Risk Personal Reputation for the Gospel
Mark 8:34–38; 2 Timothy 1:8–12
We are so reluctant to displease men, and so desirous to keep in credit and favor with them, that it makes us most unconscionably neglect our known duty. A foolish physician he is, and a most unfaithful friend, that will let a sick man die for fear of troubling him; and cruel wretches are we to our friends, that will rather suffer them to go quietly to hell, than we will anger them, or hazard our reputation with them.
Richard Baxter (1615 – 1691)