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William Carey’s Great Expectations

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William Carey, in his Enquiry Into the Obligations of Christians, to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens.  In which the Religious State of the Different Nations of the World, the Success of Former Undertakings, and the Practicability of Further Undertakings, Are Considered…, writes:

It must undoubtedly strike every thinking mind that a vast proportion of the sons of Adam remain in the most deplorable state of heathen darkness, without any means of knowing the true God, except what are afforded them by the works of nature; and utterly destitute of the knowledge of the gospel of Christ, or of any means of obtaining it.

Carey continues:

Can we as men, or as Christians, hear that ignorance and barbarism envelops a great part of our fellow creatures, whose souls are as immortal as ours and who are as capable as ourselves of adorning the gospel, and contributing by their preaching, writings, or practices to the glory of our Redeemer’s name, and the good of the church?

It is inconsistent for ministers to please themselves with thoughts of a numerous congregation, cordial friends, a civilized country, legal protection, affluence, splendor, or even an income that is sufficient.  The slights and hatred of men, and even pretended friends, gloomy prisons, and tortures, the society of barbarians of uncouth speech, miserable accommodations in wretched wildernesses, hunger and thirst, nakedness, weariness, and diligence, hard work, and but little worldly encouragement, should rather be the objects of their expectation.  (emphasis mine)

Indeed, this is a core characteristic of a true follower of Christ, says Carey, for “Christians are a body whose truest interest lies in the exaltation of the Messiah’s kingdom.

Click here to read An Enquiry in its entirety.  

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Written by keywoodblog

July 29, 2011 at 11:21 pm

Posted in Gospel, sermon

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