Dwight. L. Moody
American evangelist and revivalist.
The life and death of Mr. Moody are full of lessons. Lessons that it would take volumes to fully recount. We must confine ourselves to some of those that are most striking and fundamental.
1. The first lesson is the great possibilities that are open through the grace of God, to a poor, uneducated, and spiritually unpromising boy. His parents were poor; his father a country stone mason with seven children. All his property consisted of a plain little house, with one or two acres of poor land, and this mortgaged. When the oldest child was but thirteen and Dwight only four, the father suddenly died. The widow was left with seven children to support, and the mortgaged home. A month after the father’s death, two more children were born. It was a life of hard toil and little promise that D. L. Moody faced from early boyhood. He had meagre opportunities for education, and did not take to what little he had. Furthermore he was not a spiritually-minded boy. When he offered himself for church membership in Boston at eighteen years of age, he was refused immediate admission to the church. The pastor and church have been criticised and laughed at for this, but the pastor and church were right, for he knew so little about salvation, that when the question was put to him “What has Christ done for us all, for you, which entitles Him to our love,” his reply was “I do not know. I think Christ has done a good deal for us, but I do not think of anything particular as I know of.” But the church, while holding him back, did not cast him off nor neglect him. It appointed a committee of two to watch over him with kindness and teach him the way of God more perfectly. But this poor boy, poorly educated, poor in spiritual promise, became the mightiest religious leader of the century; and I think it may be added the greatest man of the century; for when the fame and influence of our great generals, great statesmen, great authors, and great scholars have been forgotten, his fame and influence, and thank God his influence more than his fame, will not be forgotten, but will live on.
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Extract from "Lessons from the Life and Death of D. L. Moody" by Rev. R. A. Torrey.
From "The Gospel Awakening" as published 1877AD.
"The Gospel Awakening of the present time is the great religious event of the Nineteenth century, in our own land and Great Britain; and it has had no parallel since the mighty revival labors put forth by Wesley and Whitefield, a hundred years since. At the appearance of two plain and zealous Evangelists, town after town, and city upon city have awakened out of religious lethargy and sectarian rivalry. The foremost ministers and laymen have been glad to co-operate with and learn from these consecrated lay preachers; night organizations for reaching the great masses have been extemporized, as if by magic; and better still, the quickening impulse of a Christlike life has been imparted unto myriads, so that countless multitudes of sinners have been converted within the space of a few years, and cold congregations have been fired with a burning desire to work for the Master." [Extract from the Publisher's Preface.]
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