Among the preachers of the day
(J. C. Philpot, "Memoirs & Letters" 1862)
"My message and my preaching were not with wise
and persuasive words, but with a demonstration
of the Spirit's power." 1 Corinthians 2:4
Among the preachers of the day, how few
the truth from any sweet experience of its power!
There is no lack of ministers, who hold the truth,
at least in the letter. But most hold it merely in
their heads. How few are enabled to preach it
feelingly and experimentally, under the savour
and blessed anointing of the Holy Spirit.
What strongholds of Satan we have to pull down!
What arrows of conviction to launch!
What balm of consolation to administer!
What strong hearts to break!
What broken hearts to bind up!
Oh, may the Lord raise up men who . . .
know the truth,
love the truth,
preach the truth,
and live the truth!