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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
52           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
to the cause of Christ, when they were not per-
secuted at all on any account, except probably on
account of some wrong act of their own. Paul
and the apostles were persecuted, and early
Christians were persecuted, but who ever heard
of a citizen of the United States being per-
secuted because he was a follower of Jesus!
But slaves in the South were persecuted and
punished severely for preaching the gospel of
Christ, not on that very account probably, but
because it would teach the slaves obedience to a
higher power than the inhuman laws of the
southern states as they then existed. Paul was
persecuted for preaching the redemption of
mankind through the blood of the Savior, by
pagans and gentiles. I was persecuted for the
same reasons by the slave-owners of the South,
and for endeavoring to lead the benighted blacks
to Jesus. There seems to be some likeness in
the positions of Paul and myself. I felt that
was the case, at any rate.
  My mind was distressed with the fear that I
was being sent to Memphis only to be sold to
the highest bidder. After addressing the throne
of God for help and deliverance I felt relieved,
and determined that, come what would, I would
use my best talents and exertions for my heaven-
ly Master wherever I might be. Relieved, I set




			
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