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hudson-taylor Would that God would make hell so real to us that we cannot rest; heaven so real that we must have men there, Christ so real that our supreme motive and aim shall be to make the Man of Sorrows the Man of Joy by the conversion to Him of many.

– Hudson Taylor

1832 – 1905

HT: The Desert Pastor

6 thoughts on “Quotes (607)

  1. That just is not good theology.

    Taylor had the heart of a missionary and sought to save the lost. But, his Arminian background shows in this quote.

    When we preach the Gospel to the lost. We don’t really win men to Christ as much as we gather the elect.

    When we go unto the four corners of the world to preach the Gospel, we are guaranteed success because God the Holy Spirit goes before us and guarantees that all those that belong to Christ will come to Christ.


  2. I don’t know about Taylor’s “theology,” but there is nothing unbiblical in the posted quote:

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

    “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.” II Corinthians 5:11

    “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.” Proverbs 11:30

    “To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. ” I Corinthians 9:22

    You can call it “gathering the elect,” if you like, but there is nothing unbiblical about wanting to make it our supreme aim and motive to see the conversion of many to Christ.


  3. John 4:35b Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. (Go gather the elect)

    A better translation of 2 Cor 5:11 NASB
    Therefore, knowing the fear of the Lord, we persuade men, but we are made manifest to God; and I hope that we are made manifest also in your consciences.

    This fear is the Final Judgment. Again, preaching that man faces a Holy God in judgment is not the same as saying reach for heaven.

    When we speak to the lost we shall use words which convey their lostness. When we speak among the brethren, we speak of God’s ultimate plan for redemption. Stan Edwards said it correctly.

    In the reformed view, ultimately, it is not my work or preaching which will persuade a man to Christ, but the Holy Spirit. Our supreme motive should be to glorify God with our obedience.

    I don’t think is was a good quote.


  4. “I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours.” (John 4:38)

    There is nothing in John 4:35-38 to contradict Taylor’s quote. Taylor prays that God would make men not to rest, and that is precisely what the passage of Scripture is about. John 4:35 is a an admonition to get busy while there is time, not a command to “gather the elect.”

    II Corinthians 5:11 in the NASB is not a better translation than the KJV. Our supreme motive is to obey the Bible. The Bible tells us to persuade men. Nowhere does it tell us to “preach as an Arminian” or to “believe as a Calvinist.”

    When Christ returns in glory HE shall gather the elect from all over the world. Until then His people are to sow the seeds of the Gospel, labor in the fields themselves, pray that HE would send forth more laborers, and strive with all our might to be used of Him in the salvation of lost sinners.


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