Posts Tagged George Whitefield

The Evangelical Revival or the Great Awakening

Bible Reading: Romans 10:13-14.      In the eighteenth century, an Evangelical Awakening swept through the western world ushered in through the medium of restored preaching. Never since the Reformation had earnest men taken to the highways and by-ways and preached to the multitudes with such power. Hundreds of thousands who had never cared for religion, found themselves drawn to it through the spoken Word.     Stop: you might say. The Church is not a preaching factory. Preaching is of use in its right place but church worship, the communion of the saints and pastoral care are essentialities of church fellowship. We understand this and this conference and our Society do not neglect to teach about the inner fellowship shared by the… Full Article

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Annual Conference of the Protestant Reformation Society – 18th Century Awakening

Dear Brethren and Friends,   May I attract your attention to the Annual Conference of the Protestant Reformation Society to be held at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford from August 26th to 28th this year? Our subject is the 18th Century Awakening which was a period ablaze with the revival of true religion throughout Britain and the European Continent, besides especially North American. After the reaction against Reformed principles in the so-called Century of Crisis leading up to this period, the Good News flourished once more and we remember the heroes of this Great Awakening with the same admiration as we show the fathers of the Reformation. May God grant us more of their kind in the years to come!   George M…. Full Article

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John Collet Ryland (1723-1792) and the Restructuring of Baptist History

     A number of modern writers who preach common-grace and duty-faith as redemptive means in evangelisation, view John Collet Ryland as a Hyper-Calvinist. Such a person, a recent BOT article tells us, does not appeal to sinners, “directly encouraging them to trust him (Christ), and appealing to them to do so now.” Obviously, given such criteria, Ryland’s critics know nothing of his extensive gospel ministry or are deliberately introducing a new conception of what ‘directly encouraging sinners’ means. Most of their ‘encouragement’ is found in their slogan ‘God’s provisions and man’s agency’ which stresses the need for man to use all his supposed natural abilities and duties to grasp out and take God’s provisions… Full Article

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The Development of German Pietism

Sir:      Gary E. Gilley’s ET essays on Pietism and subjective Christianity lack historical and theological objectivity. German Pietism was not rooted in Lutheranism but started in the 1660s in Reformed and formerly Reformed areas along the rivers Ems, Ruhr, Rhine and Lippe in Lower Germany; in Würtenberg and Alsace in Upper Germany and in Reformed Switzerland. The German church-based movement, pioneered by Theodor Undereyk, a Reformed pastor, was influenced by Swiss, Dutch, English, Scottish and North German Reformed teaching. Undereyk’s work spread from the Ruhr district into neighbouring countries, including Belgium whose persecuted Protestants were given asylum in Mülheim. This pietism was grounded in the… Full Article

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