God Must Be First

“He that makes religion his business

  • believes that to fear God with a secondary fear is atheism;
  • that to trust God with a secondary trust is treason;
  • that to honor God with a secondary honor is idolatry;
  • and to love God with a secondary love is adultery;

therefore he loves (and fears and trust and honors) ‘the Lord his God with all his heart, with all his soul and with all his strength.’ (Matthew 22:36-37).

– Trading and Thriving in Godliness: The Piety of George Swinnock, ed. Stephen Yuille, Reformation Heritage Books, pp. 83, 84

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