Hamilton Seminary. – In the report of this institution they say, “God was raising up young men for the Ministry in many of the Churches, but no provision was made for their education;” or in other words, God is calling young men to preach the gospel of Christ, that are unqualified, or unfit for the task, without the aid of men to render them capable of accomplishing the work which God had designed them for. How far is this short of blasphemy? to charge God with calling to this sacred duty, men who are unfit to enter upon it, until they have spent a certain number of years under the instruction of learned D.D’s? They say, “the same amount of preparation is required for a student, as is required to enter a common College.” How unlike the command to pray the Lord to raise up, qualify and send forth laborers.
After having passed their ordeal and then pronounced qualified to preach, what they call gospel; they assign them their field of labour. They say, “As many as twenty of our number are preparing for the Burmah and other eastern missions, and some twenty or thirty for the Great Western Valley.” They are hereby arrogating to themselves the prerogative of God; but let it be remembered that it is said the man of sin “As God, sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.” It is true they do all in the name of the Lord, but it is not every one that saith Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of heaven; many will say, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? but mark Christ’s reply to such, “I never knew you, depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” As the fruit of such teaching, we find sentiments like the following: At a Sunday School celebration in Rockaway, N.J. Resolved, “It is our solemn duty to bring all within our influence, to a knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus.” * * * “While the scholars kept their seats, refreshments of cake and cold water were distributed among them by their teachers as emblematic of the spiritual food which they communicate to them from Sabbath to Sabbath.” Such are to be fitted for heaven; they feed with spiritual food, the bread of life – qualify to preach the gospel and send forth to Burmah, or somewhere else; leaving little or nothing for the Lord to do.
Signs of the Times
Volume 3, No. 18
September 2, 1835