A Narrative of the Revival of Religion, in the County of Oneida Particularly in the Bounds of the Presbytery of Oneida, in the Year 1826

Presbyterian Church in Oneida

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1826 edition. Excerpt: ... III. What can be done lo sustain and increase the Spirit of Religion in our Churches f The committee deem this an important branch of the duty assigned them. But they feel incompetent to do it justice and judging from the discussion at the Presbytery, they despair of giving entire satisfaction. Indeed, could they hope to suggest the most important measures, they should not be very sanguine in their expectations that they would be extensively useful. The difficulty is not so much the want of knowledge in ministers and churches, as to the best means of doing good, as the want of a disposition to use them. This is the formidable obstacle after all, which lies in the way of the rapid progress of religion throughout christendom, and of the conversion of the world. Though the best measures may be pursued, yet if ministers and churches have not some of that holy energy which springs from faith, nothing will be done to any purpose. A cold unbelieving heart will suggest a thousand difficulties, and convert molehills into mountains. How often do Presbyteries and Synods, and other ecclesiastical bodies, recommend and publish measures for promoting religion, which, however wise, fail of doing much good, because ministers and churches have not the zeal and the perseverance necessary to carry them into effect! Had every minister the courage of a Luther, the perseverance of a Howard, and the activity of a Whitfield, with half a dozen kindred epirits in their churches, Satan himself would tremble before them, and the gates of hell would give way. But the misery is, the faith necessary to produce such resolute spirits is wanting and after a few efforts, and a little success, ministers and churches turn off their eyes from heaven and hell, cease to...