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 excellent man's life-it additionally tells us tips on how to comprehend the last word resource of his greatness and happiness. in addition, that figuring out is going a long way deeper than the abolitionist achievements for which Wilberforce is venerated, fantastic even though they have been. William Wilberforce's mystery, as published during this ebook, 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 hindrances 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 check 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 considerably God-centered Christian, and the way his deep spirituality helped to alter the ethical outlook of a kingdom. As international leaders debate over tips on how to take care of 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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Thou hast achieved a part: hast gained the ear Of Britain’s senate to thy glorious cause; Hope smiles, joy springs; and though cold Caution pause, And weave delay, the better hour is near That shall remunerate thy toils severe, By peace for Afric, fenced with British laws. Enjoy what thou has won, esteem and love From all the Just on earth, and all the Blest above. qxd 40 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 40 Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce Thy country, Wilberforce, with just disdain, Hears thee by cruel men and impious call’d Fanatic, for thy zeal to loose the enthrall’d From exile, public sale, and slavery’s chain.
It seemed utterly unthinkable to Parliament that Britain could prosper without what the plantations of the West Indies provided. Then there were the international politics and how Britain was positioned in relation to France, Portugal, Brazil, and the new nation, the United States of America. If one nation, like Britain, unilaterally abolished the slave trade, but the others did not, it would simply mean—so the argument ran—that power and wealth would be transmitted to the other nations and Britain would be weakened internationally.
56. , 89. qxd 12/6/06 1:59 PM Page 37 “God Has Set Before Me Two Great Objects” 37 uous endeavors. ”5 Three years later, almost ten years after the battle was begun, he wrote: The grand object of my parliamentary existence [is the abolition of the slave trade]. . Before this great cause all others dwindle in my eyes, and I must say that the certainty that I am right here, adds greatly to the complacency with which I exert myself in asserting it. 6 Triumph over All Opposition Of course the opposition that raged for these twenty years was because of the financial benefits of slavery to the traders and to the British economy, because of what the plantations in the West Indies produced.
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