have successively ami the bulwarks of inficU liest period gospel history to the present timet Have Uiey. Jiot been the most acute, the best disciplined, and the most learned men the church could fur nish in the ages in which they flourished? And is not this remark true in relation to every period of the gospel history, from the days of the apostles to the present time? We, then, are indebted to the sanc tified learning and talent of the church for nearly die whole of our ideas of religion. If all the monuments of genius and learn ing, which the church has reared up for the last eighteifrVKorcd years, Were le velled to the earth, and the church herself flung bach *nto * ®tate of ignorance, and then the Scriptures pot into her hands in the native language in which they were written, how deplorable would be her con dition!. ifid what a Jength of time, and what an amount of labor it wptfld take to advance her to her present happy state. From these remarks, we may leacu Some thing of the value and importance of a Christian education. m SUPPORT OP THE MINISTRY. BY ELDER T. R. CRESSY. / 1. The duty is established by the di rect and implied commands of Scripture. When our Lord was sending forth his dis ciples into the whitening fields, he com manded them, “ Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purfces, nor scrip for your journey, neither two coats, nei ther shoes, nor yet staves; Tor die work man is worthy of his meat.” Matt. X. 9. 10. “ The laborer is worthy of his hire.” Luke x. 7. They should take no outfit for theirjoumey, for those to whom tlfdy ministered were solemnly bound to give them a support. The Apostles sustained the same truth.* ** Let him that is taught m the tfbrd co: municate to him that teacheth in, all things.” Gal. vi 0. “ If we lgpSo unto you spiritual things, te-ft a great tf ' At we should reap ylffi* c^maThir o ye not know that they which mini which wait at f are partakers with the altar? Even so hf the Lord ordained, that they which preach \ 2. Thw duty is farther made plain, from the nature of reciprocal obligations. Christ has made it the imperious duty of his mi nisters to ^preiildrfhe ■word,” to “be in stant in season and out of season,” to “ w^tch in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of evangelists, make full proof of his ministry,” # Tim. rv. 2, 5; to “ be not entangled in the affairs of this life,” 2 Tim. ii. 4; “ to give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine! to meditate upon these things; to give themselves wholly to them, to continue in them in order that they, may save themselves and them that hear thenf,” 1 Tim. iv.10—16? to “bring beaten oil into the sanctuary,^ and “toim the people with knowledge and under standing.” Ek. Xvii.' 20. and Jer. iii. 15. These are a few of the duties, priva tions and sufferings to which our Lord has appointed nis ministers, while at the same rime he positively forbids them to entangle themselves in the affairs of this Now is it possible that our blessed mr should enjoin all these duties up is embassadors, and even virtually 1 that they engage in secular pursuits to dbtain their bread, and at the same time make jao provision for their support?— make no corresponding demand upon those for whom they labor? There is a reciprocal duty 16r the churches. It is plain, pointed, and cannot b ft was established by Christ an immntahle law. It is this: hath the Lord ordained, that preach the gospel should live |el;” 1 Cor. he. 14. Every the gospel, according to this s > s f Atm ^iv* ifi iri mination of our Saviour, is then entit as a matter of justice, to a maintains from the people whom he serves in

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