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Baxter on Phony Love - by Michael Phillips
Baxter on Christian Love - Part 4 of 6
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1 John 4:16
Jan 01, 1988 pm - (Phony Love) For the last several months, we've spent our midweek services in the study of great Puritan authors. These men were not inspired, of course, but they taught the Word of God with a depth and power rarely seen today. Though long dead, they remain a gift of Jesus Christ to His Church. One of the greatest Puritans was named Richard Baxter. He was an English pastor who lived from 1615 to 1691. His theology was mixed-up at times, but his advice on practical living is the best I've read outside of the Bible. He wrote on...well, almost everything. But we're reading him on Christian Love. Thus far, we've studied Loving your enemies, Loving your neighbors, and Loving your fellow believers. Next Wednesday--I hope--we'll see what he's got to say about Loving special friends. But for today, we have a short chapter that he calls "The Counterfeits of Christian Love". ASSUMPTION This assumes that not all Christian "love" is love at all. That some "love" is phony. Is that true? Of course it is. 1 John 3:18 warns, "My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth". We've all experienced this kind of "love". Someone says how special you are to him, but ... More >>>

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