Popularity is yet more dangerous: the few, who escape its influence unhurt, have been exercised in painful conflicts, such as have shown their deliverance from this fiery trial to have been nearly miraculous.
It is not easy to overcome our natural love of ease, our indisposition to self-denying devotedness, and our false tenderness in flinching from the declaration of unpalatable truths.
I‘ve only recently discovered the surprising relevance of Charles Bridges’ writing. As a preacher and church planter, I can understand why his The Christian Ministry, from which the above quotes are pulled, went through nine editions in 20 years, and is still highly valued among pastors. As I scoured over quotes from the book, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t come across this book before.