A Lesson From John Wesley And An Indian Leader

I’ve been reading a little in the Journal of John Wesley and have come across some interesting truth. Some great truths are in part of an entry from July 1st 1736 as John Wesley spoke to a leader of the Indians:

The Indians had an audience; and another on Saturday, when Chicali, their head man, dined with Mr. Oglethorpe. After dinner, I asked the grey-headed old man, what he thought he was made for. He said, “He that is above knows what he made us for. We know nothing. We are in the dark. But white men know much. And yet white men build great houses, as if they were to live for ever. But white men cannot live for ever. In a little time, white men will be dust as well as I.” I told him, “If red men will learn the good book, they may know as much as white men. But neither we nor you can understand that book, unless we are taught by Him that is above: And He will not teach, unless you avoid what you already know is not good” He answered, “I believe that. He will not teach us while our hearts are not white. And our men do what they know is not good: They kill their own children. And our women do what they know is not good: They kill the child before it is born. Therefore, He that is above does not send us the good book.”


About Clint Adams

Hello. I am the Pastor of Double Branch Free Will Baptist Church in Unadilla, Georgia. I am happily married. I enjoy sports in general, reading, and spending time with friends and family.
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1 Response to A Lesson From John Wesley And An Indian Leader

  1. amspencer1984 says:

    That is an amazing thing to read, Clint. So many aspects of it stand out: The awareness that the Indian had of God, the understanding he had about the necessity of following the truth that they already knew, the singling out of abortion in his analysis of their sin. So many things. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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