William Carey (1761–1834): A sample of the Gospel message from the great missionary to India


William Carey (1761–1834) was an English Particular Baptist missionary and minister, known to some as the “father of modern missions.” Carey was one of the founders of the Baptist Missionary Society. As a missionary in the Danish colony, Serampore, India, he translated the Bible into Bengali, Sanskrit, and numerous other languages and dialects. Here is a sample of Carey’s Gospel message:

[Carey and Bro. Brunsdon went to the villages about 3 or 4 miles from town and encountered an old Brahman. Carey had asked if anyone knew how sins could be pardoned. The people referred him to an old Brahman who was wise. He [the Brahman] replied that ‘profound meditation and acts of holiness would answer the purpose.’ Carey shared the Gospel. Here is a sample of the great missionary in action.]

“You and I, and all of us are sinners, and we are in a helpless state but I have good things to tell you. God in the riches of his mercy became incarnate, in the form of man. He lived more than thirty years on earth without sin and was employed in doing good. He gave sight to the blind, healed the sick, the lame, the deaf and the dumb – and after all died in the stead of sinners. We deserved the wrath of God, but he endured it. We could make no sufficient atonement for our guilt but he compleatly [sic] made an end of sin and now he has sent us to tell you that the work is done and to call you to faith in, and dependence on the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, leave your vain customs, and false gods, and lay hold of eternal life through him. After much discourse of this sort we presented him with a copy of Matthew’s Gospel and three more to three other persons. He promised to read and make himself well acquainted with its contents and then to converse more about it. It was now dark. I, therefore, prayed with them and we returned home.”

– William Carey (1761–1834), The Journal and Selected Letters of William Carey, p. 149