The Presbyterian Preacher Volume 4-5

The Presbyterian Preacher Volume 4-5

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ... himself to his work. In other cases it might be expedient for two or more churches to unite under the care of one minister. This plan would require an efficient eldership; for the people ought to meet on their vacant Sabbaths, to keep their Sunday schools in operation, and to unite in social worship; and surely an eldership competent for this purpose THE GOSPEL MINISTRY. 191 might be found; and the people might expect more benefit, from the labors of a man, whom they would have less frequently, but whose heart was in the work, than from the more frequent services of one, whose heart was chilled by the labor and cares ofthe world. I will observe, in the next place, that a system of well regulated economy must be adopted by Christians, before the church can perform its duty. Ifthe love of fashion and show be indulged, it will waste the resources of the most prosperous communities, and leave nothing for the service of God; but under n system of decent and prudent retrenchment, the church may prosper in temporal things, and perform its religious duty at the same time. The Jews must have regarded their expenditures carefully, when they gave more than twenty per cent. of their income to the service of religion; and yet when they lived in conformity with this law, they were the most prosperous people in the world. What retrenchments could be made, most consistently with comfort, I shall not attempt to explain. It is thought by many, that the ardent spirits consumed some years ago, in the nation, perhaps in the church, caused more expense than all the institutions of religion required. Certain ornaments of dress, and luxuries of the table, might be greatly abridged, without any diminution of either comfort or health. A system of this kind, more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
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  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856694
  • 9781236856692