Month: June 2020

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing by George Whitefield, 1739

The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing is an interesting and compelling sermon on both common profanity and the taking of the Lord’s Name in vain. It is based of MATTH. v. 34. “But I say unto you, Swear not at all.”

Whitefield divided this sermon into four sections.

  • First, BECAUSE there is no Temptation in Nature to this Sin, nor does the Commission of it afford the Offender the least Pleasure or Satisfaction.
  • Secondly, BECAUSE it is a Sin which may be so often repeated.
  • Thirdly, BECAUSE it hardens Infidels against the Christian Religion, and must give great Offence, and occasion much Sorrow and Concern to every true Disciple of JESUS CHRIST.
  • Fourthly, BECAUSE it is an Extremity of Sin which can only be matched in Hell.

The entire title of this pamphlet is, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing, A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Nicholas Cole-Abbey.” By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.

You may find it interesting that The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing, Swearing and Drunkeness.

“The General most earnestly requires, and expects, a due observance of those articles of war, established for the Government of the army, which forbid profane cursing, swearing and drunkeness; And in like manner requires and expects, of all Officers, and Soldiers, not engaged on actual duty, a punctual attendance on divine Service, to implore the blessings of heaven upon the means used for our safety and defence.” – George Washington, General Orders, Head Quarters, Cambridge, July 4, 1775; Fitzpatrick 3:309

This pamphlet is another fine example of a George Whitefield sermon/pamphlet that helped spur on our 1st Great Awakening. It is a 24-page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.  You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

In addition, I replicate another sermon/pamphlet with a similar subject matter. That sermon’s title is AN ADMONITION AGAINST Profane and Common SWEARING by Edmond Gibson from 1771. Purchase this one too for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here

 

 

 

Tim Platek’s Period Sermons to be on YouTube

Have you seen Tim Platek’s YouTube Channel? He started his channel this past April, 2020. Every Sunday, Tim delivers a sermon in his period attire and often from period locations in Virginia. His sermons range from about ten to twenty minutes in length.

Tim is getting ready to add period sermons that were preached by ministers in the 18th century to his channel. He is going to begin with George Whitefield’s sermons that I replicate. As you can see above and below, I have decided to provide him with both the original size pamphlets and a much larger one for him to be able to read from more easily.

The following link will take you to Tim’s YouTube Channel. I will let you know when he begins his period sermon series:  Watch Here

THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD 1774 Broadside

THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD

This is John Wesley’s 1774 playbill, THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD. This broadside measures about 17 1/2 inches wide by about 22 1/2 inches tall. I post these broadsides up on trees, boards, etc. at events. I print these on laid paper using a large format laser printer.   I sell these broadside for $24.95 in my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

Read much more about this interesting and unique broadside below:

The original Playbill was printed in London and now resides in the British Museum. This broadside was designed to be pasted up alongside the various theatre playbills in popular theater districts around London. Their intent was to “divert the minds of the dissipated and gay from the vain Amusements of the Theatre, and instead, to fix their attention to the awful Circumstances which shall usher in and succeed THE GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD.”

The first time that this playbill was used was June 4, 1774 in Richmond (up the Thames from London). It was created by Rev. John Wesley and the printers, E. Palmer & Son, London, England.   Similar playbills were printed and used in England and the United States for at least three decades (1774 – 1817). Records indicate that other editions were printed in 1774 in Baltimore, in Windsor, Vermont in 1789 and in New York in 1798. I own the only original of one that was printed in New York City between 1800 and 1817. I also make replicas of that one. I intend to give away a smaller version of my broadside that is from New York with every order of this 1774 broadside for those that ask, until I run out of them.  

Historic documents such as these broadsides allow us a glimpse into the morality and social conventions of the era which we try to recreate. These playbills will be great conversation starters displayed at your next event. Be sure to hang them up around the entertainment area at all your 18th century events. They will draw crowds and cause discussions.

Wesley wrote, “This is dear-bought gain. And so is whatever is procured by hurting our neighbour in his soul; by ministering, suppose, either directly or indirectly, to his unchastity, or intemperance, which certainly none can do, who has any fear of God, or any real desire of pleasing Him. It nearly concerns all those to consider this, who have anything to do with taverns, victualling-houses, opera-houses, play-houses, or any other places of public, fashionable diversion. If these profit the souls of men, you are clear; your employment is good, and your gain innocent; but if they are either sinful in themselves, or natural inlets to sin of various kinds, then, it is to be feared, you have a sad account to make. O beware, lest God say in that day, ‘These have perished in their iniquity, but their blood do I require at thy hands!’”

