So he was much better satisfied, and nothing could persuade him but he would stay and endeavour to convert them; but Providence gave another very happy turn to all this.
The clergyman smiled upon me when I reported what answer they gave, but said nothing a good while; but at last, shaking his head, "We that are Christ's servants," says he, "can go no further than to exhort and instruct: and when men comply, submit to the reproof, and promise what we ask, 'tis all we can do; we are bound to accept their good words; but believe me, sir," said he, "whatever you may have known of the life of that man you call Will Atkin's, I believe he is the only sincere convert among them: I will not despair of the rest; but that man is apparently struck with the sense of his past life, and I doubt not, when he comes to talk of religion to his wife, he will talk himself effectually into it: for attempting to teach others is sometimes the best way of teaching ourselves.
-- It has been asked by the opponents of such views as I hold, how, for instance, a land carnivorous animal could have been converted
into one with aquatic habits; for how could the animal in its transitional state have subsisted?
Thus they will become converted
spies and available for our service.
"I would have conquered them first, and then converted
them," said Charley.
These exert a protecting sway over about thirty-five thousand Indian converts
, who reside on the lands around the mission houses.
The Tutao thus baked is called 'Amar'; the action of the oven having converted
it into an amber-coloured caky substance, a little tart, but not at all disagreeable to the taste.
You see, it was a Methodist revival father got converted
in, and so of course he joined the Methodist church.
We made no long stay in a place where they stopped their ears against the voice of God, but returned to the foot of that mountain which we had left some days before; we were surrounded, as soon as we began to preach, with a multitude of auditors, who came either in expectation of being instructed, or from a desire of gratifying their curiosity, and God bestowed such a blessing upon our apostolical labours that the whole village was converted
in a short time.
In his youth he had been a dissolute libertine, but was converted
by Mother Ann herself, and had partaken of the wild fanaticism of the early Shakers.
After a lapse of half a century, he is writing this paragraph with a pain that would induce him to cancel it, were it not still more painful to have it believed that one whom he regarded with a reverence that surpassed the love of a brother was converted
by him into the heroine of a work of fiction.
Or might it suffice him that every wholesome growth should be converted
into something deleterious and malignant at his touch?