Baxter - BV649 B3 1670

What fcandal is. I3 3 DIRECT. XXIII. Millake not the nature of thefin: offcandal Think not that it is the bare difplea fng or grieving ofanother ; For it rs the laying of a Humbling block , that is, a . temptati- on, or eccaflon offanning before another. Ndeed the word [ effendi bath occafioned the mifaake of many in this point, to the great en® fnaringof themfelvesand others. Ofendingfang- time fignifietd Only Difplea(ing orgrieving another: And this is not the fcandal which the Sccriptùre fpeaks againíl. But it fignifieth alfo the laying of a humbling block before another, upon which he may be occafioned to fall into fin ; And this is the offence which is called fcan44. Abundanceof well meaning people,have thy? ht that they mufr not ufe any form or words or order or a&ion (._:e. fpecially ifit be indifferent in it Pelf) which O. thers are difpleafed or grieved at : Becaufe- they think that is fcandal : Indeed theye s a griezäim others which is fcandal ; that is, when b,ygrievin¢ x themwe occasion them tofin. But confider I bey" feech you thefe two things. Firfl, what a wretchedperfon that is. who will fin againft God every time that his brotherdory not humor him?Durft thefe perlons profeí`s:this O- penly with their tongues ? Dare you fay,Do not you ufe fuch a form of prayer or filch a ceremony for if you do, I will fin again{}; God ? What e1fe Rio you mean, when you blame men. for fcandali- I+I 3 zing