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Whitefield’s preaching was the cause of the eighteenth century revival, not Wesley’s

March 17, 2014 2 comments

“One of the strangest, and most persistent inaccuracies in British secular and religious history is that which describes John Wesley as the true author of the Eighteenth Century Evangelical Revival,” continues Mr. MacQueen, “whereas anything of permanent value in the Evangelical Movement must be attributed, as God’s honoured instrument, to the Rev. George Whitefield, outstandingly. The contrary view could never find favour with any honest, impartial, serious student of history. It is, however, conventional today among English and British Dominion Evangelicals generally to give the whole credit for that revival to Rev. John Wesley, and his brother Charles, while Mr. Whitefield is only occasionally—and these occasions very rare— mentioned incidentally. It is a popular error, that needs to be corrected, that the evangelicals were more or less indebted to the teaching and influence of the Wesley brothers. They were certainly not the leaders of the Evangelical Revival.

“The Rev. Dr. Ryle, of Liverpool, in his book entitled ‘Christian Leaders in the Eighteenth Century,’ declares regarding George Whitefield: ‘I place him first in order of merit, without any hesitation, of all the spiritual heroes of that dark period’ (p. 31) and describes him as ‘the chief and first among the English Reformers of the Eighteenth Century’ (p. 44).” (Extracts from ‘The Eighteenth Century Evangelical Revival’ by the Rev. J.P. MacOueen. Free Presbyterian Magazine, Vol. LV. pp. 99-102).

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The Romanist Oxford Tractarian Movement was the result of Wesley’s Arminianism

March 10, 2014 2 comments

“It is, of the very essence of historical falsehood,” writes Mr. MacQueen, “to declare that the Romanist Oxford Tractarian Movement was the heir of the Evangelical Revival, whereas it was the logical development from the false teaching of the Arminian Methodist John Wesley.” “Dr. J.H. Rigg says concerning John Wesley: ‘The resemblance of his practices to those of modern High Anglicans is, in most points, exceedingly striking… He inculcated fasting and confession and weekly communion; he refused the Lord’s Supper to all who had not been baptized by a minister episcopally ordained; he re-baptized the children of Dissenters; and he refused to bury all who had not received Episcopal baptism’ (‘Churchmanship of John Wesley’ pp. 28-29). The present writer is amazed at Evangelical Calvinists who say that while John Wesley was undoubtedly Arminian in his views, his brother Charles was Calvinistic. After a careful perusal of their lives and the views of both of them, I am thoroughly persuaded that they were both Arminian to the core, Charles’ hymns notwithstanding. Their false undermining Arminian teaching and influence weakened the Protestant witness against Popery in England and throughout the British Dominions, while Scotland itself was by no means exempt, and this evil free-willism, as a result, continues rife and rampant in professedly evangelical circles in England and Scotland, and the whole English-speaking world, to this day. While thus, the eighteenth Century Revival saved England from the ‘withering blight of Atheism, masquerading under the euphemistic name of Deism,’ it is a great mistake to confound Evangelicalism with Wesleyanism, or to imagine that Wesley and Whitefield both belonged to one Movement and preached the same Gospel. On the contrary, their teaching was diametrically opposed, free grace being Scriptural, while free-will is the illegitimate product of the carnal mind. Whitefield was… Calvinistic… while Wesley, and his associates, were Arminian, semi-Pelagian and Sacramentalist.

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The Richest of God’s Grace, Makes us more than Conquerors

The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.

George Whitefield


Concerning True Doctrine

It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God.

George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Concerning Works

Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!

George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Concerning Growing in Grace

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Let a man go to the grammar school of faith and repentance before he goes to the University of Election and Predestination.
George Whitefield (1714-1770)

Concerning Fellowship in Christ

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment

If I see a man who loves the Lord Jesus in sincerity, I am not very solicitous to what communion he belongs. The Kingdom of God, I think, does not consist in any such thing.

George Whitefield (1714-1770)