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A Coward's Castle
by J.C. Philpot
A Coward's Castle

    A pastor has no right to turn the pulpit into a coward's castle, and from there attack those in the congregation, whom he is afraid to meet face to face privately.

    It is cruelly unfair to attack an individual who cannot defend himself—to hold him up, as if on the horns of the pulpit, before the congregation, (who generally know pretty well who is meant), and to condemn him without hearing his side, with the pastor being the only judge and jury.

Joseph Charles Philpot (1802-1869) resigned from the Church of England in 1835 to become a Strict and Particular Baptist. He later served as the editor of the Gospel Standard magazine for twenty years.