A MINISTERS ADVICE
Do not expect your minister to be more than man. When you find perfection in yourselves you may condemn your brethren in whom you do not see it. You owe your pastor your love, your hearty undissembled constant love, if you have not a love to his person there will soon be a prejudice against his ministry and where there is prejudice against a man’s ministry there will be no profit by his labours. It is sad to hear as critics and not Christians. Remember, one day the word is to judge you, forward as you be to judge the word.
You owe your minister your prayers. Pray hard that he may preach well and walk well. The people’s prayers are, in a sense, the pastor’s best books. It is a blessed thing when there is a stock of prayers going up daily from the church for their pastor. Those who complain most of a ministry pray least for it. What is lacking in your prayers you may expect to find wanting in your provision.
Written nearly 200 years ago.