Wilberforce on Real Christianity

I am back at the office now and enjoying getting back into work.

I just came across this quote by Wilberforce and thought I would share it with the rest of you. It gives an insight into Wilberforce’s faith. A faith that motivated him to fight tenaciously for years to abolish Britain’s slave trade.

Thus we should not forget that the main distinction between real Christianity and the system of the bulk of nominal Christians chiefly consists in the differing place given to the Gospel. To the latter, the truths of the Gospel are like distant stars that twinkle with a vain and idle luster. But to the real Christian, these distinctive doctrines constitute the center in which he gravitates, like the sun of his system, and the source of his light, warmth and life.

Even the Old Testament itself, though a revelation from heaven, shines with but feeble and scanty rays. But the Gospel unveils to our eyes its truths and we are called upon to behold and to enjoy “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” – pg. 133 Real Christianity

In reading the book, I have been challenged by Wilberforce’s call to be authentic. If we really believe Jesus then how will that affect our actions, our thoughts, our attitudes?

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