Backsliding and the covenant of grace (Oliver Heywood)

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Adam by his fall deserved to die the death, but God did not execute the sentence, for covenant grace interposed, and saved him. Remember, we are under a new covenant, a covenant of grace, which admits of sincerity, and pardons failings: God deals with us according to gospel grace, not legal rigour; God heals backslidings upon repenting, and acting of faith on Jesus Christ.

Oliver Heywood, Baptismal Bonds Renewed (1687) in The Whole Works of the Rev. Oliver Heywood, B.A. (5 vols, Idle: John Vint, 1826), 4: 180.