[Papercut Press Publishing] 1998-06-30 - Thomas Shepherd

Part 2

1 Peter 5:3...proving to be models to the flock.

"I saw, that as pride was my sin, so shame would be my punishment. I was much afraid that I would meet with Eli's punishment, because I had not rebuked sins which I knew of, and that sharply. When I observed the excellencies of others, in their ministrations, I began to affect excellency in mine; but the Lord shewed me, that that was devilish pride, humbled me for it, and made me watch against it. On examining my own conduct before the Lord, I saw that the whole country had fared the worse for my sins, which was very humbling to me; particularly, for my living at such a distance from the Lord, notwithstanding what he had done to awaken me, by a storm at sea; by the death of my wife, and my first born child; and by the threatened blindness of another; and notwithstanding my solemn resolutions to serve him, in all manner of holiness, in our land of liberty.

  1. That I had not preached to, nor prayed for, nor visited, nor loved my people, as I ought to have done.

  2. That I had not laboured to instruct and edify my people, as I ought to have done.

  3. That I had not discerned the glory of, nor had believed, nor had been duly affected with, that gospel which I preached unto others.

  4. That I did not duly seek Christ for supply; and though I did his work, I did not regard his command, his presence, or his glory, in doing it; nor endeavour to grow somewhat in holiness every day.

  5. That I did not lament the falls of professors, and condition of settlers in this country."

The book I have taken this from was published in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1781. The editor of this work concluded with the following on Thomas Shepherd, lest you think ill of his faith and his practice of his faith:

"He was one of the most practical, searching, and successful preachers, ever known in America."

And that he was, his writings are still in print today. Historians still write about him. The lifetime goal of Shepherd was to turn the known world upside down by preaching the gospel. Thomas Shepherd can say with Paul, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the foot race, I remain faithful; finally there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who love His appearing." 2 Timothy 4:7,8.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Tim