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Richard Baxter Quotes (1615-1691)
On Christian Humility
Richard Baxter quote on humility and its vital necessity in Christian character:
"The very design of the gospel doth tend to self-abasing; and the work of grace is begun and carried on in humiliation. Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature: it is a contradiction to be a sanctified man, or a true Christian, and not humble." – Richard Baxter
On Pastoral Humility
Richard Baxter quote on pastoral humility:
"Our very business is to teach the great lesson of self-denial and humility to our people, and how unfit is it then that we should be proud ourselves!" – Richard Baxter
On the Unbelieving
Richard Baxter quote on the Unbelieving:
"They are now in a dead sleep, and dream that they are the happiest men in the world; but when death awakes them, how will their judgments be changed in a moment! and they that would not see, shall then see, and be ashamed." – Richard Baxter
Richard Baxter quote on pride:
"Doth any man live more to himself, or less to God, than the proud?" – Richard Baxter
On Pride and Self-Exaltation
Richard Baxter quote on pride and self-exaltation:
"Men so magnify their own opinions ... as if it were all one to differ from them and from God." – Richard Baxter
On Hard Hearts
Richard Baxter quote on "A hard heart now makes heaven and hell seem but trifles:"
"A hard heart now makes heaven and hell seem but trifles. We have showed them everlasting glory and misery, and they are as men asleep; our words are as stones cast against a wall, which fly back in our faces. We talk of terrible things, but it is to dead men; we search the wounds, but they never feel it; we speak to rocks rather than to men; the earth will as soon tremble as they. But when these dead souls are revived, what passionate sensibility, what working affections, what pangs of horror, what depths of sorrow will there then be! How violently will they denounce and reproach themselves! How will they rage against their former madness! The lamentations of the most affectionate wife for the loss of her husband, or of the tenderest mother for the loss of her children, will be nothing to theirs for the loss of heaven." – Richard Baxter
On Pride and Self-Exaltation in Pastors
Richard Baxter quote on pride and self-exaltation in pastors, preachers, and ministers:
"When we speak to drunkards, worldlings, or any ignorant, unconverted men, we disgrace them as in that condition to the utmost, and lay it on as plainly as we can speak, and tell them of their sin, and shame, and misery: and we expect, not only that they should bear all patiently, but take all thankfully, and we have good reasons for all this; and most that I deal with do take it patiently ... But if we speak to a godly minister against his errors or any sin ... if it be not more an applause than a reprehension, they take it as an injury almost insufferable." – Richard Baxter