It is a matter of sad regret that, in a land of light and under plenty of the means of knowledge, there should be so much woeful ignorance of God. Alas, many are grossly ignorant, ignorant of what is most necessary to be known concerning God. And many members of the church who, in respect of the means they have enjoyed, might have been teachers of others, have need that one teach them again which be the first principles of the oracles of God (Hebrews 5.12). Yea, serious Christians know but little of God – little in comparison to what they ought to know, little in comparison to what they might have known, and little in comparison to what others have attained unto who had not such means and helps to the knowledge of God as they have. Therefore, I am, from this text, to discourse to you of the necessity and excellency of the knowledge of God that, hereby, you may be quickened to the serious study thereof. – William Wisheart (sometimes also spelled “Wishart”) (1660-June 11, 1729), from a sermon on Jeremiah 24.7.
William Wisheart was a minister in Edinburgh, Scotland. He also served as President of the University of Edinburgh.