‘Suit all your discourse to the quality of your auditors.’ That which is best in itself, may not be best for every hearer. You must vary both your subject and manner of discourse,
1. According to the variety of men’s knowledge; the wise and the foolish must not be spoken to alike.
2. According to the variety of their moral qualities; one may be very pious, and another weak in grace, and another only teachable aud tractable, and another wicked and impenitent, and another obstinate and scornful. These must not be talked to with the same manner of discourse.
3. According to the variety of particular sins which they are inclined to; which in some is pride, in some sensuality, lust or idleness, in some covetousness, and in some an erroneous zeal against the church and cause of Christ.
Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 256.
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