So deplorable a state!
(Spurgeon, "Job's Regret and Our Own")
Many pastors have grown 'professional' in
their service, and preach like automatons,
wound up for a sermon, to run down when
the discourse is over.
They have little more care for the souls
of men than if they were so much dirt!
Too many pastors are fascinated with . . .
technical trifles about words,
fancies of speculation, or
fopperies of oratory.
God forgive us if we have fallen into so
deplorable a state!