Which Counsel Do You Consider?

Over 300 years ago, Isaac Ambrose (a Puritan) wrote in his book The Christian Warrior about the danger of getting counsel from men who are not steeped in Scripture:

The wounded soul, who is seeking for comfort, should never go for advice to unregenerate men; this is not God’s appointed way. Alas! Such men will think you mad, for they do not know what trouble for sin means. Why, then, reveal your disease to those who are not physicians? What your sinful companions offer to you is not suitable for the healing of your sorrowful, sin-sick soul. What can idle companions do to quiet your conscience, forgive your sin, support your spirit, or fill you with spiritual joy? What agreement is there between carnal mirth and spiritual sorrow? No more than between light and darkness. Away with them all; depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all your sins.

(Don Kistler, Why Read the Puritans Today?, 6-7)