Humble, Affectionate, and Earnest Address to the Clergy

by William Law


William Law saw many changes during his lifetime: the laws and authorities of his British homeland underwent a major shift, he switched from one career to another, and his personal spiritual philosophies evolved dramatically over time. Among his many writings, Law wrote polemical tracts, practical devotional books, and, later in his life, mystical reflections. His work influenced some of the greatest minds of the 18th century, including Samuel Johnson, George Whitefield, and John and Charles Wesley. Law sent his last work, his Address to the Clergy, to the press just a few days before his death in 1761. With the mystical passion of his later years, he entreats Christian leaders to focus on the fundamentals of the faith: repentance of sin, dependence upon Christ, and leading renewed, holy lives in obedience to the Holy Spirit. As Christ’s primary teachers and representatives, clergy members have a unique responsibility for the salvation of their congregations. Law’s final words reaffirm the Christian message, and call all Christians to share that message with others.

Kathleen O’Bannon
CCEL Staff

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  Born: AD 1686
Died: April 9, 1761
Related topics: Early works, Christian life, Bohme, Jakob,--1575-1624, Christianity, Clergy, …
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