The following is an unpublished manuscript found among the writings of Horatius Bonar. He wrote these as a lament regarding the cold hearts surrounding him. They were not originally meant for public eyes, yet alas…
An Old Minister’s Complaints.
An old minister, speaking of some things that have troubled him in
his congregation thus writes in the way of sorrowful complaint.
I. I complain that many of my people are not so prayerful or so
earnest, or so spiritual as Christians ought to be. They seem to pray very little, for their minister, for their fellow-worshippers, or for the revival of the work of God in the midst of them.
II. I complain that so few attend the prayer-meetings. Not a sixth
part of the regular worshippers come to it, as if it were no business of theirs, as if they had something far more important to do. They go to public meetings, scientific lectures, parties of pleasure, but neglect the prayer-meeting.
III. I complain that some, of whom better things might have been expected, are only half-day hearers. What they do on the other half of the Sabbath I do not know; but their seat in Church is empty each afternoon.
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