» *»w “*“' " — --— --—” —; — n.M i ^yTTfc to contribute tdoenev standing rule, of C •wards towi nd it is au, uuilgS, td ^thOW good works.” But ho# above commands, if e scanty pittance, not sufficient the necessaries of life for his family r Ana how can he plead with his people to con tribute of their substance for the relief of the poor, or fossending the gospel to the destitute, unless he not only “ point to heavftn,” but “lei#the wa^”‘bu becom ing “ a pattern*’ to them in contributing to 1 object for which Jic pleads. g vve believe the day of inspiration has motto*—4hat no man can pteBch the gos | acceptably without previous thought and deep study, and also, that no minister ask *the, aid of the Holy iritln preaching, until he has used eve ry possible effort to help himself. / Tlie commands rest upoh him, “ Give attend ance to reading”—*4 Feed the people with knowledge and understanding.” He must then study, and by demonstrations of me &putl, repiemen ms stores 01 Know ledge, that he may communicate to others. If he neglect these duties, he is guilty of robbing God’s children of their daily spi ritual bread. Books of course must be had. Money is necessary to purchase tHem; but from whence is it tocOfhe, un less from those who, through their minis ter, are to be especially benefited by it. In short, we believe that a minister should have for his support just what his abilities would be worth in the same place in any other kind of business to which his talents were adapted. And that it is for the* greatest good of the church herself, aqd for the declarative glory of God, that she sustains her ministry upon the most elevated principles jpf liberality. 111. In the minds of a few, there are some objections to the above truths. 1. Some will affirm that Paul satyrs, 4* These hands have ministered to my ne cessities 'and those who are ,with me, Acts xx. 34; and if Paul labored withliis sent day to labor for their support? These words prove nothing against the principle, that tnmisters hm|| right to a support from the churches, as appears from the connection silver or, gold, ■lor.gol selves know evidently right, but it for special another ‘ right to a’ sup that hands,” nothing of his iat he had waived occasion. In ticularly asserts his to omit every secu lar pursuit if he pleased. “ H^ve we (i. Paul and Barnal{a^ not power ft. e. a right) to forbear, working? Nay* who goeth a warfare at any tirrife at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard and .eateth not the fruit thereof?” 1 Cor. ix. 6. What church, then; at the present day, witi re ceive a licence to neglect- the support of the ministry, because-fome churches first converted from heathenism, and at best not extensively ins true ted “ into the #ays of the Lord,” refused to give Paul a rea sonable support? Refused it^while at the same time he asserts to their lasting dis grace, “ I robbed other churches; taking wages of them to do you service.” 2 Cor. xi. 8.* Who, we ask, will follow the ex ample of these churches, when “ the Lord hath ordained, that they who preach the 1 shall live of the gospel f” 1 Cor. »ix. 14. * 4 \ 2. Another will say, the minister rich, or, has rich friends, and doei need a support. Is this the wayyoi son in your worldly busme®*1* your physician, your lawyer, chant, your butcher, or provision « is rich, does thif discliaige you from ing to them their honest dues? Or do y< «tliat are rich, ever reason thus when yo poor neiglibor makes a purchase of youf Does your disannul your claims upon him? H8we you not aright to de mand the debt? But, “ to the law and the testimony.” Out Lord has said, without any qualifying terms. “ The laborer is worthy of his hirer; «*«*«> « is just aiid honest in him receive* and even to claim it; and it is un just amfSishonest to withhold it from hi • u*it” We don upon buy iSfosSBBH—' price.” All we ask ; S^lb as wlien'jwMi pur |ar the

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