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A Christian and a Statesman (John Newton Dialogue 1)

from The Progressive Campaign by Tim Hunter

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Wilberforce decide to go and seek advice from John Newton, a former slave trader who had a spiritual conversion and become Rector of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London. He’d published pamphlets describing the horrific conditions of slave ships and campaigned for abolition.


Many years ago, when he was a young boy, William came to hear me preaching. I still remembered him and was surprised when he came to see me, as an adult, looking for advice. By then he was a famous MP.
He told me his faith had returned, but he was having self doubts about his worthiness and ability to uphold his beliefs – and that he’d been asked to take on the slavers.
I told him not to live a life of solitude. I told him that God would bring a calm and tranquil state to his troubled mind. I knew the Lord would make him a Christian and a Statesman. How seldom do those characters coincide - but they are not incompatible. I encouraged him to persue the campaign to abolish slavery. I told him that we needed him in Parliament to carry out this noble task. I persuaded him to combine his religious beliefs with a continued political career.


from The Progressive Campaign, released March 21, 2023
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'Through his musical albums, Knaresborough composer Tim Hunter helps bring to life the stories and legends of Yorkshire's rich heritage.' Yorkshire Post 1st May 2020.
Tim Hunter is a singer/songwriter/producer. His musical compositions range from pop ballads through to classic rock and have been enjoyed by audiences both in Europe and the United States.
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