Character in Real Life - One-Minute Testimonials
TOLERANCE –A One-Minute Testimonial Announcement
Faith Committee, Character Council of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Contributed from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE
James Haldane, when a young man, commanded the man-of-war, the Melville Castle. In a fierce battle with an enemy ship, he ordered new men on deck to take the place of those who had been killed or wounded. The men, seeing the mangled bloody bodies of their comrades, fell back in horror. Captain Haldane began to swear frightfully and wished them all in hell.
At the close of the fight a Christian soldier stepped up and said respectfully to the young captain, “Sir, if God had answered your prayer just now where should we have been? “ This faithful word of rebuke went home to the conscience of Haldane. It led to his sound conversion. He abandoned his career in the Navy and became a preacher of the Gospel and labored for fifty-four years.
But this was not all: James led his brother Robert to Christ who also became a preacher and an able commentator of the Bible. Nor was this all. Robert Haldane was the means of the conversion of Felix Neff a philanthropic Swiss preacher and leader of Protestantism. What if that Christian soldier had remained silent instead of rebuking Captain Haldane?
—Triumphs of Faith
[Reproduced with permission from Encyclopedia of 15,000 Illustrations, by Paul Lee Tan, Communications, Inc., Dallas, TX, 1998, #10090]
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