R0031-5 Miscellaneous – The Best Preacher

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“The two great orators of antiquity differ widely from each other in the effect produced on their respective audiences. Cicero’s hearers went away, saying, ‘What a splendid oration!’ Those who listened to the philippics of Demosthenes, forgetting the orator, thought only of their oppressed country, and with one voice exclaimed, ‘Let us go and fight Philip.’ The best preacher is not he who sends away his hearers pleased with him, and satisfied with themselves, but he whose hearers hasten to be alone with God, and with their own hearts, trembling at sin, and admiring the Saviour.”—Selected.


— September, 1879 —