perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect; or in the words of an Apostle, ‘Be ye followers of God as dear children.'”
–George Truesdale Flanders, Review of Alexander Hall’s “Universalism Against Itself.” E.C. Church: Zanesville, OH, 1847: 118.