We Are Not Preaching Where It Is Not Needed

“For we are not treating of public religious address for the seraphim, but for the sinful children of men; and we shall commit a grave error, if we assume that the eternal and righteous truth of God, as a matter of course, must fall like blessed genial sun-light into the corrupt human heart, and make none but pleasant impressions at first” (Shedd, Homiletics and Pastoral Theology, p. 278).

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Allowing that such sun-light, falling as it does on both just and unjust, has not been throwing itself at us in rebellion against the wishes of a miserly Father.

And shouldn’t we suppose that the mountains have been, all along, clapping their hands for benefit of such as the seraphim? Maybe we include an eye toward how our public religious address includes them?