Friday, June 14, 2019

Baxter: sects

Friday, June 14, 2019
    Commemoration of Richard Baxter, Priest, Hymnographer, Teacher, 1691
    All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
    —Acts 4:32 (NIV)
    I apprehend it is a matter of great necessity to imprint true catholicism on the minds of Christians, it being a most lamentable thing to observe how few Christians in the world there be, that fall not into one sect or other... And if they can but get to be of a sect which they think the holiest (as the Anabaptists and the Separatists), or which is the largest (as the Greeks and the Romans), they think then that they are sufficiently warranted to deny others to be God’s Church, or at least to deny them Christian love and communion.
    ... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. I, ed. William Orme, London: J. Duncan, 1830, p. 595-596 (see the book)
    See also Acts 4:32; Ps. 133:1; John 17:20-21; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 4:3-6; Phil. 2:2-4; Heb. 13:1; 1 Pet. 3:8
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, heal our divisions.
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