Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Compelled by duty, not by love

Surprisingly honest admission from a 19th century missionary to America...

“Sadly, I have to confess to you, that, as far as I know, neither love for the Lord, nor love for the orphaned brothers drove me to America. I didn’t even want to go. I went there against my will, fighting it. I went because my conscience compelled me, because it was my duty. It grieved me then — and still grieves me, that I didn’t — still don’t love the Lord more and that He had to drive me out to work like a slave.”

F.C.D. Wyneken, second president of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, said this.

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