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Be especially tender of the reputation

December 17, 2016


‘Be especially tender of the reputation of those, that the souls of men have most dependance on: as the preachers of the Gospel, and the most eminent men of knowledge and religiousness.’ Not that I desire that sin should be the better thought of for being theirs, or that evil should be called good in any; but experience hath told the world since God and the devil had their several ways and servants upon earth, that it hath been the devil’s most usual successful course, to wound religion through the sides of the religious, and to blame the persons, when he would turn men from the way! For he knoweth that religious persons have their faults, and in them his malice may find somewhat to fasten on; but religion hath no fault, and malice itself is seldom so impudent, as to speak directly against a holy, heavenly life. But the way is to make those disgraceful and odious, who are noted to lead such a life; and then secretly to infer, ‘If those that seem godly be no better, you need not, be godly, you are as well as you are. This religion is but a fantasy; a needless, if not a troublesome, hurtful thing.’

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 221–222.


The Whisper: Andre Wallace, 1984 location Bronze outside Central Milton Keynes Library. Commissioned by Milton Keynes Development Corporation and donated to Milton Keynes Council.


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