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duration , worth cultivating ? Sepaifete from the danger that attends it , the thought of the manner in which it must soon terminate is full of anguish ; whereas , oft the contrary , friendship with the pious and good is not only safe , and
honourable , and beneficial , out it is indissoluble and eternal : it is only begun in the present state , ft suffers , indeed , a momentary interruption by death ; but it will be revived hereafter , and continue for ever . There is not a thought vfrhich the human mind can entertain more
animating and joyful than this / - —that those who are our chosen friends and companions now wiH be oar inseparable associates through eternity . There is a pride and also a pleasure in such connexions ,
worthy of beings formed for society , and designed for immortality . The acquisition of every such friend is that of an inestimable treasure ; because every such friend will be our friehd and companion through everlasting ages . "—Pp . 418 , 419 .
Of the style of these Sermons the reader will now judge for himself . They are all of moderate and nearly equal length . Dr . Rees continues the good old method of announcing fafs plan of discourse to his hearers , la this , aild many other particulars ,
we recommend bitn as a guide to young preachers , and venture to assure them that they will derive more solid profit from studying his volumes than from many works which aim at a higher degree of eloquence and boast of a larger share of popular favour .
Far ourselves , we cannot close them without thanking the truly reverend preacher for the pleasure , ated we hope instruxftioik , that we have gained by them , or without expressing our sincere and fervent hope that throughout a lengthened and serene evening , he taay eiitoy all the satisfaction arising from the reflection that lie has beeh ftp undistinguished benefactor to mankind during a long and active day .
Reviews-Bennett ^ " Support yf tfoe Ghvistmn MiimtrpJ 19 6 S 3
Art . III . —The Support of the Christian Ministry . A Sermon preached < it the Nether Chapel , Sheffield , before the Associated Churches mid
Ministers assembled there 9 April 25 , 1821 . By James Bennett . 8 vo . Third edftfon , pp . 48 . Wfestley . WE hav $ here a Gonoio ad popu-Ium > in the shape of a Concio <*>
the preacher that it is the Arst of duties td take care of their minister , and such of them as neglect tlieir duty in this particular sire reproved for t&eir sin , ( as it is called by Mr . Bennett , ) in phrases that must have caused the ears of the hearers to t ' tagle . He reminds these persons of the last da ^ , Op- 20 >) and threatens them ( p . 30 ) with ' * all the weight of the Saviour ^ anger . "
In arguing from 1 Gor . ix . 11 , the light of mimsters to receive ** carnal things" in return for " spiritual things / ' he considers I . Its divine
appointment ; H . Thfc various modes adopted to attain the end ; III . The extent of the right as matter of duty to the people ; and IV . The agents in the work .
The * ' divine appointment" is argued from the Mosaic dispensation * from the injunction of Christ , and , odd as it may seem , from natural re * - ligion . A shrewd Quaker \ yould , we suspect , presently expose the insufficiency of the ai ^ gtimefcit ; and artfully require Mr . Bennett's authority fc *
saying , ( p . 11 , ) " it is a maxim m Christ ' s kingdom , that He and His faithful servants richly repay their entertainment /* In truth , nothing can be more idle
than to require an express divine sanction for that which is merely an affair of common sense . €€ The support of the Christian ministry , " in Mr .
Bennett's pecuniary way , depends not upon divine authority , but upon convention and expediency and numberless circumstances which belong to earih specific ease . Some ministers may be insufficiently retnUneratfed , and somfe
few may be rewarded to excess . In general , perhaps , the salaries of Dissenting * pastors are scailty , though frequently less from th ^ niggardliness than from the poverty of theircfattrches ; and had this sermon bfeen a modest
and prudent recommendation of the case of poorly-endowed uiinisters , it would have received our humble approbation : btit iirhile we sympathize with the Nonconformist ministry , wfe cannot see witli complacency aii
attempt to dictate terms to coilgTegations * and to drive a hard bargain between the ptilplt and the pewit , in the tery worst manner of the political pr iesthood . The " modes" that are de&ribed us
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Nov. 2, 1821, page 683, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2506/page/51/