Quotes to Ponder from the Puritans

Richard Baxter, the Puritan, on Lust. “Though it be the man’s sin and vanity that is the cause, it is nevertheless your sin (women) to be the unnecessary occasion, for you must consider that you live among diseased souls and you must not lay a stumbling-block in their way nor blow up the fire of their lusts, nor make your ornaments their snares, but you must walk among sinful persons as you would do with a candle among straw or gunpowder, or else you may see the flame which you would not foresee when it is too late to quench it.”

John Flavel, the Puritan, on Sin. “Oh, Sirs, deal with sin as sin, and speak of heaven and hell as they are, and not as if you were in jest.”

John Owen, Puritan, on Sin. “The indulgence of one sin opens the door to further sins.”

Matthew Henry, Puritan, on the world. “A good man, in such a bad world as this, cannot but be a man of sorrows.”

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