Augustine said—Lord, save me from that wicked man, myself. John Knox confessed—In youth, in mid-age, and now, after many battles, I find nothing in me but corruption. John Wesley acknowledged—I am fallen short of the glory of God; my whole heart is altogether corrupt and abominable, and consequently my whole life, seeing an evil tree cannot bring forth good fruit.
In his beautiful hymn Charles Wesley wrote —Vile and full of sin I am. Augustus Toplady, the writer of 'Rock of Ages' said—O that such a wretch as I should ever be tempted to think highly of himself! I that am myself nothing but sin and weakness, in whose flesh naturally dwells no good thing.
(Isa. 64. 6; Luke 5. 8; 1 Tim. 1. 15)
Dr. Charles Berry, the gifted preacher, was asked by a Lancashire girl with a shawl over her head and clogs on her feet, 'Are you a minister?' When she found that he was, she said, 'I want you to come and get my mother in.' On further questioning, he gathered that the girl's mother was dying and wanted to be saved. Dr. Berry tried to get out of it, but the girl persisted, and so he went. When he spoke to the dying woman about Christ the beautiful Example and Teacher, she said, 'That's no good to me. I don't want an Example: I'm a sinner!' Then Dr. Berry told her
the old story of God's love in Christ's dying for sinners. 'That's what I want,' said the woman, 'that's the story for me.' So he got her in and got in himself, and from that night preached a full gospel.
(1 Tim. 1. 15)
In 1520 one man brought small pox to Mexico, where it cost three and one half million deaths. Another man, who landed in England in 1348, was responsible for spreading the black death, "Bubonic Plague," the greatest killer Great Britain has
It teaches us that one inconsistent or disloyal church member can hurt the whole church. Listen to Paul: "Whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all themselves rejoice with it" (I Corinthians 12:26).
It does not take many bullets from a rifle to kill a man. One bullet will kill. It does not take many deadly diseases to bring death to the human body. One deadly disease can make a strong man "shuffle off this mortal coil." It does not take the breakage of bones in the hand to make the hand helpless. One broken bone will do it.
Not many men but one man brought small pox to Mexico in 1520. And that makes us think of what the Bible teaches: "One sinner destroyeth much good" (Ecclesiastes 9:18).