After Fifty Years; Or, an Historical Sketch of the Guntur Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the General Synod in the United States of America

After Fifty Years; Or, an Historical Sketch of the Guntur Mission of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the General Synod in the United States of America

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ... one charge, the matter would be by no means settled. The missionary could not at this stage withdraw from the work and hand it over to the native pastor. This we say with all due respect to our native brother. We cannot as yet see that the highest welfare of the Church would thus be subserved, although we are shaping our plans and looking toward the time when such charges will be formed, and when either the whole or part of the pastor's support will be furnished by the people themselves. But we move in this matter only as we can see the possibility of success, and so long as things are as they are we cannot agree that the native church is in a position to stand unaided without foreign money 01 missionary supervision. The Church cannot in our opinion dispense with the foreign missionary's influence, even had it ample means, (which it has not, ) to support its own pastors under such an arrangement as the one above indicated. Then too, delicate as is the point it must be touched. In this whole matter the character of the men whom you want to put into the ranks of the pastorate becomes your first consideration. The majority of those prepared for such work come from the ranks of that part of the nation whose past is one of slavery and oppression. The idea of self-government is foreign, and it is sure that nothing is so apt to turn a man's head and make him dizzy as the sudden elevation to power. Were we to follow in the wake of a sister Mission, remembering all the supposed questions of advantage involved, we could ordain twenty-five men to-morrow, but we very much fear we would repent the step before the year would be out. We must have men educated in a higher school than the college, and teach them things which can only be learned by experience and...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236626176
  • 9781236626172