Universalist Quote of the Day #231

“As the mother may permit her well-loved child liberties which may lead it to some pain, to the end of its discipline, but not liberties that will involve it in utter ruin; as she may allow it to stumble over a clod, but not off a precipice; as she may suffer it, if it will do so, to put its hand of a warm stove, but not into a red-hot one,–so God may grant his children a disciplinary freedom, in the use of which they may draw on themselves pains and penalties, in order to a free and ideal obedience; but he cannot, on any ground of justice or good-will, grant them a liberty which he foresees they will turn to an eternal woe.”

–Rev. Sumner Ellis

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