More from Basil Manly, Jr. This time a portion of one of his best sermons, that on what constitutes a call to the ministry: “Now we need numbers in the Ministry. The plenteous, perishing harvest wails out a despairing cry for more laborers. But we need purity more than numbers; we need intelligence more than numbers; we need zeal more than numbers. Above all, we need consecrated men, men who have stood beneath the Cross, till their very souls are dyed with Jesus’ blood, and a love like his for perishing millions has been kindled within them.”
[A Call to the Ministry (Greenville, South Carolina: G.E. Elford’s Job Press, 1866), 16].