"YE MUST BE BORN AGAIN"
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England's Great Protector
OLIVER CROMWELL, "the Protector of England,"
and Puritan Ruler, writing to his cousin, speaks
of himself as "a poor ceature." CARLYLE writes thus
"Cromwell was then (1623) in his twenty- fourth year,
with all his life before him. He says, At about this time
took place what Cromwell, with unspeakable joy, would
name his conversion. Certainly a grand epoch for a man
properly the one epoch; the turning-point which guides
upwards, or guides downwards, him and his activities for
evermore! Oliver was henceforth a Christian man;
believed in God, not on Sundays only, but on all days, in
all places, and in all cases."
CROMWELL wrote to the Mayor of Hursley in 1650,
"I hope you give my son good counsel; I believe he needs
it. He is in the dangerous time of his age, and it is a very
vain world. O how good it is to close with Christ betimes!
There is nothing else worth looking after!"
One who was present at the closing scene of Cromwell's
life has graphically described it for us. "At Hampton
Court, being sick nigh unto death, and in his bedchamber,
Cromwell called for his Bible and desired an honourable
and godly person to read unto him that passage in the
fourth of Philippians which saith, I can do all things
through Christ which strengtheneth me." Which read, he
observed, "This Scripture did once save my life, when my
eldest son, poor Robert, died, which went as a dagger
to my heart, indeed it did!"
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