By John Charles (J. C.) Ryle
“A comic strip of the lifestyles and Labors of George Whitefield,” through J. C. Ryle, offers 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 grew to become might be the best-known preacher in Britain and the United States within the 18th century, and, simply because he traveled via all the American colonies and drew nice crowds and media assurance, he used to be probably the most well known public figures in colonial the United States. The Anglican Church didn't assign him a pulpit, so he all started preaching in parks and fields in England on his personal, attaining out to those who mostly didn't attend church. Like Jonathan Edwards, he constructed a method of preaching that elicited emotional responses from his audiences. yet Whitefield had air of secrecy, and his voice (which based on many debts, may be heard over immense distances), his small stature, or even his cross-eyed visual appeal (which a few humans took as a mark of divine prefer) all served to assist make him one of many first celebrities within the American colonies. due to frequent dissemination of print media, probably half all colonists finally heard approximately, examine, or learn whatever written through Whitefield. He hired print systematically, sending improve 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 accrued 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 was once significantly inspired with Whitefield's skill to convey a message to this type of huge workforce. it really is anticipated that all through his existence, Whitefield preached greater than 18,000 formal sermons, of which seventy-eight were released.
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You will, I hope, understand me, when I say, that the materials for forming an opinion on this point in a history like his, must necessarily be scanty. He founded no denomination among whom his name was embalmed, and his every act recorded, as did John Wesley. He headed no mighty movement against a Church which openly professed false doctrines, as Luther did against Rome. He wrote no books which were to be the religious classics of the million, like John Bunyan. He was a simple, guileless man, who lived for one thing only, and that was to preach Christ.
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.
I have not exaggerated his good qualities, so far as I am aware. It only remains for me to point out to you two great practical lessons which the subject appears to me to teach. Learn then, I beseech you, for one lesson, the amazing power that one single man possesses, when he is determined to work for God, and has got truth on his side. Here is a man who starts in life with everything, to all appearance, against him. He has neither family, nor place, nor money, nor high connections on his side.