|One of some one hundred extant sermons of the Rev. Benjamin Franklin Marable, this opening portion of "Gifts that Cost Nothing" gives some flavor of the style which distinguished him as an orator:|
When one generous soul loves another, He is eager to promote the happiness of that other, and cheerfully robs himself to do his friend a pleasure.
The love of the Father for
his Son was infinite, and it must have been with a bitter pang that he
consented to send his Son away from his arms, away from the heaven of which
he was the glory, to this world of sin and sorrow, to endure long years
of exile, to be a stranger to the heavenly joy, and to be numbered with
Within two years of his mother's death, his father remarried to Frances Anderson Terry, a niece of the late Rev. Abner Wentworth Clopton who had presided over the Baptist church at Charlotte, North Carolina until his death in 1833. Under his step-mother's tutorship, the young B. F. Marable joined the Baptist Church, felt his call to the ministry and entered Richmond College at Richmond, Virginia. He continued his studies at Wake Forest College in North Carolina, receiving his A. B. degree there in 1855. He also obtained an A.M. degree from Wake Forest and a D. D. degree from Davidson College.
From 1857 to 1863, the Rev. Marable was corresponding secretary of the Baptist State Convention in North Carolina. While pastor of Beulah church in 1863 he resigned his pastorate and joined the Presbyterian Church, citing "the endless diversity of religious opinion held by the members and even by the ministry [of the Baptist Church]."
He was received into the Fayetteville Presbytery on 7 April 1863 and served as pastor in the Presbyterian Church at Warsaw (1864-1866), Oak Plain (1866-1868), Clinton (1868-1875), Goldsboro (1875-1879), and Clinton and Mount Olive (1880-1892). After his death, a Co-Presyter wrote: