Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce by John Piper

By John Piper

"John Piper's succinct and fantastically perceptive learn of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of a good man's life-it additionally tells us find out how to comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. in addition, that knowing is going some distance deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is commemorated, excellent even though they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as published during this publication, used to be 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 stumbling blocks William Wilberforce, an evangelical Christian and a member of Parliament, fought for the abolition of the African slave alternate and opposed to slavery itself till they have been either unlawful within the British Empire. Many are conscious of Wilberforce's function in bringing an finish to slavery in nice Britain, yet few have taken the time to envision the ideals and motivations that spurred him on for many years. In this concise quantity, John Piper tells the tale of ways Wilberforce was once remodeled from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a extensively God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As international leaders debate over the way to care for a bunch of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's lifestyles and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.

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O! little do they know of the true measure of enjoyment, who can compare these delightful complacencies with the frivolous pleasures of dissipation, or the coarse gratifications of sensuality. . The nominal Christian . . ”28 That is what he calls true self-denial—“trifling sacrifices”— just as the apostle Paul called all his earthly treasures “rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Phil. 3:8). , 122. , 103. , 237. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 67 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 67 persevering in political justice that Wilberforce fought for it with relentless vigilance.

123. The Christian Observer (London), January 1834, 63. 33 Wilberforce, A Practical View of Christianity, 122. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 69 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 69 replenish his soul? If his childlike, child-loving, self-forgetting, indomitable joy was a life-giving root for his endurance in the lifelong fight for abolition, what, we might say, is the root of the root? Or what was the solid ground where the root was planted? ”2 “From the neglect of these peculiar doctrines arise the main practical errors of the bulk of professed Christians.

4 Pollock, Wilberforce, 267. , 183. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 59 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 59 upstairs and he was frustrated at having misplaced a letter, he heard a great din of children shouting. His guest thought he would be perturbed. Instead he smiled and said, “What a blessing to have these dear children! ”7 He was an unusual father for his day. Most fathers who had the wealth and position he did rarely saw their children. Servants and a governess took care of the children, and they were to be out of sight most of the time.

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