Excerpt from The Christian Spectator, Vol. 1: Conducted by an Association of Gentlemen, for the Year 1827
It may be very proper, for a preacher, on particular occasions, for the sake of exciting emotion, to confine himself to a single topic. The practice of the apostles was not inconsistent with this. They vary their mode of address, to adapt it to persons and circumstances. It may be proper to confine the at tention of an awakened sinner, for days, perhaps, to one simple view of his case. But if this does not produce the desired efi'ect, you will In vain hope to deepen his emo tions, by repeating the sarne thoughts in nearly the same forms of expression, after the inﬂuence of novelty has ceased. If you would still reach his heart, you must change the nature, or the manner, of your address; without yielding, however, any one point, ia the demands of the law or the gospel. The Christian preacher has no reason to complain, that he -has not an ample field for the ex steiss of his powers, in dealing with sinners; that he has nothing to say to them, but simply Re pent and believe. He may spend alife, in explaining and enforcing even these duties and that, with out treading always in the same beaten track. He may dwell upon every sin which his hearers are re quired to forsake upon every duty which they are bound to perform man every truth which they are commanded to believe.
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