Richard Baxter on the Devil’s breeding of sinless perfection

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... I believe that all true Converts are free from the dominion of sin, but not from the remnants of it; And that our grace is of a perfect kind, as a small Candle is of a perfect kind of fire, which yet will not enlighten all the Town or House, nor scatter away all the darkness as the Sun will do; I believe also that in the instant of death when we part with the flesh, we part with all the remnants of sin. And for the Doctrine of personal sinless perfection here, I believe the devil, the greatest sinner bred it; the Pharisee received the foretastes and preparatives to it, the Heretics and Papists first entertained and cherished it, Christ detesteth it, and never man that knew himself, or had one spark of true grace and Christian experience, did to this day heartily believe it of himself. ...

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