Monday, July 30, 2012

Wilberforce: gospel vs. philosophy

Monday, July 30, 2012
    Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
    I meditate on your precepts
    and consider your ways.
    —Psalm 119:15 (NIV)
    The diligent perusal of the Holy Scriptures would discover to us our past ignorance. We should cease to be deceived by superficial appearances, and to confound the gospel of Christ with the systems of philosophers; we should become impressed with the weighty truth, so much forgotten in the present day, that Christianity calls on us, as we value our immortal souls, not merely in general, to be religious and moral, but specially to believe the doctrines, imbibe the principles, and practise the precepts of Christ.
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 80 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have written Your law on the hearts of Your people.
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