286 THE HIDDE LEAVE.pie that its ministers were too humble to provoke the jeal-ousy and interference of the government. The Gospel waspreached to the poor, and soon made effectual lodgment inthe faith and the love of the multitude. Thenceforth it hadfoothold and power for progress among men. This is theorder in which pure religion makes its advancements. otmany wise, not many rich are at first called. The leavenis hidden and works in the masses, and by-and-by rises tothe higher places of society. Religion works upward, sel-dom downward ; and they who adapt their plans and op-erations to the few, rather than to the needy many, arelikely to discover, in due time, that they lack a basis for ex-tensive usefulness and success. Stately towers, and gilding,and ornaments must totter when the winds blow and thefloods come, if they do not rest upon massive and solid foun-dations. To follow more closely the figure of our parable,the process I have indicated may produce dainty confection-ery for a few pampered appetites, but not wholesome breadfor the thousands of hungry souls who are ready to perish.2. Still guided by our parable, we may learn from it thatit is the duty of the Church to make a strenuous use of themeans of saving the people by spreading the Gospel. Theleaven must be put in the meal in order that its peculiarpowers may be brought into action, and that it may accom-plish its proper function. It is else good for nothing. It is,as to all valuable results, as " salt without savor." otonly is the meal the proper material to be transformed intowholesome food by the leaven, but it is the only element towhich the leaven is adapted and in which it can operate. Ifear that our covetousness and our backslidings of heart arefast at work to transform us, as a Church, into Antinomians."We have, no doubt, a sound faith in the Gospel as the onlyway of salvation, but we honor it so much or so little, thatwe are doing decidedly less than others, our obligations con-sidered, to propagate its doctrines and carry out its measures.