“A man must dig up the thorns and thistles, he must earn his bread in the sweat of his face, or he must die. Physical wants, hunger and thirst, set men to work physically, and keep them at it; and thus they well understand what it is to have a weary body, aching muscles, and a tired physical nature. …He well knows now much strain and effort it costs to cut down forests, open roads, and reduce the wilderness to a fertile field; but he does not know how much toil and effort are involved, in the attempt to convert the human soul into the garden of the Lord” (W.G.T. Shedd, Sermons to the Natural Man).
Shedd ALSO does NOT know the PARTICULAR gracious power of the Lord in converting the human soul. For a few protruding instances of this Sheddian ignorance, see Marc D. Carpenter’s article “Common Grace?”