As everyone knows, we have been advocating breaking what we believe is a destructive custom – age segregation in the church. Most people also know that advocating this has come at a price. Here is how Richard Baxter explains what happens when you oppose a destructive custom:
Custom, as I said before, is the thing that sways much with the multitude; and they who first break a destructive custom must bear the brunt of their indignation. Now, somebody must do this. If we do it not, it will lie upon our successors; and how can we expect that they shall be more hardy, and resolute, and faithful, than we?… But if they do prove better than we, the same odium and opposition must befal them which we avoid, and that with some increase, because of our neglect; for the people will tell them, that we, their predecessors, did no such things.
Richard Baxter, The Reformed Pastor, Page 271, Benediction Books (January 13, 2010)
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