The New Englander (Volume 8)

9780217095433: The New Englander (Volume 8)

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1850. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... THE NEW ENGLANDER. No. XXXII. NOVEMBER, 1850. Ait. I. --THE CONDITIONS OP MISSIONARY SUCCESS. Home Missions. A Sermon in behalf of the American Home Missionary Society; preached in New York and Philadelphia, May, 1849. By Albert Barnes. In this sermon Mr. Barnes takes a survey of the Home Missionary field, compares the difficulties and encouragements attending the work, and by striking a balance between ibem, endeavors to form a judgment as to the probable issue. We have not seen any examination of the subject marked by more common sense and good judgment, nor any more just and candid estimate of the real magnitude of the obstacles to be encountered. In determining the probable success of the Home Missionary, or any kindred enterprise, the first and most natural impulse is to adopt this method which Mr. Barnes has chosen, and balance the difficulties to be overcome against our available resources. Indeed, this kind of investigation, conducted without extravagance, and with careful sifting of facts, such as we see in Mr. Barnes's discourse, is essential to a judicious prosecution of the enterprise. But there is another mode of determining the question; there is another class of considerations which seem chiefly to have interested the minds of the apostles in thinking of their missionary work; there are conditions of success more deeply fundamental than any that pertain to outward resources and obstacles--conditions which are absolutely necessary and absolutely decisive; and the great question for the churches respecting their benevolent enterprises is, whether they are based on these principles and Vol.. VIII. 62 accord with these divinely appointed conditions. Says the apostle, "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling dow...

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