ah energetic, aa well as voted ministry. And ‘ ty oft as the mo as well srof the in which e which and con ministey^yBp _t we live, and the genera! i is disseminated among all ditions of men, obviously require an intel lectual as well as a pious and devoted m& nistry. It is absurd to suppose that a than who possesses a rude and uncultivated mind is properly qualified td/preach the gospel with success, to polished, intellectual, and intelligent congregations, merely because he is truly pious. Pious he may be; but if his talents and learning are not suffi ciently commanding to gain and fix die at tention of his audience, he can be the means of doing them but little good. Thefre seems to be a great absurdity in giving our chil dren a polite and polished education, and then doom thefri Whear an uneduofftad ministry. Where education! is widely dif fused and disseminated among all classes of the community, as in this country, the ministry should all be educated, in order that they may become competent and use ful teachers of the Christian religion. And if the church duly respect herself, and have a proper regard for the glory and ho nor of God, she will, with a proper feel ing, insist on those qualifications in the ministry, which are essential in rendering them useful as {tasters. That God has ordained an able as well as a devoted ministry for his church, is clearly manifest from the precepts of the Bible, Thp priest's Ups should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth. Neglect not the gift that is in thee. Meditate upon these things, Study to s/ww thyself approved unto God, a workman that netaeth not to be ashamed. These prefceprts speak a lan* guage clear, plain, and decisive; language that cannot be misunderstood* And, in accordance With these positive precepts, there are also individual expressions of the Divine will. The same commit thou tejfrithful men who shall be able to teach others. For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. It is said of Paol, that mg letters were weighty and power ful. And speaking of hansel# he test* fiea, though $be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge. It is also said of Apollos, a deep, vivid, and lasting impression upon the public mind. That an able ministry is ordained of God as a blessing to his church, is also evident from the fact, that all the moat im portant movements in the churchy have taken place vender the instrumentality of tueh a ministry. Why were Moses and Aaron selected to rescue Israel from bon dage, to instruct them in their journey to Canaan, and to arrange for them a splen did system of civil and religious polity? Why, but for their peculiar qualifications? the one being learned in all the wisdom of the age, as well as divinely inspired, and the other, a man of ready and com manding address. Who have displayed noble powers, a superior genius, a higher and more commanding eloquence; than David and some of the prophets?- But why were hot men of inferior capacity se lected to be thus honored of God, if talents and intellectual power are of no account, with him? In moral as well as physie&l results, the means must be adapted to the end. Men do not gather grapes of thornsy nor figs of thistles. So, also, in the gospel age, the chief ac tors in establishing the Christian religion have not been less illustrious. The twelve disciples, who were selected as the chief instruments in planting the gospel among the nations of the earth* although taken from men in the humble walks of Kfe, were not sent forth to preach the unsearch able riches of Christ till thoroughly train ed, and fully qualified for the most wise and powerful action. The Apostle Paul, was the most eminent man of the ago. He had, great mental capacity; he had a quick and penetrating perception; he had a warm and lively imagination; he had genius; he had a well cultivated and dis

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