Excerpt from Hindrances to a Successful Ministry: A Sermon Preached at the Ordination of Jared M. Heard, in Clinton, Mass., August 25, 1858
IF there be a special revelation of truth from God for the salvation Of mankind, there must be minds prepared for its reception and transmission. And if there be minds prepared to receive and transmit it, they must act in such concert and harmony as to form a body and organism; and if they be a body and organism, they must have the various functions and Offices of an organization. Therefore a revelation, a church, and a ministry whose work shall be special and distinctive, are things each Of which necessitates the others. And it has always been found, and it always must be, that each one determines the other two, and they rise and fall together. If there be no distinctive divine revelation, then there need be no church as its steward, for the common light of nature falls into the minds Of all. And if no church, then no ministry, for the common sentiment and the com mon literature are the universal utterance of what comes to all men alike, and they are its only authorized priest hood.
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