1875 Presbyterian Sermon Supporting Lay Evangelists such as D. L. Moody

1875 Presbyterian Sermon Supporting Lay Evangelists such as D. L. Moody

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Stanton, R. L. Lay Evangelism: Providence as an Interpreter of Scripture; A Paper read before the Presbyterian Ministerial Association of Cincinnati, April 19, 1875. Cincinnati: Elm Street Printing Company, 1875. First Edition. [1509]

Printed light green wrapper, old creases from folding, 5 3/4 x 9, 28 clean pp, a couple of waxed pencil strokes on the front cover. Good. Pamphlet.

The preaching of Moody, Sankey, Whittle, and Bliss engendered controversy amongst the Presbyterian Churches, and Rev. Thomas H. Skinner had presented to this Ministerial Association a paper in opposition to the irregular preaching of lay ministers. Dr. Stanton herein refutes Skinner, and says that the Bible alone, and its proper interpretation, should settle the issue. His conclusions are to favor and allow such preaching as a work of God.

Robert Lodowick Stanton (1810-1885), b. Preston, CT; died at sea on route to Europe. A Presbyterian minister, he graduated from Lane Seminary in Cincinnati, OH, and earned a D.D. from Princeton. He was president of Miami University (Ohio) from 1868 to 1871. Earlier in his career was Professor of Theology at Danville Theological Seminary in Kentucky. His brother was the abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton, husband of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. It is said that the family was influenced by the preaching of Charles Finney while they were members of the Presbyterian Church at Rochester, NY.

"[They] joined the Presbyterian Church and listened to the revivalist preacher Charles Grandson Finney, a New School Presbyterian of fiery brilliance. All the Stantons were influenced by Finneys message of social reform through active religious faith." - Saldivar, Toni - The Remarkable Stantons