An Earnest Ministry; The Want of the Times
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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...Why may we not sometimes drop every thing else, and break out into a continued strain in reference to one selected object? How deep would be the convic tion of the audience of the importance which we, at any rate, felt to belong to it, and how likely would be such a method to engage them in deep sympathy with us, in reference to it. We should also be careful to avoid all personalities which would excite curiosity or disturb devotion, and especially all laudatory epithets on the one hand, and criminatory ones on the other. In using our freedom, let us take care not to abuse it, and endeavour that the end and object of our preaching shall be helped, and not hindered, by the method of our praying. If pre-composed forms of prayer have their disadvantages, so also has free prayer, and while we consider the balance of advantage vastly in favour of the latter, let us recollect that our brethren of the Establishment are of the same opinion respecting their liturgy; it becomes us therefore, while we charitably bear with each other, to make the best possible use of the method we prefer. The manner of prayer, as well as its matter, demands also our serious attention. While the very nature of the exercise forbids every thing showy or elaborately ingenious; every thing quaint, familiar, and irreverend, and enjoins the utmost simplicity and spirituality, it no less prohibits all flippancy, carelessness, and pompous oratory. The most serious, reverend, and devotional manner is required not only on our own account, but on account of the audience. There are some mea whose very tones are enough to extinguish all devotional feeling at once: it is almost impossible to conceive that it is a sinful mortal we hear addressing himself to the Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God, ..
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