‘Be as little as you can in scandalous and tempting company.’ Presume not to touch pitch, and promise yourselves to escape defilement; especially fly from two sorts of scandals. First, The discourses and societies of heretical or schismatical men, who speak perverse things to draw away disciples after them. Those that presume to run into such snares, and think their own understanding and stability are sufficient to preserve them, do shew by their pride that they are near a falle. Secondly, The company of sensual persons, at stage-plays, gaming, inordinate plays, and wanton dalliance. For this is to bring your tinder and gunpowder to the fire; and the less you fear it, the greater is your danger.
Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 231–232.
Crossing the Styx, illustration by Gustave Doré, 1861. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=460728
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