Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

By John Piper

"John Piper's succinct and beautifully perceptive research of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of a very good man's life-it additionally tells us the way to comprehend the final word resource of his greatness and happiness. in addition, that realizing is going a ways deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is venerated, surprising although they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as published during this e-book, was once that he made the adventure from self-centeredness, achievement-centeredness, and political-centeredness to God-centeredness. And he made it with Christlike joy." -Jonathan Aitken opposed to nice hindrances William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave exchange and opposed to slavery itself till they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's position in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to ascertain the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of the way Wilberforce used to be remodeled from an unbelieving, younger flesh presser right into a appreciably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As global leaders debate over tips on how to care for a bunch of social justice and humanitarian crises, a better examine Wilberforce's existence and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.

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You should have gone to the gravel-pits, and made your appeal to the wretched creatures with bits of sacks around their shoulders, and with hay-bands round their legs; you should have gone to the roadside, and made your appeal to the emaciated, half-dead things who are there cracking stones to make the roads as level as a die for the tax eaters to ride on. What an insult it is, and what an unfeeling, what a cold-blooded hypocrite must he be that can send it forth; what an insult to call upon people under the name of free British laborers; to appeal to them in behalf of Black slaves, when these free British laborers; these poor, mocked, degraded wretches, would be happy to lick the 9 Pollock, Wilberforce, 276.

Short of physical harm, there was the painful loss of friends. Some would no longer fight with him, and they were estranged. , 123. , 143. qxd 38 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 38 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce international political ramifications. For example, if Britain really outlawed slavery, the West Indian colonial assemblies threatened to declare independence from Britain and to federate with the United States. These kinds of financial and political arguments held Parliament captive for decades.

7 Missions and Mercy Across the Miles His zeal for the gospel and his compassion for perishing people were extended from personal relationships at home to places as far away as India. ”8 Seven years later “Wilberforce . . , 119. , 205. , 258. , 235. qxd 44 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 44 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce enthralled the House . . ”9 The Englishman William Carey had to live in Serampore, a Danish enclave in India, until Wilberforce triumphed in 1813 when the prohibition of evangelism in British colonies in India was lifted by the East India Company Charter, which now guaranteed liberty to propagate the Christian Faith.

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