Puritan Belief

The Puritans are the men of God who started in the 16th century building on the purity of the gospel message that Salvation is by Grace alone.

George Whitefields Passion

John Wesley
George Whitefield had been accused openly and in public by his familiar friend Wesley who denounced Calvinism. One time a friend who also felt betrayed by Wesley asked this:

"George, Will we see Mr Wesley in Heaven?"
Whitefield pondered the question and then answered Solemnly.
"No"
"Mr Wesley will be so far up the front praising Jesus that we will be unable to see him."

When reading through Whitefield and Wesley's friendship you can not help be amazed at the grace and time Whitefield gave to his close friend Wesley through letters.

Everyone knows the name Wesley as there are Wesley hospitals, Wesley colleges and Wesley churches.

Whitefield preached across the world to far more people then Wesley opening orphanages and schools but his name is scarcely remembered. Whitefield said of his name "Let the name of Whitefield die so that the cause of Christ may live."

Close Encounters With Death
In 1744 George Whitefield almost became a martyr. A man yielding a gold-headed cane came at him with ferocious swearing and force beating him to the ground until he lay unconscious.

On another occasion at age 42 in Dublin Ireland where he was preaching to a large crowd, Dirt and stones were thrown at him and a mob gathered to take his life and even those with him fled and he was left to travel a half mile alone while rioters threw stones at him from all directions leaving him covered with blood. "I received many blows and wounds; one was particularly large near my temples."

Last Sermon
In his later years he prayed "Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for thee once more in the fields, seal thy truth, and come home and die."

He then gave his last Sermon titled: Faith and Works barely able to stand at first but he preached for 2 hours to a crowd that no building then could contain.

His last words were "I'm dying" before the Lord himself received Him and would say "You Live"

He was buried as he requested under the pulpit of the Old South First Presbyterian Church. Thousands attended his funeral. (1770: only 55 years old)

Further Reading:
George Whitefield Early Years
George Whitefield Biography
George Whitefield's Letter to John Wesley
Wesley's Sermon against Predestination and in essence Whitefield

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George Whitefields Passion
Posted by Correy Edmed Wednesday, January 11, 2006

6 Comments:

Blogger Doug E. said...

Very good! Love the story between Whitefield and Wesly.

Doug

January 12, 2006 10:40 AM   Edit
Blogger Modern Day Magi said...

What an amazing heart for the lost!!!
if only more men and women today could honestly pray...
"Lord Jesus, I am weary in thy work, but not of thy work. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for thee once more in the fields, seal thy truth, and come home and die."
WOW!

January 12, 2006 12:53 PM   Edit
Anonymous Daniel said...

You got your story about Whitefield and Wesley mixed up. It's the other way around. Welsey made that statement about Whitefield. Check out this link. It's a biography on Wesley.

http://wesley.nnu.edu/john_wesley/methodist/ch11.htm

January 12, 2006 2:39 PM   Edit
Anonymous Puritan Belief said...

Well here are a few resources which say otherwise.

Google Whitefield said it 319 resources
Google Wesley Said it 26 resources

Looks to me like more sources say it was Whitefield who said this then Wesley and also it was a friend of mine who told me this as he got it from a printed book which is why I quoted it from memory rather then word for word. As I wasn't there I don't know for certain if either men said this but I must say that in my judgement it sounds like Whitefield as he was a very gracious man. Your Wesley article did not talk of the Whitefield history teaches me.

January 12, 2006 2:40 PM   Edit
Blogger Adam Cummings said...

Awesome stuff... I'll be sure and link to your blog as soon as I can. George Whitefield is one of those guys you don't hear enough about today. Thanks for the short historical survey, and I'll be checking back to read more of your posts. See you around the blogosphere.

January 13, 2006 2:35 AM   Edit
Blogger Truth and Zeal said...

"Mr Wesley will be so far up the front praising Jesus that we will be unable to see him."

This also goes to show the humility that Whitefield displayed. Although we may disagree greatly with Wesley, Whitefield knew that Wesley was a man who knew God (1 John 2:13a). Great post. Thank you for your survey on the puritans, as they are very resourceful.

Dan (T&Z)

January 27, 2006 6:07 PM   Edit

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