Pure and Genuine Religion

Such is pure and genuine religion, namely, confidence in God coupled with serious fear – fear, which both includes in it willing reverence, and brings along with it such legitimate worship as is prescribed by the Law. And it ought to be more carefully considered that all men promiscuously do homage to God, but very few truly reverence him. On all hands there is abundance of ostentatious ceremonies, but sincerity of heart is rare.

– John Calvin Institutes of the Christian Religion; Book 1, Chapter 2, Section 2 (Peabody, Ma: Hendrickson 2008), 8.

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