Richard Baxter – Narrow Is The Way

13 Nov

Richard BaxterIf you go into twenty families, and ask them all, Whether any of them are in an unsanctified state, unrenewed and unpardoned, and under the wrath and curse of God? you will meet with few that will not tell you, they hope it is better with them than so; and though they are sinners, as all are, yet that they are repenting, pardoned sinners. Nay, there is scarce one of many of the most wicked and notoriously ungodly, but hope they are in a penitent, pardoned state. Even the haters of God will say they love him; and the scorners at godliness will say that they are not ungodly; and that it is but hypocrisy and singularity that they deride: and it were well for them, if saying so would go for proof, and he that will be their judge would take their words. But God will not be deceived, though foolish men are wise enough to deceive themselves. Wickedness will be wickedness when it hath clothed itself with the fairest names: God will condemn it when it hath found out the most plausible pretences and excuses. Though the ungodly think to bear it out in pride and scorn, and think to be saved by their hypocritical lip-service, as soon as the most holy worshippers of the Lord, yet “shall they be like chaff which the wind driveth away: they shall not be able to stand in judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.” And if God know better than foolish men, then certainly the flock is little to whom the “Father will give the kingdom.” And “wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be that go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” When Christ was asked, “Lord, are there few that be saved?” he answered, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.”

~Richard Baxter~




The Practical Works of Richard Baxter, Vol. 2 (London, England; James Duncan; 1830) p. 5-6

Books by Richard Baxter

Other Baxter Quotes at The Old Guys

2 Responses to “Richard Baxter – Narrow Is The Way”

  1. mydelightandmycounsellors November 13, 2013 at 6:22 pm #

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