2:12-13 Apostasy Begins with the Tongue

Richard Baxter whose friend went bad.

Wisdom will save you from the ways of wicked men, from men whose words are perverse, who leave the straight paths to walk in dark ways. Proverbs 2:12-13

While residing at Ludlow Castle, Richard Baxter (who would write The Saints’ Everlasting Rest) became friends with a young man who showed genuine zeal and diligence in faith. He was the first person Baxter ever heard pray from the heart in the pulpit without reading his prayer. He was full of kindness and love, read God’s word and good books and greatly helped Baxter to grow in faith. However, this preacher was encouraged by a higher ranking clergyman to leave the Puritans and to begin speaking evil against them. Soon he debauched himself and became a complete apostate. His error began with perverse words and ended with personal ruin.

By contrast, anyone who continues in the teaching of Christ becomes his true disciple, learns truth and the truth sets him free (John 8:31-32).

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