QOTD – Richard Baxter

Think about what he’s saying here, particularly the list of sins that in his time he considered safely outside the realm of such controversy and consider the tragic wisdom of his words.

It is almost incredible how much ground the devil takes when he has once made sin a matter of controversy: some are of one mind, and some of another; you are of one opinion and I am of another. If it were ever a controversy whether drunkenness, sexual promiscuity, swearing, stealing or any villainy were a sin or not, it would be committed more commonly and with much less regret of conscience. By this means, good men themselves are dangerous disabled to resist sin, and are more prepared to commit it. Take heed lest the devil cast you into this sleep of carnal security.

– Richard Baxter (1615-1691)

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