This playbill may be a little hard to read here, so I have included its transcription below. It is worth reading.

By command of the King of Kings, (a) and at the desire of all who love his appearing, (b) at the Theatre of the universe, (c) on the eve of time, (d) will be performed, The great assize, or day of judgment. (e) The Scenery, which is now actually preparing, will not only surpass every Thing that has yet been seen, but will infinitely exceed the utmost Stretch of human Conception (f). There will be a just Representation of all the Inhabitants of the World, in their various and proper Colours; and their Customs and Manners will be so exactly and so minutely delineated, that the most secret Thought will be discovered (g). For God shall bring every Work into Judgment, with every secret Thing, whether it be Good, or whether it be evil. Eccles. xii. This Theatre will be laid out after a new Plan, and will consist of Pit and Gallery only; and, contrary to all others, the Gallery is fitted up for the Reception of the People of high (or heavenly) Birth (h), and the Pit for those of low (or earthly) Rank (i). – N. B. The Gallery is very spacious (k), and the Pit without Bottom (l). To prevent Inconvenience, there are separate Doors for admitting the Company; and they are so different, that none can mistake that are not wilfully blind. The Door which opens into the Gallery is very narrow, and the Steps up to it are somewhat difficult; for which Reason there are seldom many People about it (m). But the Door that gives Entrance into the Pit is very wide, and very commodious; which causes such Numbers to flock to it, that it is generally crowded (n). – N. B. The strait Door leads towards the Right-Hand, and the broad one to the Left (o). It will be in vain for one in a tinsel’d Coat and borrowed Language to personate one of high Birth, in order to get Admittance into the upper Places (p); for there is One of wonderful and deep Penetration, who will search and examine every individual (q); and all who cannot pronounce Shibboleth (r) in the Language of Canaan (s), or has not received a white Stone and new Name (l), or cannot prove a clear Title to a certain Portion of the Land of Promise (u), must be turned in at the left Door (w). The Principal Performers Are described in 1 Thess. iv. 16. – 2 Thess. i. 7, 8, 9. – Matt. xxiv. 30, 31. – xxv. 31, 32. – Daniel vii, 9, 10. – Jude 14. 15. – Rev. xx. 12 to 15, &c. But as there are some People much better acquainted with the Contents of a Play-Bill than the Word of God, it may not be amiss to transcribe a Verse or two for their Perusal. “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from Heaven with his mighty Angels, in flaming Fire, taking Vengeance on them that obey not the Gospel, ” but “to be glorified in his Saints. A fiery Stream issued and came forth from before him: A thousand thousands ministred unto him, and ten thousand Times ten thousand stood before him: The Judgment was set, and the Books were opened; and whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the Lake of Fire.” Act First of this Grand and Solemn Piece Will be opened by an Arch-Angel, with the Trump of God (x). For the Trumpet shall sound, and the Dead shall be raised. 1 Cor. xv. 52. Act Second Will be a Procession of Saints in White (y), with Golden Harps, accompanied with Shouts of Joy, and Songs of Praise (z). Act Third Will be an Assemblage of all the Unregenerate (a). The Music will consist chiefly of Cries (b), accompanied with Weeping, Wailing, Mourning, Lamentation, and Woe (c). To conclude with an Oration by the Son of God. It is written in the 25th of Matthew, from the 34th Verse to the End of the Chapter; but for the Sake of those who seldom read the Scriptures, I shall here transcribe two Verses: “then shall the King say to them on his Right-Hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the Foundation of the World: Then shall he say also unto them on the Left-Hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting Fire, prepared for the Devil and his Angels.” After which the Curtain will drop, Then, O to tell! John v. 28, 29. – – Some raised on high, and others dom’d to Hell! Rev. v. 8, 9. – xiv. 3, 4. – – These praise the Lamb, and sing redeeming Love, Luke xvi. 22, 23. – – Lodg’d in his Bosom, all his Goodness prove:-xix. 14, 27. – – While those who trumpled under-foot his Grace Matt. xxv. 30. – 2 Thess. i. 9. – Are banish’d now for ever from his Face; Luke xvi. 26. – – Divided thus, a Gulph is fix’d between, Matt. xxv. 46. – – And (everlasting) closes up the Scene. Thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. Amos iv. 12. Tickets for the Pit, at the easy Purchase of following the vain Pomps and Vanities of the fashionable World, and the Desires and Amusements of the Flesh (d): To be had at every Flesh-Pleasing Assembly. If ye live after the Flesh ye shall die. Rom. viii. 13. Tickets for the Gallery at no less Rate than being converted (e), Forsaking all (f). Denying Self, taking up the Cross (g) and following Christ in the Regeneration (h): To be had no where but in the Word of God, and where that Word appoints. He that hath Ears to hear let him hear. And be not deceived: God is not mocked. For whatsoever a Man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Matt. xi. 15. – Gal. vi. 7. N. B. No Money will be taken at the Door (i), nor will any Tickets give Admittance into the Gallery, but those sealed by the Holy Ghost (k), with Immanuel’s Signet (l). Watch therefore; be ye also ready; for in such an Hour as ye think not, the Son of Man cometh. Matt. xxiv. 42, 44.

