Hindrances to the Work of the Church in the World, Sermons, by the Bishop of Bath and Wells [And Others]

Hindrances to the Work of the Church in the World, Sermons, by the Bishop of Bath and Wells [And Others]

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1872 edition. Excerpt: ... in contact with the victims of intemperance--to wit, our constabulary and governors of prisons, and masters of workhouses--that with multitudes there is no power of self-restraint, and that for such total abstinence is the only cure; that before they can be taught self-respect, or brought within the reach of religion, they must be restrained from drink. And I have now no faith at all in moderation among habitual frequenters of public-houses, or on the part of any that have once been the slaves of intemperance. It is, besides, a well-authenticated fact that such persons, who have abandoned habits of total abstinence, when once adopted on conviction, --have generally been again entangled and overcome, and thier last state has been worse than the first. And, therefore, for conscience sake, as an example to weaker brethren "for the present necessity," as S. Paul speaks, with a view to recover souls out of the snares of the devil, and for national reformation, I am an abstainer. I believe this to be the only stand point for a minister of religion, or, indeed, for any one who, like myself, would plead the cause of temperance with any prospect of success. That alcohol may be useful as a stimulant, and, when medically prescribed, may even save life, I should be the last man to deny. But as long as alcohol is a narcotic poison, --and, even as a stimulant, only acts as a spur in the flank of a jaded horse, --to use it habitually as an article of diet is quite a different thing, as our medical men would be the first to admit; while, on the other hand, that abstinence from intoxicating drink is promotive of health, that it tends to impart vigour, and prolong life, is the experience of multitudes who have wrought hard and continuously without...show more

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  • Paperback | 36 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 82g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123690527X
  • 9781236905277