Hoppin, James Mason Pastoral theology

ISBN 13: 9781231114063

Pastoral theology

9781231114063: Pastoral theology

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1884 Excerpt: ... to wait for them to seek Christianity, or to come to the church, which they never will do. Within the church itself, the seats of honor, if there are such, should be given to the aged and to the "elders" of the church; or the congregation should be ecclesiastically, not pecuniarily, arranged. The church and society should be brought to feel (and the pastor's responsibility lies here) that a selfish property interest in the sanctuary, as in a warehouse, is an unchristian sentiment--that the sanctuary is for the good of all, and be 1 See "Stones of the Temple." longs to all; and there should be an earnest desire that all should be provided with good seats, even to the inconvenience of some. Christians should let it be understood that their church, be it in town or country, is the religious home of the whole community, of all who wish to come--that there are no places in it to be unoccupied, or to be exclusively occupied. "One place there is--beneath the burial sod, Where all mankind are equalized by death; Another place there is--the fane of God, Where all are equal who draw living breath." Let the pastor labor to bring his people up to the work of filling God's house with the poor and the humble, and of looking less to private interests and tastes than to the common good. To generalize a little upon this not altogether unimportant topic of the church edifice, we would say that the character of the building depends upon the place and upon the circumstances of the people; and that it is far better, in many cases, that there should be a small and inexpensive edifice, than one which is clearly beyond the pecuniary means of the community, and which can be built only by incurring heavy debt. This belongs to that species of speculatio...

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