By John Piper
"John Piper's succinct and fantastically perceptive research of William Wilberforce merits to turn into an acclaimed bestseller. It not just tells the tale of an exceptional man's life-it additionally tells us easy methods to comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. additionally, that knowing is going a ways deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is venerated, striking notwithstanding they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as printed during this publication, 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 was once remodeled from an unbelieving, younger baby-kisser right into a substantially God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a country. As international leaders debate over how one can care for a number of social justice and humanitarian crises, a more in-depth examine Wilberforce's existence and religion serves as an encouragement and instance to all believers.
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Alas! alas! how miserable a wretch am I! How infatuated, how dead to every 21 22 Pollock, Wilberforce, 82. , 81-82. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 65 The Deeper Root of Childlike Joy 65 better feeling yet—yet—yet—may I, Oh God, be enabled to repent and turn to thee with my whole heart, I am now flying from thee. 23 Unwearied Endeavor to Relish God When Wilberforce pressed his readers to “unwearied endeavor” for more “relish” of heavenly things—that is, when he urged them to fight for joy—he was doing what he had learned from long experience.
233-34. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 55 Extraordinary Endurance 55 raderie in the cause of righteousness. Many people associate Wilberforce’s name with the term Clapham Sect. That term was not used during his lifetime. ”23 The group centered around the church of John Venn, rector of Clapham, a suburb of London. It included Wilberforce, Henry Thornton, James Stephen, Zachary Macaulay, Granville Sharp, John Shore (Lord Teignmouth), and Charles Grant. Henry Thornton, banker and economist, was Wilberforce’s “dearest friend”24 and cousin.
In fact, the diversity of the evangelistic and benevolent causes he labored to advance makes his devotion to abolition all the more wonderful. Most of us make the multiplicity of demands an excuse for not giving ourselves to any one great cause over the long haul. ) good. ”2 His involvements ranged widely. He was involved with the British Foreign Bible Society, the Church Missionary Society, the Society for the Manufacturing Poor, and the Society for the Better Observance of Sunday. He worked for the alleviation 1 2 See 21-22.