Insensibility to Salvation of Others – Payson

“We all deserve damnation, a thousand times, for our stupid insensibility to the situation of those, who are perishing around us.  We profess to believe the word of God; but can you prove that you believe it?  Do you act, as if you believed it?  Do you believe that many of your acquaintances, your children, are in danger of the fate, which has been so vividly described in the bible?

Dare you go to God, and say, Lord, I believe thy word, I believe that all your warnings and threats will be fulfilled… and then, as if I believed nothing… turn away, and coolly pursue my worldly business, without uttering one agonizing cry for those, who are exposed to this danger?  Dare you go and claim relationship to Christ, and profess to have his Spirit, and then make no effort, or only a few faint efforts, to save those, for whom he shed not tears only, but blood?”


Edward Payson


4 thoughts on “Insensibility to Salvation of Others – Payson

  1. Hi Berean Wife – If you would care to share your thoughts on the quote you posted – I would be interested.
    I am a Christian, but have always subscribed to the “actions speak louder than words” method of sharing the good news.


    Berean Wife Reply:

    Debbie V.,

    One’s actions do speak very loudly. But without our words others would not have truth imparted to them. We can’t have one without the other they are two sides of the same coin. Scripture is clear about both. Our actions must match our words and our words must explain our actions. I can give to the poor because I hate the government and want to right wrongs or I can give to the poor because of the Love of Christ and His commands. Yet without my words you may never know why I give to the poor.

    1 Corinthians 13 deals very clearly with our actions matching our words.

    1 John 2:4-6
    4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
    5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him:
    6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

    However, there are also several verses that point out faith cometh by hearing and not just from our actions. Not only does faith come by hearing, Romans also says by hearing the Word of Christ.

    Romans 10:14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? ESV

    Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. ESV

    Galatians 3:2 Let me ask you only this: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law or by hearing with faith? ESV

    John 17:20-21
    20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
    21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

    The quote from Payson is also pointing out how we do the reverse with the Lord. We say we believe His Word, we say we trust the Lord and yet our actions negate everything we say to the Lord. We don’t act as if we believe any of the truth found in Scripture.

    Hope that helps.

    Berean Wife


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