Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Baxter: an unsanctified preacher

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
    Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.
    —James 3:1 (NIV)
    It is a fearful case to be an unsanctified professor, but much more to be an unsanctified preacher. Doth it not make you tremble when you open the Bible, lest you should read there the sentence of your own condemnation? When you pen your sermons, little do you think that you are drawing up indictments against your own souls! ... Oh what an aggravated misery is this, to perish in the midst of plenty, and to famish with the bread of life in our hands, while we offer it to others, and urge it on them!
    ... Richard Baxter (1615-1691), The Reformed Pastor [1655], in The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, v. IV, G. Virtue, 1838, p. 423 (see the book)
    See also Jas. 3:1; Ps. 32:1-2; Matt. 25:45; John 3:18-19; 6:35,48-51; Rom. 5:1-2; 8:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, rescue those trapped in error.
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