CALLED UNTO LIBERTY, FOUNDING ERA SERMONS, BENJAMIN COLMAN
A spirit of peace and love, meekness and humility, candor and gentleness; whereby persons are ready to unite their counsels, and act in concert with one another; paying a just deference one to another and preferring one another in honor; glad to receive light from any one, and well pleased to reflect it from them; all pursuing one end, as the many pillars in a great house stand quietly near to one another, and all help to bear it up: This spirit of power, and of love, and of a sound mind, render men strong and beautiful pillars of the earth. But if the peace of God rule not in men’s hearts; if their passions shake ’em and they clash with one another; the house totters, the high arches above cleave asunder, and the roof falls in; as when Sampson bowed the pillars of Dagon’s house, and buried the lewd assembly in one vast ruin.
Source: Excerpt from Benjamin Colman, “Government the Pillar of the Earth,” 1730. Spelling modernized and punctuation of possessive forms corrected by Called Unto Liberty Editor, Steve Farrell.
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