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The present world of the orator may be the world of action, or of art. He may speak of affairs, of nature, of imagination. In the pulpit he may be what is called a practical preacher …. But the only business of the apostolic preacher is to make men practically realize a world unseen and spiritual; he has to rouse them not against a common enemy but against their common selves; not against natural obstacles but against spiritual foes and he has to call out not natural resources but supernatural aids. Indeed, he has to tell men that their natural resources are so inadequate for the last purposes of life and its worst foes that they need from the supernatural much more than aid, they need deliverance, not a helper merely but a Savior. The note of the preacher is the gospel of a Savior. The orator stirs men to rally, the preacher invites them to be redeemed. Demosthenes fires his audience to attack Philip straightway; Paul stirs them to die and rise with Christ. The orator, at most, may urge men to love their brother, the preacher this teaches them first to be reconciled to their Father. With preaching Christianity stands or falls because it is the declaration of a gospel. Nay more–far more– it is the Gospel prolonging and declaring itself.

P.T. Forsyth, Positive Preaching and the Modern Mind, pages 4-5

The Lyman Beecher Lecture on Preaching, Yale University, 1907

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