|The Price of Soul-Liberty and Who Paid I|
Soul-Liberty is the liberty to think and act in religious matters without human dictation of control.
The chief captain said to Paul, "With a great price I obtained this freedom." So may we say, with respect to religious freedom. The price of it was great; a price paid in tears and toils and blood. But who paid this price?
It is a remark of the great American historian, Bancroft, that "Freedom of conscience, unlimited freedom of mind, was from the first, the trophy of the Baptists."
This is a just remark; and it is the purpose of this little book, to furnish some of these deeply interesting facts upon which such an assertion is based.
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Its Nature, Qualifications, Relations and Duties
A Deacon is a Minister, or SERVANT. The term, in its broadest sense, describes ministers, or servants, of all classes, whether their department be temporal or spiritual.
To the Deacons, no less than to the pastors, or ministers, most important interests are committed, upon their prompt, enlightened, and faithful attention to which, depends the prosperity of religion. They are coadjutors in the great work of salvation; fellow laborers in the truth.
The day, as I trust, is not distant, when all deacons will fully understand and faithfully discharge their high vocation. Then, indeed, will the blessings of God descend upon his churches, as the refreshing showers of spring.
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