Richard Baxter on the pride of religious novices

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... I pray you tell me, Did you ever study well what Paul meant. 1 Tim. 3. 5. where he requireth that he that is Ordained should [not be a Novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the Condemnation of the devil;] The Word translated a Novice signifieth a New Plant, a late Convert, or new or young Christian; You see here that such are in most danger of being lifted up with pride, and why so? but because 1. They have not yet knowledge enough to acquaint them with their ignorance and great weaknesses. 2. Nor have they yet grown to a just degree of humility and other establishing preserving graces; You see also that to fall into Pride, is to fall into the condemnation of the devil. ...

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David Taylor

Puritan Board Freshman
I think we see this today on grand stages. People like Kanye West who say they have gotten saved, and are now preaching, and are leading into grave errors.
 
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