William Aird Thomson on the necessity of both faith and repentance

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
That repentance and faith are both essential to the attainment of eternal life. Though this has speculatively, it has not practically, been assented to by many professing Christians. Some have attached a high importance to repentance, but have at the same time almost entirely overlooked the necessity of faith. They think that if a man refrain from vicious habits, and be humane, charitable, just, and sober, he has attained the great end of all religion — he is a good man, and therefore must be held to be a good Christian; and they not unfrequently look upon and speak of those who attach a special importance to faith in Christ, as enthusiasts and visionaries, and sometimes go the length of representing them as favouring the doctrine that man may sin that grace may abound.

Others, again, have attached a high importance to faith in Christ; but at the same time have forgotten the equally high importance which belongs to repentance. They think that if a man believe the gospel, and entertain a zealous attachment to a sound creed, he must be a true Christian; and they not unfrequently look on those who insist on the necessity of repentance and good works as persons destitute of evangelical views, ignorant of the truth, attached to legal doctrine, and going about to establish their own righteousness. ...

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