Samuel Rutherford on the danger of mixing grace and works in justification

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We utterly deny that Antinomians can make good their charge, that we mix works and the Law in matter of justification, with faith, and the free grace of God.

1. Works done by grace smell of the mired fountain they spring from, they are polluted with sin; now Paul Rom. 3. saith, All Jews and Gentiles have sinned, none doth good. Psal. 14. Psal. 53. Void of sin, therefore by the Law can no flesh be justified; and so the righteousness by which we stand before God must be free of sin, and free of a breach deserving a curse, which must fall on us, if we continue not in all the Law in the most gracious works we can do, yea, if not in all that the Law requires to the least jot or tittle; we are not justified now with such a Gospel-inherent righteousness as no man hath.

2. Christ must be a Saviour by halves and quarters, if we divide the righteousness of our Saviour between faith or works, between Christ and our merits. Free grace is a jealous thing, and admitteth of neither compartner, corrivall, or fellow with Christ. Paul will have his own righteousness in the plea, but dung. ...

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