[b]An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy[/b]
(Thomas Brooks, "The Crown and Glory of Christianity,
or, HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
A preacher's life should be a commentary upon his
doctrine; his practice should be the counterpart of his
sermons. Heavenly doctrines should always be adorned
with a heavenly life.
An ignorant, profane, and soul-flattering clergy, are
the greatest pest, plague, affliction and judgment, which
can befall a people! There is no rank nor order of men on
earth, who have so enriched hell, who have been such
benefactors to hell--as the ignorant and profane clergy!
How many are there in these days, who are more ready
and willing to make a sacrifice of the gospel--
for profit sake,
and preferment sake,
and honor sake,
and lust's sake!
Where there is no serious, sincere, faithful, and powerful
preaching--there the people grow abominably wicked, and
will certainly perish, and go tumbling to hell.
Pastors! Either preach as the ministers of Jesus
Christ ought to preach--
and live as the ministers of Jesus Christ ought to live--
--or else lay down your names of being the ministers of
Jesus Christ. Do not any longer a cheat upon yourselves,
nor upon the people--by making them believe that you
are ministers of Jesus Christ, when you have
nothing of the spirit of Christ,
nor of the anointings of Christ,
nor of the grace of Christ,
nor of the life of Christ in you.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon