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The Faith of Dwight L. Moody


Dwight Lyman Moody lived toward the end of the 19th century. He was an American evangelist and publisher who founded the Moody Church, Northfield School and Mount Hermon School in Massachusetts (now the Northfield Mount Hermon School), the Moody Bible Institute and Moody Publishers, all of which are still in operation today. He was a major player in the early development of the YMCA, and he preached to hundreds of thousands of people on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. He also gave us the four-colored version of what we know as “The Wordless Book” today.


Henry Varley, a very intimate friend of Dwight L. Moody in the earlier days of his work, loved to tell how he once said to him: “It remains to be seen what God will do with a man who gives himself up wholly to Him.” When Mr. Varley said that, Mr. Moody said to himself, “Well, I will be that man.” When we look at the life and ministry of Mr. Moody there is no doubt about what God will do with a man (or a woman) who gives himself (or herself) wholly to Him.


Mr. Moody once said to his friend and co-laborer R.A. Torrey, “If I believed God wanted me to jump out of that window, I would do so.” Anyone who knew him believed that was an absolutely true statement.