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A Sketch of the Life and Labors of George Whitefield by John Charles (J. C.) Ryle

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By John Charles (J. C.) Ryle

“A cartoon of the lifestyles and Labors of George Whitefield,” by means of J. C. Ryle, presents a comic strip of Whitefield’s instances, existence, faith, preaching, and paintings. Whitefield used to be an English Anglican priest who helped unfold the nice 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 all the American colonies and drew nice crowds and media insurance, he used to be some of the most widely known public figures in colonial the United States. The Anglican Church didn't assign him a pulpit, so he started preaching in parks and fields in England on his personal, achieving out to those that as a rule 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 keeping with many debts, can 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 want) 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 whatever written by means of Whitefield. He hired print systematically, sending increase males to place up broadsides and distribute handbills saying his sermons. He additionally prepared to have his sermons released. He first took to preaching within the outdoors on Hanham Mount, Kingswood, in southeast Bristol the place a crowd of 20,000 humans accumulated to listen to him. Even greater crowds—Whitefield predicted 30,000—met him in Cambuslang in 1742. Benjamin Franklin attended a revival assembly in Philadelphia and used to be significantly inspired with Whitefield's skill to carry a message to the sort of huge crew. it really is envisioned that all through his lifestyles, Whitefield preached greater than 18,000 formal sermons, of which seventy-eight were released.

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Paul. Again, there are other people who count schism a far greater crime than either heresy or false doctrine. There is a generation of men who under no circumstances will worship God out of their own parish: and as to separation from the Church, they seem to think that nothing whatever can justify it. I do not, of course, expect such men to admire Whitefield or his work. His principle evidently was, that it was far better for men to be uncanonically saved than canonically damned. Whether by any other line of action Whitefield could have remained in the Church, and retained his usefulness, is a question which, at this distance of time, we are very incompetent to answer.

That his life was not shortened by violence, is no less wonderful. Once he was nearly stoned to death by a Popish mob in Dublin. Once he was nearly murdered in bed by an angry lieutenant of the navy at Plymouth. Once he narrowly escaped being stabbed by the sword of a rakish young gentleman in Moorfields; but he was immortal till his work was done. He died at last at Newburyport, in North America, from a fit of asthma, at the age of fifty-six. His last sermon was preached only twenty-four hours before his death.

They had place and power on their side, but they scarcely deserve to be called churchmen at all. Perhaps no better test of Whitefield's religious opinions can be supplied, than the list of authors in divinity which he wrote out for the use of a college connected with his Orphan House in Georgia. Of churchmen, this List includes the names of Archbishop Leighton, Bishop Hall, and Burkitt; of Puritans, Pool, Owen, and Bunyan; of Dissenters, Matthew Henry and Doddridge; of Scotch Presbyterians, Wilson and Boston.

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