ADDRESSED BY THE
ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERY OF MIAMI,
CONGREGATIONS UNDER THEIR INSPECTION.
Dear Brethren –
The station which we occupy is one of high responsibility The Church’s blessed Head has been pleased to appoint us as Watchmen, and it is for your souls that we are commanded to watch, and for our vigilance we must give an account. If we see evils prevailing, and dangers approaching, and give not faithful warning, we are guilty of the blood of souls, and it will be required at our hands. In a special manner it becomes our duty to watch over the rising generation, that they may be trained up to serve the God of their Fathers, and to transmit his name and cause to those who shall succeed them. On the habits which they form, and the character which they sustain– much depends.
The dearest interests of truth and Godliness are identified with them. This truth, is so plain to the common understandings of men that it has become almost a proverbial saying, that “the rising generation are the hope of the future church.” Consequently the Church’s hope will be bright or otherwise, in proportion to the existing state of things among the young. To this deeply interesting portion of our flocks we would now affectionately address the word of exhortation.
By your baptismal vows you are pledged to be the Lord’s people, and from the obligation of this pledge you never can be released. Permit us solemnly to ask you “Have you duly reflected on the import of the engagement? Have you felt the weight of the obligation? Are you aiming to live as the Lord’s people? Are there not many among you who are living as if you were not the Lord’s, but your own?”