Andrew Murray (minister)

Andrew Murray ( born May 9, 1828 in Graaff -Reinet, South Africa, † January 18, 1917 in Wellington, near Cape Town ) was a Reformed pastor of Scottish descent in South Africa, which was, inter alia, by a brisk literary activity known.



Andrew Murray studied at the University of Aberdeen and graduated from there in 1845 with a master's degree. He then continued his studies at the University of Utrecht. In 1848 he experienced a religious conversion in the sense of revivalism and returned in the same year returned to South Africa after he had been ordained in The Hague on May 9 to the Reformed pastor.

Orange and the Transvaal

Sir Harry Smith, the Governor of Cape Town, Murray sent to the area of the Orange River, where he had to take care of the four parishes Bloemfontein, Rietpoort, Rietrivier and Winburg. 1849 to 1852 he undertook numerous evangelistic campaigns. In 1850 he was appointed to the Transvaal, and in 1856 he played a crucial role in the founding of the Grey College in Bloemfontein. There he was appointed the first rector and to the house of the father dormitory. On July 2, 1856 he married in Cape Town Emma Rutherford, who bore him eight children. In 1860 he became pastor in Worcester, where he wrote his first books.

Cape Town and Wellington

In 1862, Murray Moderator of the South African Synod in 1864 a pastor in Cape Town; from 1871 until his retirement in 1906 he was finally pastor in Wellington, where he founded the Institute for the Training of missionaries and the Huguenot Seminary for girls.

1898 Murray was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Aberdeen and in 1907 later to become the University of Cape Town.

Contacts to the Holiness movement

Murray was a man of holiness, represented the teachings and practiced their practice from. He was also a popular speaker at conferences of the Holiness movement, such as in Keswick ( Keswick Movement). He was strongly influenced by the revivalist 1875 Dawn of Oxford in 1874, and Brighton, inter alia, by DL Moody, and represented the then usual teaching about the healing of the sick or sanctification.

He held inter alia in touch with the leaders of the Holiness movement, such as Otto Stockmayer and Anna von Wattenwyl, a contemporary of Franz Eugen Schlachter. He also had a great influence on Jessie Penn - Lewis. His wife shared his beliefs. Concerning baptism, he represented the Reformed view.

Works (selection)

  • The True Vine
  • Abide in Christ
  • Absolute Surrender ( German: dedication, reputation of the believer )
  • The Prayer Life ( German: The Mystery of common prayer )
  • The Lord 's Table ( German: Come on, it's all ready )
  • How to Raise Your Children for Christ
  • With Christ in the School of Prayer ( German: The High Priest Jesus Christ)
  • Be Perfect
  • Humility ( German: humility, jewel of the Saints)
  • Divine Healing
  • The blood of Jesus Christ
  • The School of Obedience ( German: school of obedience )
  • Jesus heals the sick or cure according to the word of God
  • The Full Blessing Of Pentecost ( German: The fulness of the blessing of Pentecost )