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July 6, 2009 / beidson

Good Hope In A Dying Hour: Andrew Fuller’s Hope In Hard Truths

From The armies of the Lamb: The spirituality of Andrew Fuller, edited by Michael A.G. Haykin:andrew-fuller

I used to think too, that the doctrine of election was a reason why we need not pray, and I fear there are many who split upon this rock; who think it is to no purpose to pray, as things will be as they will be.  But I now see that the doctrine of election is the greatest encouragement, instead of discouragement, to prayer.  He that decreed that any one should be finally saved, decreed that it should be in the way of prayer; as much as he that has decreed what we shall possess of the things of this life, has decreed that it shall be in the way of industry: and as we never think of being idle in common business, because God has decreed what we shall possess of this world’s goods; so neither should we be slothful in the business of our souls, because our final state is decreed.  We may be sure of this, for the Lord hath spoken it–that the wrath of God will be poured out on the families who call not on his name; while the door of mercy will be opened to all who knock at it.

I hope you will excuse my freedom.  It is on some accounts with reluctance that I thus write, as it goes against me to make you unhappy; but what is present happiness compared with the happiness of a good hope in a dying hour?

I pray to God that I would have such hope in hard truths and the courage to speak them, so that when I die I might know that good hope.

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