John Newton was a Puritan pastor who is most famous for his hymn “Amazing Grace” and his book Pilgrim’s Progress. As a former slave trader, Newton understood the power of the gospel to overcome sin and guilt. His legacy has lived on his books, hymns, poems, and letters.
One letter from Newton has had particular impact on me. I came across it by the modern worship song “His Mercy Is More.” Matt Papa was leading worship at a conference that I attended and shared the story behind the song. Newton wrote this letter to a man in his congregation who struggled with doubt and ongoing sin. Papa shares the letter on his website and I have copied it here.
Thanks to Matt Papa for sharing this letter. You can learn more about the song “His Mercy Is More” at his website. I shared my favorite rendition of the song below.