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Richard Baxter was born 11/12/1615 at Shropshire, England.   Disgusted by the frivolity of the court he returned home to study on his own.  The Act of Uniformity forced him out of the Church of England, he suffered repeated persecution between 1662-1687 and was imprisoned briefly in 1685-1686. 

Baxter’s beliefs put him in the middle between monarchy & the commonwealth, between Episcopalians & Presbyterians, between high church & independents and between Calvinism & Arminianism.  Baxter left nearly 200 writings, including his great devotional work The Saints’ Everlasting Rest (1650). 

Baxter quotes:

I preached as never sure to preach again, And as a dying man to dying men.

Keep up you conjugal love in constant heat and vigor.

Unity in things Necessary, Liberty in things Unnecessary, and Charity in all.

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“…I have been among Episcopalians, Congregationalists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Baptists and members of many other denominations, and I have found that no amount of baptismal water can keep the devil out of the hearts and lives of Christians.”

  

                – Jonathan Goforth, By My Spirit, (Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, Inc), 119.

 

Goforth (went to China), probably the greatest Canadian missionary, died this date 10/8/1936.

(underline mine) [Goforth is not saying devil has to stay but water will not keep him out.]

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