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Christian Character Contradiction

Is not pride the sin of devils? The firstborn of hell? Is it not that wherein Satan’s image doth much consist; and is it tolerable evil in a man that is so engaged against him and his kingdom as we are? The very design of the Gospel doth tend to self-abasing; and the work of grace is begun and carried on in humiliation. Humility is not a mere ornament of a Christian, but an essential part of the new creature: it is a contradiction to be a sanctified man, or a true Christian, and not humble. All that will be Christians must be Christ’s disciples, and come to him to learn; and their lesson is, to be meek and lowly.

Richard Baxter, Works, 14:160.