« ZurückWeiter »
fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil; which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after 'righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness."
3. In looking over the general arrangements of the Baptist churches, we mark also the evil effects of extended and divided pastoral charges. Many of the churches, as we are informed, meet on the Sabbath under the direction and care of their pastors only about once a month. And it will be found, we are persuaded, here as well as among the Presbyterians, that all things connected with any particular church are in a desirable state just in proportion as ministerial labour is found concentrated.
The Baptists have occasionally been charged with being opposed to ministers having a right to a temporal support from those among whom they labour. This is evidently a gross misrepresentation, occasioned wholly by the mistaken zeal of a few of that body. In a treatise on church government, annexed to the Phila: delphia Confession of Faith, adopted as the basis of union in the Elkhorn Association, and re-printed in Lexington, 1305, we have these words:
"Pastors of churches have a divine right to their sup. port, if the church is able to give it without being oppressed, or so far as they are able, than which nothing is more manifest in the New Testament. For the workman is worthy of his meat.” Matt. x. 10. Luke x. 7. "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?" 1 Cor. ix. 11. “Do ye not know, that they who minister about holy things, live of the things of the temple? and they who wait at the altar, are partakers with the altar? Even so has the Lord ordainer, that they who preach the gospel, should live of the gospel." 1 Cor. ix. 13, 14. “Let him that is taught in the word, communicate unt; him that teacheth in all good things.” Gal. vi. 6. See 1 Tim. v. 17, 18.
"These passages of holy writ are so unequivocal and express, that no one can évade their force.
“Mr. Hooker well observes, that "they who will not pay their ministers, would not pay any one his due,' could they refuse with the same temporal impunity." Every one knows, that those, who will not do justice farther than the law compels them, are destitute of an honest principle.
“Nothing but ignorance of his duty, or coretousness and want of principle, or both, can induce to neglect or refuse paying; and a covetous brother should be expelled the church and kept no company with. I Cor.
“When a people neglect their duty in regard to the support of their minister, they are not only wilful neglecters of the divine law, but must otherwise be great losers, both as they forfeit a right to the divine blessing, as also because their minister will be less capable of, and prevented from, serving them to the same advan. tage, Gal. vi. 6,7, 2 Cor. ix. 6-8.
“This support of the minister should not be done in the way of charity or alms, but as a matter of right; and, if the people are able, it ought to exceed his bare necessity, that he may be able to be exemplary in acts of hospitality, 1 Tim. iii. 2."
One more remark, and we close.
Whatever may be the 'difficulties with which the Baptist churches in Kentucky may be aflicied, we have every reason to believe that they have within themselves a redeeming spirit. There is a large portion of genuine active piety, both among the preachers and the private members, which, under the influence of the Sun of Righteousness, will expand, and which, with its expansion, will acquire strength, till the whole shall be purified, and enlightened, and triumphant, in the common cause of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ..
METHODISTS OF KENTUCKY.
The minutes of the annual conferences are the only public and authentic account of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Kentucky, which we have been able to procure. According to them the state of that connexin Kentucky in the year ending in Nov. 1822, stood thus:
The whole state appears to be divided into four districts, viz.
1. The Kentucky District, between the Ohio and Kentucky rivers. Here we have eleven circuits, one presiding elder, thirteen preachers, tive thousand three hundred and nine wbite, and eight hundred and ten people of colour, members.
2. Salt River District, comprehending all south of the Kentucky river to the waters of Green river. Here are nine circuits, with three thousand six hundred and fifty-three whites, and six hundred and seventy. two blacks, members, with one presiding elder and fourteen preachers.
3. Green River District, upon the waters of Green river. Here are eight circuits, four thousand one hundred and fifty-eight white and eight hundred and thirty three black members, with one presiding elder and thirteen preachers.
4. Camberland District, upon the waters of Cuinberland. Here are nine circuits, tive thousand ani twenty-one white and three hundred and ninety-four black members, with one presiding elder and sixteen preachers.
Two things are worthy of notice and of imitation in this extract.—1st. That the ministerial supply in the districts and circuits is abundant. The Methodists all over the world understand well the value of concentra. ted labour. While they are continually extending their influence, they never take any more ground under cul. tivation than they have hands to appoint to the work. 2nd. It is an essential part of their system to preach the gospel to the blacks. Hence a greater number of that class are connected with the Methodists than with any other church.
EXHIBIT OF THE POPULATION OF KEN
According to the census of 1820 the population of Kentucky stood thus: