A number of years ago, Scripture Studies.com., put out a series of excerpts from one of my heroes, Richard Baxter’s Christian Directory that was a real treat to see online. Specifically, the excerpts consisted of Baxter’s Directions to Young Christians.
I thought I would provide an even smaller excerpt and include the link for you to check out more of good Mr. Baxter’s most excellent spiritual counsel. He was a physician of souls indeed! As one person put it, “And in our day of spiritual fads and consumerism, his direction is needed more than ever.” I couldn’t agree more. I thought these directions were particularly fitting for Christian men of all ages who are at a variety of distances in their Christian pilgrimages. May Baxter’s words bless you as continue to pursue godly manhood.
Here’s Direction 1…
Take heed lest it be the novelty or reputation of truth and godliness, that takes with you, more than the solid evidence of their excellency and necessity; lest when the novelty and reputation are gone, your religion wither and consume away.
…To this kind of professor, the greatest truths grow out of fashion, and they grow weary of them, as of dull and ordinary things; they must have some new light, or new way of religion that lately came in fashion; their souls are weary of that manna that at first was acceptable to them, as angels’ food. Old things seem low, and new things high to them; and to entertain some novelty in religion, is to grow up to more maturity: and too many such at last so far overthrive their old apparel, that the old Christ and old gospel are left behind them.
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