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Baxter on Backsliding 3 - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Backsliding - Part 3 of 3
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Proverbs 14:14a
Nov 03, 1999 pm - Tonight, with the Lord's blessing, we'll complete our study of Richard Baxter on Backsliding. Thus far, he has explained backsliding as falling away from God in doctrine, in devotion, or in obedience. He went on tell you if you are backslidden or not. And what to do if you are. This pretty much covers the field, doesn't it? Not quite. His last section begins with these words, "Backsliding is a state more easily prevented than cured". Thus, tonight, we'll learn what to do if we're not backslidden. Or, how to avoid slipping away from God. The Puritan offers twelve directions. 1. KNOW THE TRUTH "Be well grounded in the nature and reasons of your religion. For the highest zeal and resolution will not cause you to persevere, if your judgments are not furnished with sufficient reasons to refute [false teachers]". Before we study the lines he wrote, let's think about what's written between them. What do these words presuppose? They assume that "what you know and believe" has some effect on "how you live". In other words, that doctrine matters. Knowing the truth is good for you; believing error is bad for you. Is that so? It is. Our Lord once prayed, "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your ... More >>>

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