Monday, October 17, 2011

A Word for Preachers...R.L. Dabney on the Preacher's Character

"The doctrines we preach are naturally distasteful to the heart of man, and foolishness to his understanding. We are required to spend a life in the iteration of the same truths, until all the charm of novelty is gone. The most brilliant mind would fail to retain the attention of a charge, during a whole ministry, by the mere force of mental interest: the attractions of love and confidence must be added. Without a sacred weight of character, the most splendid rhetoric will only win a short-lived applause; with it, the plainest scriptural instructions are eloquent to win souls.  Eloquence may dazzle and please; holiness of life convinces."

R.L. Dabney
Sacred Rhetoric: A Course of Lectures on Preaching

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