John Wesley Commemorative Stamps

 

I received a thoughtful gift from Tim Platek.

I want to share this present with you here on my blog.

Tim gave me this collection of five stamps that honor

John Wesley and different places where he preached.

These stamps originated in Guernsey, England in 1987.

Guernsey Post issued them. They have issued postage stamps in the Bailiwick of Guernsey since its creation in 1969 when the postal service was separated from the Royal Mail.

Guernsey is a British crown dependency and island, second largest of the Channel Islands. It is 30 miles (48 km) west of Normandy, France, and roughly triangular in shape. With Alderney, Sark, Herm, Jethou, and associated islets, it forms the Bailiwick of Guernsey.

I replicate and sell fourteen of Wesley’s sermons/pamphlets for $9.95 each in my online Etsy Store at the link below:

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George Whitefield’s 1st Sermon

 

 

THE NECESSITY and BENEFITS OF SOCIETY in general AND OF Religious Society in particular. A SERMON preached in the Parish Church of St. Nicholas in Bristol, and before the Religious Societies, at one of their General Quarterly-Meetings in Bow-Church, London, in the Year 1737. By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. Price bound 3s. 6d.

I sat down to write a review of this pamphlet and Holy Spirit led me to an article by Thomas S. Kidd from January 12, 2017, “What Preachers Can Learn from George Whitefield’s First Sermon”.  I read it, stopped, and thought, why should I try to improve on Kidd’s article which is actually a wonderful description of this pamphlet.  Read his article from the online page Preaching & Theology below:

“Untold millions in America today believe that moral living and occasional church attendance will please God at the last day. But from the very beginning of his public ministry—in fact, from his first-ever sermon—George Whitefield made it clear how deceptive this mindset can be. Whitefield, the most influential evangelist of the eighteenth century, believed and taught that godly fellowship offers indispensable aid in avoiding the snares that hold us back from enjoying a God-honoring, holy life. Whitefield was convinced that all Christians desperately need vital, continuous fellowship with other believers.

Whitefield often preached to massive crowds, and report after report revealed that these crowds were often overcome with pangs of conviction or the heights of joy. His first public sermon proved no exception. Delivered on June 27, 1736, in his hometown of Gloucester, England, Whitefield believed the Holy Spirit enabled him to speak with “gospel authority” that day as many people in the audience were “struck” by his remarkable oratory. In fact, some worried Whitefield’s sermon had driven fifteen congregants “mad.” Whitefield himself was elated with the sermon and its effect: “Glory! Glory! Glory!” he wrote upon reflection.

WHITEFIELD’S TOPIC

Given the dramatic effects of the sermon, we might be surprised to learn its title and topic: “The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society.” Although many of Whitefield’s greatest orations would focus on the need for the new birth of salvation, this one called fellow Church of England parishioners beyond obligatory adherence to vital community in the church. To Whitefield, a life of joyful fellowship was one of the clearest marks of a true believer. This might surprise some, as his itinerant ministry maintained a laser focus on individuals and their need for conversion. As a result, Whitefield has developed a reputation for fostering the evangelical problem of hyper-individualism. Perhaps that was an unintended effect of Whitefield’s work, since he never permanently attached himself to a particular congregation. But from the start, Whitefield emphasized that the biblical Christian life was never a solitary pursuit, but something that must be practiced in the community of the redeemed.

