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Let the manner of repoof fit the end

January 19, 2017

 

‘Be sure first that your reproof have a right end; and then let the manner be suited to that end.’ If it be to convince and convert a soul, it must be done in a manner likely to prevail; if it be only to bear down the arguments of a deceiver, to preserve the standers-by, to vindicate the honour of God and godliness, and to dishonour sin, and to disgrace an obstinate factor of the devil, then another course is fit.

Richard Baxter, William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 6 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 258.

 

"Plato and Aristotle in the School of Athens" by Raphael, showing Plato (left), pointing up to the ideals, and Aristotle (right), reaching out towards the physical world. Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4920989

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