“The times are awfully dark, but the Lord reigns.
I understand not the prophecies yet unfulfilled, but I know that they must be fulfilled, and I expect light will spring out of darkness.
I shall hardly live to see it. However, it shall be well with the righteous.
I am or would be of no sect or party, civil or religious; but a lover of mankind.
It is my part to mourn over sin, and the misery which sin causes, to be humbled for my own sins especially, to pray for peace, and to preach the gospel.
Other things I leave to those who have more leisure and ability, and I leave the whole to Him who does all things well! (Mark 7:37)”
–John Newton, Wise Counsel: John Newton’s Letters to John Ryland Jr., Ed. Grant Gordon (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2009), 296.