An Attack of Literature?

by Frank Jones

"The kingdom of Satan would have little to apprehend from an attack of literature, or from any systematic mechanism of external forms. The outworks might be stormed, but the citadel would remain impregnable. 'The prey' will never be 'taken from the mighty, nor the lawful captives delivered,' by any other power than the Ministry of the Gospel clothed with Almighty energy. ... The Christian Ministry is a work of faith; and, that it may be a work of faith, it must be a work of prayer. ... Thus spiritual, enlightened, and encouraging views of the Ministry flow from the habit of diligent waiting on God. ... If then the candidate for the sacred office should never bow his knee, without making the momentum work before him a subject of large supplication, he will do well. But if he should add to his customary times of prayer seasons of retirement, consecrated to the sole purpose of contemplating the work, and separating himself to its service, he will do better. (Bridges, Charles. The Christian Ministry, 62-63)