“In one period the grossest ignorance and barbarism prevailed in the world; and afterwards, in a more enlightened age, the most daring infidelity, and contempt of God; so that the world which was once over-run with ignorance, now by wisdom knew not God, but changed the glory of the incorruptible God as much as in the most barbarous ages, into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Nay, as they increased in science and politeness, they ran into more abundant and extravagant idolatries.”
An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to Use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens (1792)
“Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?”
Pioneer missionary to India, author of An Enquiry into the Obligations of Christians to use Means for the Conversion of the Heathens.
“The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.”
Missionary to India and Persia
“Martyn also translated the New Testament and Psalms into Persian. Persian was spoken at the Moslem courts in India and was the language of judicial proceedings under the British government in Hindostan. Understood from Calcutta to Damascus, it seemed that a quarter of the globe could then understand the Persian language. Martyn’s New Testament was the first translation into Persian since the fifth century.” (quote from above link)
Source of Carey and Martyn quotes: Missions slogans and notables quotes from missionaries
Do we have a heart for missions? Have we lost our first love?
Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!