By John Charles (J. C.) Ryle
“A caricature of the lifestyles and Labors of George Whitefield,” through J. C. Ryle, presents a cartoon of Whitefield’s instances, 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 probably 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 insurance, he was once some of the most well known public figures in colonial the US. 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 quite often 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 mystery, and his voice (which in keeping with many debts, should be heard over massive 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 common dissemination of print media, maybe half all colonists finally heard approximately, examine, or learn whatever written by way of 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 outdoor 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 vastly inspired with Whitefield's skill to bring a message to this kind of huge staff. it truly is envisioned that all through his existence, Whitefield preached greater than 18,000 formal sermons, of which seventy-eight were released.
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And yet this man stands his ground. He arrests public attention. He gathers crowds around him who receive his teaching. He is made a blessing to tens of thousands. He turns the world upside down. How striking these facts are! Here is your encouragement, if you stand alone. You have no reason to be cast down and faint-hearted. You are not weak, though few, if God is with you. There is nothing too great to be done by a little company, if only they have Christ on their side. Away with the idea that numbers alone have power!
He did not lay aside justification by faith, and the need of grace, for semi-heathen disquisitions about morality and duty, virtue and vice. And he was quite right. Laud and his followers went infinitely beyond the doctrines of our Church. Tillotson and his school fell infinitely below. And as for Whitefield's adversaries, they were little better than shams and impostors. 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.
The congregation started. The old man woke up at once. " cried Whitefield, fixing his eyes on him, "I have waked you up, have I? I meant to do it. " The hearers were stripped of their apathy at once. Every word of the sermon was attended to. And the American gentleman never forgot it. Another striking feature in Whitefield's preaching was his singular power of description. " If ever there was a speaker who succeeded in doing this, it was Whitefield. He drew such vivid pictures of the things he was dwelling upon, that his hearers could believe they actually saw them all with their own eyes, and heard them with their own ears.