The only effectual means
for reforming mankind
(Letters of John
The Gospel of Christ, the glorious Gospel
of the blessed God—is the only effectual
means for reforming mankind.
To the man who possesses and knows the use
of this grand, this wonderful machine—if I may
be allowed the comparison—what is otherwise
impossible becomes easy.
The Gospel removes difficulties insurmountable
to human power. It causes the blind to see, the
deaf to hear; it softens the heart of stone, and
raises the dead in trespasses and sins to a life
No force but that of the Gospel is sufficient to
remove the mountainous load of guilt from an
awakened conscience, to calm the violence of
tumultuous passions, to raise an earthly soul
from groveling in the mire of sensuality or
avarice—to a spiritual and divine life, a life
of communion with God.
No system but the Gospel can communicate
motives, encouragements, and prospects,
sufficient to withstand and counteract all the
snares and temptations with which the spirit
of this world, by its frowns or its smiles, will
endeavor either to intimidate or to bribe us
from the path of duty.
But the Gospel, rightly understood and cordially
embraced—will inspire the slothful with energy
and the fearful with courage. It will make the
miser generous; melt the grouch into kindness;
tame the raging tiger in the breast; and, in a
word, expand the narrow selfish heart and fill
it with a spirit of love to God, cheerful unreserved
obedience to His will, and benevolence to mankind!