Excerpt from A Sermon: Preached at the Ordination of the Rev. Oliver Stearns, to the Pastoral Care of the Second Congregational Society, in Northampton, Nov; 9, 1831 If one were required to describe, in a single sentence, the nature of the religious dispensation established by Jesus, he might best do it by saying, that Christianity is an interior principle of moral life. It is never understood, and never known, as it ought to be, until it presents itself to the mind simply in this character, divested of the drapery which man has thrown around it. Such did our Saviour declare it to be in the passage I have just read. It is familiarly known to you, that the views of his countrymen concerning that long wished for personage, the Messiah, were of a false and worldly character, - that they looked for one, who should build up the fallen greatness and power of the chosen people, and no longer suffer the Roman eagle to spread his wings over Mount Zion. Indeed their general habits of thinking on religious subjects were exceedingly poor, narrow, and low; - for their minds dwelt in externals, and were fast bound to the childish things of sense. It was in contrast with such idle expectations, and such unworthy views, that our Saviour, in my text, described the nature of his religion, as a life-giving and soul-purifying power. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.