If God should ask us to do some hard thing that did not depend upon our will, but only upon our circumstances, we could justly excuse ourselves. And this consideration justifies the actual requirement. God asks something we can do of ourselves. Every creature whom Christ died to redeem has a free will of his own. If God asks us to exercise our will, he asks something that all men everywhere can do. And so he has left all men without excuse. If you do not choose to love God there is nothing to compel you. You can go on unloving and rejecting, because you are free. But you ought to understand clearly that this is your trouble, and not any of these vain excuses that you make.
~ William Curtis Stiles, Excuse Me (1898)