“You see, sirs, to what a dreadful and important charge you aspire. Consider, I beseech you, what great pains are necessary to fit you for it. It is not a knowledge of controversy, or the gift of eloquence; much less, a strong voice and bold confidence, that will prepare you for it. Your greatest work lies within, in purifying yourselves, and learn that wisdom which is necessary to win souls. Begin, I pray you, and preach to your passions, and try what good you can do to your friends and neighbors. Be not forward in rushing into public; it is better to be drawn than to run.”
Henry Scougal (1650–1678) was a Scottish theologian, pastor and author.
O what sorrow-bitten souls are the saints for their want of sorrow. “I mourn, Lord, I lament, I weep; but it is because I cannot mourn or lament as I should: if I could mourn as I ought, I could be comforted; if I could weep, I could rejoice; if I could sigh, I could sing; if I could lament, I could live; I die, I die, my heart dies within me, because I cannot cry; I cry, Lord, but not for sin, but for tears for sin; I cry, Lord, my calamities cry, my bones cry, my soul cries, my sins cry, ‘Lord, for a broken heart,’ and behold, yet I am not broken.
The Imminent Danger and Only Sure Resource of This Nation. A sermon preached Friday Feb. 28th 1794 The Day Appointed for a General Fast. Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.
In April of 2008, I taught Pink’s biography in Holland MI. I was asked to teach a class of my choice to fill in for a pastor at the church June 3rd, 2018. Since I only had 23 hours, it made sense to teach on a subject I was familiar with. Because I don’t like to repeat historical subjects, I focused more on Pink’s excellent contributions in his writings to the subject of election and soteriology.