"…take not thy Bible from us"

Thomas Goodwin recounts John Rogers’ experience upon reminding people of their neglect of God’s Word:

Mr. John Rogers was at the time on the subject of the Scriptures, and in the course of his sermon, he falls into an expostulation with the people about their neglect of the Bible; he personates God to the people, telling them:

“Well, I have trusted you so long with my Bible, you have slighted it; it lies in such and such houses, covered with dust and cobwebs; you care not to look at it. Do you use my Bible so ? Well, you shall have my Bible no longer! ” And he takes up the Bible from the cushion and seems as if going away with it; but immediately turns again, and personates the people to God, falls down upon his knees, cries and pleads most earnestly, – ” Lord, whatever thou doest to us, take not thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods, only spare us our Bible! ” And he personates God again to the people, “say you so ? Well, I will try you a little longer, and here is my Bible for you; I will see how you will use it, whether you will love it more and live more according to it!”

By these actions, the congregation were remarkably affected. The people were generally deluged with tears ; and Rogers deluged himself, when he got out, and was to take horse to be gone, was fain to hang a quarter of an hour on the neck of his horse weeping, before he had power to mount, so strange an impression was there made upon him, and generally upon the people, on having been thus expostulated with on the neglect of the Bible.

Source: “…take not thy Bible from us” at the bluefish project

I always find something useful at Dave Bish’s the bluefish project. I visit it every day, sometimes more than once.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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