“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe be to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat; but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting to assemble ourselves together, in religious societies, may not be one of the least. That I may therefore do my endeavor towards promoting so excellent a means of piety, I have selected a passage of scripture drawn from the experience of the wisest of men, which being a little enlarged on and illustrated, will fully answer my present design; being to show, in the best manner I can, the necessity and benefits of society in general, and of religious society in particular.
“Two are better than one, &c.”
From which words I shall take occasion to prove,
FIRST, The truth of the wise man’s assertion, “Two are better than one,” and that in reference to society in general, and religious society in particular.
SECONDLY, To assign some reasons why two are better than one, especially as to the last particular. 1. Because men can raise up one another when they chance to slip: “For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow.” 2. Because they can impart heat to each other: “Again, if tow lie together, then they have heat, but how can one be warm alone?” 3. Because they can secure each other from those that do oppose them: “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” From hence,
THIRDLY, I shall take occasion to show the duty incumbent on every member of a religious society.
And FOURTHLY, I shall draw an inference or two from what may be said; and then conclude with a word or two of exhortation.
Taken from The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society
– George Whitefield’s birthday is coming 🙂