John Rogers, Puritan evangelist
— from Puritan Evangelism by Joel Beeke
A great Puritan evangelist, John Rogers, warned his congregation against neglecting Scripture by telling them what God might say: “I have trusted you so long with my Bible…it lies in [some] houses all covered with dust and cobwebs, you care not to listen to it. Do you use my Bible so? Well you shall have my Bible no long.”
Roger then picked up his Bible and started walking away from the pulpit. Then he stopped, fell on his knees, and took on the voice of the people, who pleaded, “Lord, whatever Thou dost to us, take not Thy Bible from us; kill our children, burn our houses, destroy our goods; only spare us Thy Bible, take not away Thy Bible.”
“Say you so?” the minister replied, impersonating God. “Well, I will try you a while longer; and here is my Bible for you. I will see how you use it, whether you will search it more, love it more, observe it more, and live more according to it.”
Thomas Goodwin was so moved by Rogers’ dramatic presentation that when he left church he wept upon his horse’s neck for fifteen minutes before he felt strong enough to mount it.
有一位清教徒佈道家 John Roger 有一次在讲道上…开始劝诫众人，并扮演上帝的角色说道：“我已经把我的圣经赐给你们这么长时间了，你们却忽视它，它被放在家家户户里面，全盖满了灰尘和蛛网。你们不愿意去读它。你们不就是这样使用我的圣经的吗？好吧，那我就不再把圣经给你们了。”