Washington Gladden

Washington
Gladden
1836
1918

American Congregational Pastor and Early Leader of the Social Gospel Movement

Author Quotes

In the bitter waves of woe, Beaten and tossed about By the sullen winds which blow From the desolate shores of doubt.

No, there are no long stages of preparation through which you must pass; all things are now ready; there is nothing to hinder you from becoming a Christian this very hour. And, if any of you have been trying to make yourself better until you are weary and discouraged in the work, all you have to do is to put it into stronger hands.

The substance of all realities is in this religion of Jesus Christ; but it can be real only to those who will do His will.

O Master, let me walk with Thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me Thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.

Teach me thy patience; still with thee in closer, dearer company, in work that keeps faith sweet and strong, in trust that triumphs over wrong.

The one injurious and fatal fact of our present church work is the barrier between the churches and the poorest classes. The first thing for us to do is to demolish this barrier. The impression is abroad among the poor that they are not wanted in the churches. This impression is either correct or incorrect. If it is correct, then there is no missionary work, for us who are pastors, half so urgent as the conversion of our congregations to Christianity. If it is incorrect, we are still guilty before God in that we have allowed such an impression to go abroad; and we are bound to address ourselves, at once and with all diligence, to the business of convincing the poor people that they are wanted, and will be made welcome in the churches.

When any duty is to be done, it is fortunate for you if you feel like doing it; but, if you do not feel like it, that is no reason for not doing it.

Will you tell Him frankly, that you cannot carry your load, and that you need help? Will you suffer Him to help you in His own way, and be glad and thankful if He will only take you under His care, and direct the whole course of your life for you?

A little while, and the load shall drop at the pilgrim's feet, where the steep and thorny road doth merge in the golden street.

But what an mortal man do to secure his own salvation?" Mortal man can do just what God bids him do. He can repent and believe.

Gentle words, quiet words, are after all, the most powerful words. They are more convincing, more compelling, more prevailing.

In the bitter waves of woe, beaten and tossed about by the sullen winds which blow from the desolate shores of doubt.

It is by speech that many of our best gains are made. A large part of the good we receive comes to us in conversation.

Master, let me walk with thee in lowly paths of service free; tell me thy secret; help me bear the strain of toil, the fret of care.

My child can be no more guilty or deserving of punishment for my sin than he can see with my eyes and feel with my nerves.

Slander, in the strict meaning of the term, comes under the head of lying; but it is a kind of lying which, like its antithesis flattery, ought to be set apart for special censure.

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First Name
Washington
Last Name
Gladden
Birth Date
1836
Death Date
1918
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American Congregational Pastor and Early Leader of the Social Gospel Movement