Sunday, November 23, 2008

"...take not thy Bible from us"

As quoted by Mike Reeves at Transformission:

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.


  1. "What has been said, may show us what a precious treasure God has committed into our hands, in that he has given us the Bible. How little do most persons consider what a privilege they enjoy, in the possession of that holy book, the Bible, which they have in their hands, and may converse with as they please. What an excellent book is this, and how far exceeding all human writings! It reveals God to us, and gives us a view of the grand design and glorious scheme of providence from the beginning of the world, either in history or prophecy. It reveals the great Redeemer, his glorious redemption, and the various steps by which God accomplishes it from the first foundation to the top-stone! Shall we prize a history which gives us a clear account of some great earthly prince, or mighty warrior, as of an Alexander, a Caesar, or a Marlborough? and shall we not prize the history that God gives us of the glorious kingdom of his Son Jesus Christ, the Prince and Saviour, and of the great transactions of that King of kings, and Lord of armies, the Lord mighty in battle; and what he has wrought for the redemption of his chosen people?" J Edwards, History Of a Work Of Redemption.

  2. Larry, I was just about to comment on your extraordinary eloquence when I noticed the reference to Mr Edwards! Great quote though.

    I remember a couple of years ago talking to a couple of Japanese students about Jesus and I mentioned something about the Bible and he thought for a while and then responded, 'oh, you mean the Holy Bible' I felt pretty rebuked that a non-Christian was speaking about the Bible with more reverence than I was and realised I tend to be far too flippant about this amazing treasure that God has blessed me with.

    Thanks for that Bish.

  3. Thanks, Bish.

    I think the mention of Goodwin at the bottom (crying on his horse) is actually Rogers. It's Goodwin who recounts the story as told by Rogers. Think that's right anyway!

    Either way, I always feel most convicted when I read this story. Neglect of the Bible? Ouch! How lost we'd be without it.

  4. Thanks for the correction - I picked up the quote from google rather than transcribing it...