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Billy Sunday, Part 2 – By Any Means Whatever

Billy-Sunday-1by Tom Nettles

(Here’s part 1.)

Billy Sunday obviously had read Charles Finney, considered him one of the great and courageous men of the Christian church, and expressed as his own conviction a paraphrase of Finney’s view of revival. To the query, “What is a revival?” Sunday would respond, “Revival is a purely philosophical, common-sense result of the wise use of divinely appointed means, just the same as water will put out a fire; the same as food will appease your hunger; just the same as water will slake your thirst; it is a philosophical common-sense use of divinely appointed means to accomplish that end. A revival is just as much horse sense as that.”

A revival may be expected when Christian people confess and ask forgiveness for their sins and “are willing that God shall promote and use whatever means or instruments or individuals or methods he is pleased to use to promote them.” And, though criticized soundly in some quarters, Billy Sunday knew how to promote them. How “divinely appointed” some of the “whatever means” Sunday proposed presents one of the wrenching questions in Sunday’s career and the history of revivalism. Crowds soon were so large on the “kerosene circuit”




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