MP3 and Transcript of Piper’s Biographical Sketch: Peculiar Doctrines, Public Morals, and the Political Welfare: Reflections on the Life and Labor of William Wilberforce
Though perhaps best known for his fervor for abolition, William Wilberforce’s passion for godliness in the life of believers should not be overshadowed by his political activism. He is oft remembered for his statement, “God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”
Wilberforce entered politics as an unconverted man, and became a believer shortly thereafter. He labored diligently for the cross and the crown. Not only was he faced with much public criticism, but his body was also plagued with an intestinal disease. Yet he pressed on, devoting himself to his family, his friends, and the Scriptures; and giving his spare time to assist the poor and neglected. He was an exceptional speaker and worked tirelessly for many years before he saw the fruit of his labors.
Real Christianity, by William Wilberforce. Piper recommends this as the “starter book” before reading biographies; it is also known as The Practical View of the Prevailing Religious Systm of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Classes of This Country Contrasted with Real Christianity. Aren’t you glad modern publishers have shortened it? 🙂