Whitefield (1714-1770) was one of the greatest preachers of all time; he was
used by God to usher in the tremendous revivals which shook the very
foundations of 18th century British and American life. In 34 years Mr
Whitefield preached 18,000 sermons to over 10,000,000 people. Although
remaining within the structure of the (episcopalian)
Church of England all his life, he associated with all who knew and loved
the Lord Jesus Christ. A firm believer in the doctrines of grace and
predestination, and in the power of Christ to save all who come to Him,
Whitefield’s preaching was the means of conversion of thousands on both
sides of the Atlantic.
Mr. H –
Aug. 15, 1741.
very dear Brother,
It would make your heart leap
for joy, to be now in
Edinburgh. I question if there
be not upwards of 300 in this city seeking after Jesus. Every morning, I
have a constant levee of wounded souls, many of whom are quite slain by the
power attends the word continually, just as when I left
London. At seven in the
morning, we have a lecture in the fields, attended not only by the common
people, but persons of great rank. I have reason to think several of the
latter sort are coming to JESUS.
Little children also are much wrought upon. GOD
much blesses my letters from the little orphans. He loves to work by the
most contemptible means. O my dear brother, I am quite amazed, when I think
hath done here in a fortnight. My printed journals and sermons have been
blessed in an uncommon manner. I am only afraid lest people should idolize
the instrument, and not look enough to the glorious JESUS,
in whom alone I desire to glory. Congregations consist of many thousands.
Never did I see so many bibles, nor people look into them, when I am
expounding, with such attention. Plenty of tears flow from the hearers eyes.
Their concern appears various ways. I preach twice daily, and expound at
private houses at night, and am employed in speaking to souls under distress
great part of the day. I have just snatched a few moments to write to my
dear brother. O that GOD may
enlarge your heart to pray for me. This afternoon I shall preach out of
town, and also to-morrow. Next post, GOD
willing, you shall have another letter. I walk continually in the comforts
of the Holy Ghost. The love of CHRIST
quite strikes me dumb. O grace! grace! Let that be my song. Adieu. My dear
fellow-traveller joins with me in hearty love to you all. I must away.
yours in CHRIST,
348, "George Whitefield's Letters", Banner of Truth Trust, 1976,
pp 315, 316.