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“ You don't like professions!" Then Joshua, a man that followed the Lord fully, falls under your censure, for he professed the service of God. “As for me and my house," said he,“ we will serve the Lord.” Are we to think the worse of him for this? Some ask what is the use of a profession. If they will observe what followed Joshua's profession, they will see the use of it. They will see that it brought out all Israel. “ We will also serve the Lord,” said they, and they entered that day into a covenant to serve him. Nor did their practice belie their profession, for it is recorded that “Israel served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the Elders that overlived Joshua.” So much for a profession. It is agreed on all hands that that professing generation, in piety and devotion to God, surpassed any other during the national existence of Israel.

We read in 1 Tim. 2 : 10, of certain things which are said to become

women professing godliness.” It would seem from this to be the duty of women to profess godliness. And if of women, of men also, 1 suppose. What case of real subjection to the Gospel of Christ do we read of, which was not also a case of professed subjection" to it? Paul, in 2 Cor. 9 : 13, speaks of some who glorified God for the "professed subjection" of others unto the Gospel of Christ. It appears then that God is glorified by these professions. And I should presume, from certain passages in the Bible, that he is not glorified when a

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profession is withheld. There were in primitive times some who did not like professions. It is no new thing not to like professions. In John, 12:42, 43, we read that “among the chief rulers many believed on him, but” as they did not like professions, “because of the Pharisees they did not confess him. for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.It is no honorable mention which is intended to be made of another, of whom it is said that

a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews.” John, 19 : 38. Fear made him decline a profession for a time; but at length he came out openly on the side of Christ, and besought Pilate for the body of Jesus.

If they who say they do not like professions, mean that they do not like false, or loud, or ostentatious, or barely verbal professions, let them say so, and

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but let them not mean this, and say, without qualification, they “ don't like professions."

It is truly strange, because some now, as in apostolic times, “profess that they know God, but in works deny him," that others will never profess to know him. Because men have professed friendship, and have proved no friends, therefore they will not only not profess friendship, but they will abstain from certain acts and expressions of friendship, because they involve a profession of it! It is a pity that men who are going to give an account of them. selves to God, should reason and act thus.



, they must do as they please; but of one thing I am sure. The hour is coming, when, however they may now dislike professions, they will like them. They may not now like to confess Christ before men, but they will then like to have Christ confess them before his Father. They may not like to call him now the beloved of their souls, but they will like to have him call them, on that day, the blessed of his Father.

9. Are you a Sabbath School Teacher !

I am a little apprehensive that the title of this article will be read by some who will give no hearing to the article itself. There are those, who, being professors of religion, or at least well disposed thereto, are not Sabbath School teachers, and yet strongly suspect sometimes that they ought to be. Such are not fond of reading an enumeration of the reasons why they should engage in this benevolent employment, because these reasons are apt to appear more cogent than their objections to it. After such a perusal, they are very prone to feel as if they ought to take hold of this good work, and not being prepared to do that, it is rather more agreeable to them not to have the feeling that they ought. It is uncomfortable to carry about with one a sense of obligation which he is not disposed to discharge.

But I hope my apprehensions will be disappointed: so I proceed to the article. Are you a Sabbath School teacher ? If you are, you are engaged in a good work., Yes, it is good, both as acceptable to God, and as profitable to men. It is good in its direct operation, and good in its reflex action. It is not merely teaching the young idea how to shoot, but, what is still more important, it is teaching the young and tender affection what to fix upon, and where to entwine itself. Nothing hallows the Sabbath more than the benevolent employment of the Sabbath School teacher. It is more than lawful to do such good on the Sabbath day. It has great reward. Continue to be a Sabbath School teacher. Be not weary in this well-doing. Do not think you have served long enough in the capacity of teacher, until you have served life out, or until there shall be no need of one saying to another, “Know the Lord.” What if it be laborious ? It is the labor of love, in the very fatigue of which the soul finds refreshment.

But perhaps you are not a Sabbath School teacher. " No, I am not," methinks I hear one say. “I am not a professor of religion. You cannot expect me to be a teacher." You ought to be both, and you not being the first is but a poor apology for declining to be the other. The neglect of one obligation is a slim excuse for the neglect of another. You seem to adinit that if you professed religion, it would be your duty to teach in the Sabbath School. Now, whose fault is it that you do not profess religion? But I see no valid objection to your teaching a class of boys or girls how to read the word of God, though you be not a professor of religion. I cannot think that any person gets harm by thus doing good. Experience has shown that the business of teaching in the Sabbath School is twice blessed-blessing the teacher as well as the taught.

But you are "not good enough,” you say. Then you

need so much the more the reaction of such an occupation to make you better. The way to get good is to do it. “But I am not a young person.” And what if you are not? You need not be very young in order to be a useful Sabbath School teacher. We don't want mere novices in the Sabbath School. If you are not young,


have so much more experience to assist you in the work. Do Sabbath School teachers become superannuated so much earlier in life than any other class of benefactors so much sooner than ministers and parents? There is a prevailing mistake on this subject.

But you are married, you say. And what if you are? Because you have married a wife or a husband, is that any reason why you should not come into the Sabbath School ? Many people think that as soon as they are married, they are released from the obligation of assisting in the Sabbath School.

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