Saturday, 24 September 2011

Spiritual spectacles

Anglican John Newton shared a delightful correspondence with neighbouring baptist minister Thomas Bull.  Newton was warm spirited towards other Christians despite denominational differences;
'You will find Mr Crawford a man to your tooth, but he is in Mr Wesley's connexion. So I remember venerable Bede, after giving a high character of some contemporary, kicks his full pail of milk down, and reduces him almost to nothing by adding, in the close, to this purpose, "But, unhappy man, he did not keep Easter our way." A fig for all connexions say I, and say you, but that which is formed by the bands and ligaments the Apostle speaks of in Ephesians 4.16.
Therefore, I venture to repeat it, that Mr Crawford though he often sees and hears Mr Wesley, and I believe loves him well, is a good man, and you will see the invisible mark upon his forehead if you examine him with your spiritual spectacles' 

7th July 1778 Olney

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