“Adherence to the rule of law defines a conseravtive [sic].”
With some qualification, Hewitt’s sentence might have some good spiritual application as well. Does this jettison grace? Not by any means. It is the use of law one makes that defines whethere he is legalistic or obedient (term which I prefer to “conservative”). If one considers the law as the means by which one may recommend onself to God as just and worthy of eternal life, one’s approach to law is legalistic. If, however, one recognizes that salvation comes freely as a gift from God through the death of Christ, and that the conditions of receiving and maintaining that grace in one’s life are one’s obedience to the commandments of God, then one’s approach to the law of liberty is healthy, correct, and necessary.