New PDF release: A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield

By John Charles (J. C.) Ryle

“A caricature of the existence and Labors of George Whitefield,” through J. C. Ryle, presents a comic strip of Whitefield’s occasions, lifestyles, faith, preaching, and paintings. Whitefield was once an English Anglican priest who helped unfold the good Awakening in Britain, and particularly within the British North American colonies. He turned possibly the best-known preacher in Britain and the USA within the 18th century, and, simply because he traveled via the entire American colonies and drew nice crowds and media insurance, he was once probably the most widely known public figures in colonial the USA. The Anglican Church didn't assign him a pulpit, so he begun preaching in parks and fields in England on his personal, achieving out to those that ordinarily didn't attend church. Like Jonathan Edwards, he built a method of preaching that elicited emotional responses from his audiences. yet Whitefield had air of mystery, and his voice (which in response to many debts, should be heard over big distances), his small stature, or even his cross-eyed visual appeal (which a few humans took as a mark of divine desire) all served to assist make him one of many first celebrities within the American colonies. due to common dissemination of print media, might be half all colonists ultimately heard approximately, examine, or learn anything written by way of Whitefield. He hired print systematically, sending enhance males to place up broadsides and distribute handbills asserting his sermons. He additionally prepared to have his sermons released. He first took to preaching within the outside on Hanham Mount, Kingswood, in southeast Bristol the place a crowd of 20,000 humans accumulated to listen to him. Even greater crowds—Whitefield expected 30,000—met him in Cambuslang in 1742. Benjamin Franklin attended a revival assembly in Philadelphia and used to be vastly inspired with Whitefield's skill to bring a message to any such huge workforce. it's envisioned that all through his lifestyles, Whitefield preached greater than 18,000 formal sermons, of which seventy-eight were released.

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What were the standards of faith to which he adhered under the Bible? What were the peculiar essentials of this religious teaching of his, which was so universally spoken against in his day? The answer to all these questions is short and simple. Whitefield was a real, genuine son of the Church of England. As such he was brought up in early youth. As such he was educated at Oxford. As such he preached as long as he was allowed to preach within the Establishment. As such he preached when he was outside.

They were the men who were the true champions of Christianity. Infidels are seldom shaken by mere abstract reasoning. The surest arguments against them are gospel truth and gospel life. To crown all, Whitefield was the very first who seems thoroughly to have understood what Chalmers has called the aggressive system. He did not wait for souls to come to him, but he went after souls. He did not sit tamely by his fireside, mourning over the wickedness of the land. He went forth to beard the Devil in his high places.

The little money he left behind him at his death was entirely from the legacies of friends. He was a man of remarkable disinterestedness and singleness of eye. He seemed to live for only two objects—the glory of God, and the salvation of immortal souls. He raised no party of followers who took his name. He established no system, like Wesley, of which his own writings should be cardinal elements. " Last, but not least, he was a man of extraordinary catholicity and liberality in his religion. He knew nothing of that narrow-minded policy which prompts a man to fancy that everything must be barren outside his own camp, and that his party has got a monopoly of truth and heaven.

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