The Signs & Causes of Depression – Puritan Richard Baxter

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Puritan Richard Baxter – The signs and causes of depression / Instructions to help those who are distressed

Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

Romans 9:22 What would happen if God, willing to show his wrath and make known his power, endured with much patience the vessels of wrath equipped for destruction?

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Richard Baxter – divine English Puritan (1615-1691) was an outstanding English ecclesiastic of the seventeenth century. He was a peacemaker who sought unity among Protestants, and yet he was a highly independent thinker and at the center of every great controversy in England during his life.

Born in Rowton to parents who underestimated education, Baxter was largely self-taught. Finally he studied at a free school, then at the royal court, where he was disgusted by what he saw as frivolity. He went to study divinity and, at 23, was ordained a priest in the Church of England. Within the Anglican church, Baxter found common ground with the Puritans, a growing faction that opposed the episcopacy of the church and was dividing into factions. Baxter, on the other hand, did everything possible to avoid disputes between Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists and other denominations, even convincing local ministers to cooperate in some pastoral matters. "In necessary things, unity, in doubtful things, freedom, in all things, charity," he liked to say.

The interest in cooperation was not due to a lack of conviction. On the contrary, Baxter was stubborn in his theology, which was not entirely separatist and not entirely conformist. Among his more than 200 works there are long and controversial discourses on doctrine. Still, he believed that society was a large family under a loving father, and in his theology, he tried to cut between the extremes. Finally he registered as "a simple nonconformist" ("Non-conformist" was a technical term meaning "non-Anglican"), breaking with the Church of England mainly because of the lack of power he gave to the parish clergy.

Baxter was also found as a peacemaker during the English Civil Wars. He believed in monarchy, but a limited one. He served as chaplain to the parliamentary army, but then helped achieve the restoration of the king. However, as a moderate, Baxter found the target at both ends. He was still irritated with the episcopate in 1660, when he was offered the bishopric of Hereford, so he rejected it. As a result, he was forbidden to go to the ecclesiastical office and was not allowed to return to Kidderminster, nor was he allowed to preach. Between 1662 and 1688 (when James II was overthrown), he was persecuted and imprisoned for 18 months, and was forced to sell two extensive libraries. Even so, he continued to preach: "I preached as never more sure of preaching again," he wrote, "and as a dying man for dying men."

Baxter became even more known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints & Everlasting Rest was one of the most read books of the century. When asked what deviations should be allowed from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, he created a completely new one, called the Reformed Liturgy, in two weeks. Your Christian directory contains more than a million words. His autobiography and his pastoral guide, The Reformed Pastor, are still widely read today.

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    The Signs & Causes of Depression – Puritan Richard Baxter

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    1. This is not a good reading…the reader is to hurried and the ideas seem jumbled….The nature of this material is deep and needs a more reflective and contemplative mood.
      At any rate great materials thanks for the uploads.

    2. I listen to you every day. I thank God for you. This piece was read too fast.
      Please read more slowly as you have done with Pilgrim's
      Progress. You are such a suburb reader, that you might be so used to reading that you read too fast because you are so good at it, but may I say that this one was read too fast. You are a part of my daily life. I appreciate you so very much. Thank you for every Sunday School class you teach!!! I thank God for you. I hope to meet you one day in heaven for bringing the great Puritans and others to us. God bless you, Tom Sullivan!

    3. Such a beautiful book to share on YouTube. Thank you so much! I have listened to it twice. God bless you! ✝️

    4. Luke 14:23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.

      Romans 9:22 What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction

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