"If God reveals...[the gospel for his] purpose, and men use it quite unto another, they do not receive the word of God, nor believe the thing revealed, but steal the word and delude their own souls...God reveals forgiveness unto him by Christ to be his all...God intend[s the gospel] as new foundation of obedience, of love, and thankfulness. That men should love because forgiven, and be holy because pardoned...that it might be the righteousness of a sinner, and a spring of new obedience in him, all to the praise of grace...the most of men seem to put a studied despite on the gospel. They either proclaim it to be an unholy and polluted way, by turning its grace into...[a license to sin], or a weak and insufficient way, by striving to twist it in with their own righteousness; both of which [license and legalism] are an abomination to the Lord...they are but few who seriously receive this fundamental truth of the gospel, - namely, that there is forgiveness with God. Poor creatures sport themselves with their own deceivings, and perish by their own delusions."
-John Owen, "An Exposition of Psalm 130". The Works of John Owen, Volume VI. The Banner of Truth Trust: Carlisle, PA. (1668) 2000. pp.514-515.