Use Treasures as Channels of God’s Love, Not as Tools of Oppression — A Quote by Elaine Heath in “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”

“Excess wealth leads to power, Woolman says, which tends to lead to the abuse of power, which ultimately leads to war. ‘To labour for a perfect redemption from this spirit of oppression is the greatest business of the whole family of Christ Jesus in this world.’ But to bring about such liberation, Christians must own their complicity in evil systems, a truth brought home to Woolman through a mystical experience. During a severe illness Woolman experienced a vision in which he saw slaves working in a mine. In the vision the slaves cursed Christ because Christians were the ones who oppressed them, benefiting from their labor and using treasures they produced from the mine. If Christians were this oppressive, the slaves reasoned, Christ must be a ‘cruel tyrant’ indeed… The primary business of Christians, according to Woolman, is to ‘turn all the treasures we possess into the channel of universal love.’”

— Elaine Heath, “The Mystic Way of Evangelism”, Kindle locations 902-907,916-916

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