CONVERSION OF THOMAS ADAM OF WINTRINGHAM
Many years ago there was a vigorous-minded man, and an able scholar, the rector of Wintringham, in Lincolnshire. Entering the ministry without love to God, or to the souls of men, for years he spent his professional income in self-indulgence; and, whilst the pastor amused himself, the people perished. At last his conscience was awakened, and, as his conduct grew correct, his preaching became earnest and arousing. Still he was ignorant of Christ crucified, and, as his was not the ministry of reconciliation, no effects followed his solemn exhortations. He was vexed at the Epistle to the Romans; for, hard as he found it to attain a life of superior sanctity, Paul seemed to make no account of human goodness, however eminent. Although he read many divines, they did not resolve his difficulties. But, being a man of strong nature, he could not rest in this uncertainty. Accordingly, one day he “spread the matter before the Lord, and entreated Him to pity his distress, and guide him by His Holy Spirit into the understanding of the truth. Then, taking up his Greek Testament, he read carefully the first six chapters of Romans. To his unspeakable astonishment, his difficulties disappeared. The righteousness of God was revealed to him. He saw that justification through Jesus Christ alone is the great burden of the Gospel, the grand display of God’s perfections, and the only principle of genuine holiness. He rejoiced with exceeding joy. He felt his conscience was purged from guilt through the atoning blood of Christ, and his heart set at liberty to run the way of God’s commandments in a spirit of filial love and holy delight; and, from that hour, Mr. Adam began to preach salvation through Jesus Christ.
Gospel Magazine 1863