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    April 12, 2013

    How do you change the capitol, our state, and our nation?

    This is a question many legislators and elected officials ask as they seek to make a difference in their roles as leaders.

    We have a wonderful example of a legislator who made in difference in his nation in the life and work of William Wilberforce. Since this year’s regular session studies in Philemon dealt with the issue of slavery, we finished up the series with a brief biographical sketch of the British legislator who fought to end the slave trade in Great Britain.

    Wilberforce fought a 20 year battle to end the slave trade in the face of tremendous political opposition and personal challenges. He endured because of his settled belief in what he called the “peculiar doctrines” of the Christian faith. These were the gospel truths of the sinfulness of all citizens, salvation only through faith in Christ’s work on the cross, and the working of the Holy Spirit to bring about growth and change in people's lives. It is these truths that set Christianity apart from all other religions and from the “nominal Christianity” that Wilberforce spoke against. Even as he fought political battles, he constantly held to and proclaimed these truths of genuine Christianity, and this is what sustained him in his work.

    William Wilberforce is a great example for our legislators and elected officials, and for us. I encourage you to download our study and check out the resources linked to below.

    Peculiar Doctrines, Public Morals, and the Political Welfare

    Audio & Manuscript of John Piper’s Biographical Presentation on Wilberforce

    Amazing Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

    Book by John Piper. Free .PDF available for download

    A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity

    Online version of William Wilberforce’s book. A free version is also available for Kindle

    This is the last full week of regular session which ends at midnight on Saturday. We will hold one more Bible study during the budget meetings next week while the legislators are still in town. In these last hectic days of the session, please pray that God will touch the hearts of our leaders with those "peculiar doctrines" of the Christian faith. This is the only thing that will truly make a difference in their lives,in our state, and in our nation.

    Tim Pauley
    State Director, West Virginia