The Greatest Concern in the World – Roger ShermanSubmitted by MaxK on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 09:16
The Greatest Concern in the World – Roger Sherman.
Roger Sherman was the only man who signed all four of America’s founding documents - The Continental Association, The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and The United States Constitution. He was on the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence.
Roger Sherman was also responsible for the no tender but gold or silver coin clause in the United States Constitution, and wrote the pamphlet ‘A Caveat Against Injustice or, An Inquiry into the Evils of a Fluctuating Medium of Exchange.’
However, Roger Sherman’s greatest concern was not sound money.
Roger Sherman’s greatest concern in the world, the most important question, was - What Must I Do to Be Saved? (Acts 16:30). Roger Sherman found that answer to the Greatest Concern in the World (Acts 16:31). And like the gospel commanded, he wanted to help others find it (Mark 16:15).
Even if you are saved, this witnessing tract that Roger Sherman had printed is interesting to read. It is good thinking about. It is not widely available, – which is why I’m re-formatting it. The printer in small type is Benjamin Mecom, a relative of Benjamin Franklin. The attribution of author by some is Cotton Mather, although the pamphlet doesn’t list an author on the cover; and Simon Brown is listed as the writer of the hymn at the end – (who wrote very late in the career of Mather in England). The tract was probably a standard pamphlet of his congregation, although Roger Sherman also wrote a pamphlet on self-examination before the Lord ’s Supper, and helped write his church’s creed, where he was a deacon.
The Greatest Concern in the World. What must I do to be saved? Roger Sherman would not want to have the cares of this world, such as money, cause you to sleep. Roger Sherman would want you to find the answer, and wake up! Wake up and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved! As Acts 16:31 says. Wake up! as the end of the pamphlet he distributed says:
Wake up my soul!
the awful day,
Is coming swiftly on,
When thou must leave this House of Clay,
And fly to Worlds unknown.
Oh! do not pass thy Life in Dreams,
To be surpriz'd by Death:
And drop unthinking down to Flames,
When I resign my Breath.
No: every day thy Course review,
Thy real State to learn:
And with an ardent Zeal pursue
Thy Great and Chief concern.
Rouze all the man: thy Work is great,
And all the man demands;
* I’m reformatting this pamphlet for easier reading. Also a scan, and a format that follow the original pamphlet is online.