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provided for the strong, while the weak are put off with a few crumbs that fall? Shall the fathers be regularly served, while the babes are only occasionally fed? Some, I know, think much of their talents, and boast much of their ability in always administering strong things to their hearers; and many hearers are dissatisfied if such things are not invariably set before them. But why is the poor lamb in the fold to be neglected for the sake of those who are advanced to a maturer age? Does any wise parent spend the whole of his time in educating and adorning, protecting and enriching, the elder of the family, to the neglect and injury of the younger ? Certainly not : neither should we. Let the aged be respected, the experienced fed; but let not the young convert be forgotten or discarded. Let us behold such with tenderness, strengthen their weak hands, exhibit to them what the gospel has provided, and thus help them on in the good way. It
may be said, God will take care of them. Yes, he will. But that does not supersede the use of means for their encouragement and edification. He who has knowledge and experience, talents and opportunity, and disdains to stoop and feed the weak, is unfaithful to his God, and cruel to his brethren. They stand in need of every exertion that can possibly be made on their behalf. Their little knowledge, the evils to which they are exposed, and their small degree of experience, call upon us loudly to assist them to the utmost of our ability.
This little work I have written for this express purpose. I have endeavoured to state the various duties in which they are to be engaged; to sug
gest suitable cautions against the dangers with which they are surrounded ; and to encourage them in the midst of all those difficulties which so frequently arise. The whole is interspersed with a variety of incidents and anecdotes gathered from the experience of others; so that I trust it will be found a suitable volume to put into the hands of every serious enquirer, whether of a tender or a more advanced age. That it may prove a source of instruction and consolation to every reader, is the earnest prayer of the author.
TO TREATISE ON RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE,
IN THE FIRST AND SECOND VOLUMES.
The Evil of the Want of Experience. v. ii.