It is what Christ claims for faithful ser vants, and cannot he withheld without robbery. We spurn, for ourselves and for out brethren, the degrading apprehension that they are supported by charity. They are not clerical pensioners upon mere bounty. Our appeal is to justice”—to that justice which is founded upon the po sitive declarations of Christ and his Apos tles. 3. Thi%duty is also taught by the eve ry day transactions of life* Does your merchant feed and clothe you—your phy sician heal you-—your lawyer secure your rights—your editor furnish you with news —your teacher instruct your children— and to each of them do you cheerfully contribute to remunerate them for their toils? And their demands are considered as founded upon the strictest principles of ^jultice and equity. And shall he alone, ' W&:i«$tiructs you in the wav of life, who "gileachi yotnr. pause with Goa, warns you oifliBpending d^ngnr, points out the way of escape, visits you iii sickness, and con soled your forlorn Spirit in the days of sad ness and mournings-rshaH he alone of all the train—-even he who is an embassador for Christ, go unrewarded?-—feel the cold hand of poverty, and see it press heavily upon his beloved family, while those for whom he has labored day and night with tears, are enjoying an abundance of the good things of this life? Let common sense—let justice—let the word of God, yea, and the revelations of the last day, answer* II. To what, extent should a Minister be supported ? V pi 1. His support should be sufficient to enable him to provide for the comfortable maintenance of his family, now and here after. His duty is immutably settled as to the amount of time he is to devote to the ministry: “ Meditate upon these,” i. e. spiritual “ things; give thyself wholly to |hem, that thy profiting may appear unto all.” 1 Tim. iv. 15. With e^ual strict ness is the duty of the church settled. “ The laborer is worthy of his hire.” “ They that preach the gospel shall live of die gospel.” All his energies, then, must be devoted to preaching the gospel, whilst he and his family “ shall live”— shall receive a support from those to whom he ministers in holy things^ This k the primitive bible rule, which has never been disannulled, but is in full force up to this hour. And have yet to learn, if that man whom God has called to the mints* try, is not virtually forbid to cam his bread in any other way than by preaching the gospel, except where he may providenti ally be disabled to preach, or a church is so covetous that they refuse to give him his honest dues—refuse to let him «live of the gospel,” and thus take upon them selves the wofui responsibility of closing the lips and paralizing the energies of Chris vs embassadors. Then it may be lawful for him, if he finds no other field to labor in, as he betakes himself to a secular employment, to say with the A postle, under simila|gpirc^stancei|f* These hands have ministered to my necessities, and those who were with me.” And upon the church mustiest the responsibility of the act. As to the amount he is to receive, this the bibid does not specify. It, was unne cessary after settling the question that he should receive his Support.' This is to be regulated by circumstances—by a mutual arrangement between the parties upon Scriptural business principles. In this contract the brethren should not foiget, that a minister necessarily has many ex penses, which they for the want of expe rience, can know little or nothing of. But many suppose that a minister should^ only receive enough to carry him through the year with die greatest possible'econo my; though they consider it their duty to lay up something every year against a time hf need. But has God made one law for ministers and another for laymen? Does he require one to make more Sacri fices than the other? If actiifns may be allowed to speak, we fear this fataT error is lurking in the hearts of many. Buf as ministers are more liable to disease and premature old age, or sudden death, from their arduous labors arid many exposes, than any other class of community, where, we would ask, is the law/written or oral, human or divine, that isjpunded upon jus tice, which does not require a minister, as well as his lay brethren, to “ provide things honest in*the sight of all men,” to “ lay up in store s good foundation agi!hst the time to come,” and “ provide especially for those of his owfi house,” lest he be “ accounted as one who has denied the faith,” “ is worse than an infidel,” and is at last com pelled to end his days in a poor house, or

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