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What a heinous sin it is to be scandalized

January 5, 2017


Many cry out against scandal, that never think what a heinous sin it is to be scandalized, or to suffer men’s sins to be a scandal to you; and to be the worse, because that others are so bad. No one must differ from them in an opinion, or a fashion of apparel, or in a mode or form of worship, but some are presently scandalized; not knowing that it is a greater sin in them to be scandalized, than in the other by such means (supposing them to be faulty) to give them the occasion. Do you know what it is to be scandalized or offended in the Scripture sense? It is not merely to be displeased, or to dislike another’s actions (as is before said); but it is to be drawn into some sin, or hindered from some duty, or stopped in the course of religion, or to think the worse of truth, or duty, or a godly life, because of other men’s words or actions; and do you think him a good Christian, and a faithful or constant friend to godliness, who is so easily brought to quarrel with it?

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 232–233.


Auerbachs Keller, Grimmaische Straße in Leipzig. Photo by Frank Vincentz - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=53280859

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