by John Greenwood and published
July 1st 1769AD
after Nathaniel Hone R.A.
Rev. George Whitefield
was an outstanding evangelical preacher of the 18th century and the Lord
used him to preach the Gospel to great effect both in Britain and America.
He was converted in 1735AD aged 20. These are his words on that
“After having undergone innumerable buffetings of Satan, and many months’
inexpressible trials by night and day under the spirit of bondage, God was
pleased at length to remove the heavy load, to enable me to lay hold on His
dear Son by a living faith, and, by giving me the Spirit of adoption, to
seal me, as I humbly hope, even to the day of everlasting redemption. But
oh! with what joy—joy unspeakable—even joy that was full of, and big with
glory, was my soul filled, when the weight of sin went off, and an abiding
sense of the pardoning love of God, and a full assurance of faith broke in
upon my disconsolate soul! Surely it was the day of my espousals,—a day to
be had in everlasting remembrance. At first my joys were like a spring tide,
and, as it were, overflowed the banks. Go where I would, I could not avoid
singing of psalms almost aloud; afterwards it became more settled—and,
blessed be God, saving a few casual intervals, has abode and increased in my
soul ever since.”
J. C. Ryle wrote of
“The materials for forming a correct opinion about such a man as Whitefield
are necessarily very scanty. He wrote no book for the million, of world-wide
fame, like Bunyan's “Pilgrim's Progress.” He headed no crusade against an
apostate Church, with a nation at his back, and princes on his side, like
Martin Luther. He founded no religious denomination, which pinned its faith
on his writings and carefully embalmed his best acts and words, like John
Wesley. There are Lutherans and Wesleyans in the present day, but there are
no Whitefieldites. No! The great evangelist of last century was a simple,
guileless man, who lived for one thing only, and that was to preach Christ.
If he did that, he cared for nothing else. The records of such a man are
large and full in heaven I have no doubt, but they are few and scanty upon
The following quote is from the close of John Wesley's funeral oration at
Whitefield's Memorial Service on Sunday 18th November 1770.
“I may close this head with observing what an honour it pleased God to
put upon His faithful servant, by allowing him to declare His everlasting
Gospel in so many various countries, to such numbers of people, and with so
great an effect on so many of their precious souls. Have we read or heard of
any person since the apostles, who testified the Gospel of the grace of God,
through so widely extended a space, through so large a part of the habitable
world? Have we read or heard of any person, who called so many
thousands, so many myriads of sinners to repentance? Above all, have we read
or heard of any, who has been a blessed instrument in the hand of God, of
bringing so many sinners from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan
George Whitefield. (152k) from "Christian Leaders
. . ." by J. C. Ryle, 1878 edition.
George Whitefield from a painting by John Wollaston, about 1742AD
with a portrait of Mrs. Whitefield.
SERMONS (1772AD edition.)
The Benefits of an Early Piety.
The Potter and the Clay. (185k)
Blind Bartimeus. (122k)
The Righteousness of Christ, an Everlasting Righteousness.
The Observation of the Birth of Christ, the Duty of all
Christians; or the true Way of Keeping Christmas.
The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society.
Marks of a True Conversion. (150k)
The Temptation of Christ. (136k)
A Preservative Against
Unsettled Notions . . . (169k)
Christ the only Rest for the
Weary and Heavy-Laden. (110k)
Thankfulness for Mercies received, a necessary Duty.
Walking with God. (170k)
Saul's Conversion. (165k)
Christ the Support of the