Which Way Are You Sailing

I love this imagery from William Wilberforce’s book, A Practical View of Christianity, which depicts the state in which many professing Christians find themselves, if they are not true believers in the Lord Jesus Christ:

Not unlike the rival circumnavigators from Spain and Portugal, who setting out in contrary directions, found themselves in company at the very time they thought themselves farthest from each other; so the bulk of professed Christians arrive, though by a different course, almost at the very same point, and occupy nearly the same station as a set of [professed unbelievers], who also rest upon a barren faith, to whom on the first view they might be thought the most nearly opposite, and whose tenets they with reason profess to hold in peculiar detestation.

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