Wednesday Testimony – John Newton

Sunday I posted a hymn by John Newton (1725-1807), and realized that I hadn’t written about his testimony yet. Most know Amazing Grace, but how many of us know the tremendous weight behind the words? When you hear the story you’ll never sing the song lightly again.

John Newtons mother was a Puritan, who taught him scriptures, until she died when he was 7. His father, who was a sea captain, remarried and Newton fell into bad company. His Christian learning stopped, and if not by the grace of God, it all would have been lossed.


His life was plagued by near death experiences, each one leading him to attempt a life of piety only to lapse into more wickedness than before. He eventually became a slave trader, professing there was nothing after life, no God, no eternity. 

His last close call with death came during a storm at sea, when he was heading up to the top deck and someone called down for him to go find a knife. He did, but the man who went up in his place was immediately swept out to sea. The storm raged on, the ship was tossed too and fro for four weeks. Newton entered that ship a lost, blind, wretch. He left it a new creation in Jesus Christ!


From slave trader to preacher…John Newton was saved by the grace of God, through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Newton’s testimony is prescious to those of us with lost loved ones who seem too far gone to turn. Those who have been forgiven much, love much. I pray the Lord will encourage you all today, dear brethren, with the story and song Amazing Grace! As always, be good Berean’s and study to show yourselves approved.

Author: lnhereford

I am a Christian, wife, mother, podcaster and homeschooler currently traveling the United States with my loving husband and darling daughter!

7 thoughts on “Wednesday Testimony – John Newton”

  1. Thanks, sister! Newton’s testimony inspires me to praise the Lord. He can save a slave trader like Newton and an even worst scoundrel like myself! I always choke up at the first few stanzas of “Amazing Grace.” One of my favorite rock bands of many years ago – the Byrds – recorded several hymns and Gospel songs even though they were all unbelievers. I’m sure the Holy Spirit used those songs to eventually convict band leader, Roger McGuinn, to accept Christ. Here’s the Byrds struggling through “Amazing Grace” in concert in 1971. McGuinn accepted Christ 6 years later.

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      1. Another member did profess Christ at one point, but later turned his back on the “born agains” and joined his wife’s Greek Orthodox church. I’m not saying a person couldn’t be saved within sacramental/liturgical institutions, but what they teach isn’t the Gospel.

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      2. It is sad to see anyone hear the Gospel and end up in a legalistic system…like Christian deciding he’d rather just keep the heavy burden. I think, for some, maybe it’s too simple to lay it at the cross?

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      3. Yes, you’re right. The Lord’s salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone is offensive to unbelievers. Religious legalism “makes sense” to the natural man. This member of the Byrds who professed Christ but then was drawn into legalism is symbolic of the many who attend evangelical churches or respond to a Gospel invitation but who are still blind to the Gospel of grace.

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