Wilberforce: the remnant
Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
My brothers, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring him back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins.
—James 5:19-20 (NIV)
[I boldly] avow my firm persuasion, that to the decline of Religion and Morality, our national difficulties must both directly and indirectly be chiefly ascribed; and that my only solid hopes for the well being of my country depend, not so much on her fleets and armies, not so much on the wisdom of her rulers, or the spirit of her people, as on the persuasion, that she still contains many who love and obey the Gospel of Christ; that their intercessions may yet prevail; that for the sake of these, heaven may still look upon us with an eye of favour.
... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 316 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
Lord, Your people pray for their lands.
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