Our Knowledge of God

Baillie, John

Scribner, 1939

p. 96

Is there a clear, sharp line that divides believer and unbeliever? Black and white difference? Or righter and wronger shades of gray? Jesus did divide sheep from goats, but it was also really characteristic of him to “recognize the germ of saving faith in men and women who were as far as possible below the line which the Pharisees so confidently drew. If there were any whom he seemed to exclude utterly, it was those who were so sure that others were excluded.” Baillie: A person can't be wholly out of fellowship with God, for then she would be totally corrupt--no longer a real human being at all.