Whitefield’s inaugural sermon drew on lessons he learned from John and Charles Wesley in the Methodist society at the University of Oxford. The Methodist movement criticized the nominal spirit that had infected the eighteenth-century Church of England. In earlier centuries, the Puritans had similarly called on Anglicans to a higher level of devotion, to something more than just going to church for weddings and funerals, Christmases and Easters. The Methodists followed suit, and set out a rigorous system of devotion, prayer, and accountability to one’s brothers and sisters. They offered a blueprint that guided Whitefield in what it meant to be a real Christian.

WHITEFIELD’S TEXT

Whitefield’s text was Ecclesiastes 4:9–12: “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken” (KJV). In Whitefield’s parish-based Anglican society, the problem wasn’t that people weren’t part of a “church.” Most English people were affiliated at birth with their local parish church, where they’d been baptized. Instead, Whitefield argued that the “sad decay of true Christianity” persisted because people “neglect[ed] to assemble [themselves] together, in Religious Societies.” In today’s terminology, this meant people weren’t meeting in groups for godly fellowship.

WHITEFIELD’S APPLICATION

God designed mankind for fellowship, Whitefield noted, creating Eve because it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone. How much more, in our fallen state, do we need others to help us stay on the path of devout holiness? “Kindled coals,” he said, “if placed asunder, soon go out, but if heaped together, quicken and enliven each other and afford a lasting heat.” Likewise, “if Christians kindled by the grace of God unite, they will quicken and enliven each other; but if they separate and keep asunder, no marvel if they soon grow cool or tepid.”

Of course, Whitefield connected the need for godly fellowship to the need for conversion. After all, it would be hard to imagine a Whitefield sermon that failed to mention the new birth! He knew Christians would always have worldly input from unconverted friends and family, those who would say believers need not take their faith so seriously. True Christian friends, however, would caution the believer that “if you will be an almost Christian (and as good be none at all) you may live in the same idle indifferent manner as you see most other people do.” If you want to be an “altogether Christian,” though, you must go much further. You must strive to enter the narrow gate, the “narrow passage of a sound conversion.”

People naturally gravitated toward societies of one kind or another, Whitefield noted. It was wired into our natures. Some unregenerate people were fond of fellowships devoted to sin itself, including drunkenness or debauchery “at which a modest heathen would blush.” But Whitefield issued a more pointed warning about “seemingly innocent entertainments and meetings which the politer part of the world are so very fond of, and spend so much time in,” such as debating clubs or dances. Today one imagines he might indict us for spending so much time socializing around sporting events. Being obsessed with such time-wasting distractions, especially at the expense of religious fellowship, was “absurd, ridiculous, and sinful.”

WHITEFIELD’S EXHORTATION

But the insidiousness of our sin made even religious fellowship an opportunity for hypocrisy and deceit. Abundant religious activity cannot mask a rebellious heart at the last day. It would do no good for the hypocrite to say, “Lord, have we not assembled ourselves together in your Name, and enlivened each other, by singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs?” No, “you shall receive a greater damnation, if, in the midst of these great pretensions, you are found to be workers of iniquity.” But Whitefield had confidence that the believers meeting in Methodist-style fellowships in Gloucester were “willing, not barely to seem, but to be in reality, Christians,” and that at the judgement seat of God they would be regarded as “holy, sincere disciples of a Crucified Redeemer.”

Whitefield may have said much more than this in the sermon, perhaps exhorting and extemporizing in such a way that drove the congregants “mad.” (The published text of his sermons frequently differed from what he said in person.) But he said enough to show how his vision of vital fellowship exposed the spirit of nominal religion that was so debilitating both to England, and to so much of America today.”  Source

Wasn’t that well said? This is a 32-page sermon/pamphlet that was published the year after this sermon was preached. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

 

 

Consider Another George Whitefield Sermon to Preach at Events

Whitefield’s sermon Of Justification by CHRIST begins with I Cor. Vi. II. But ye are Justified. The whole Verse runs thus:—And such were some of you; but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Names of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the Spirit of our God.

This sermon is making a strong stamen, that there is no other Name give under Heaven whereby they can be saved, but that of JESUS CHRIST and we are freely justified from all our Sins by the precious Blood of JESUS CHRIST. Therefore, the title, Of Justification by Christ. Whitefield refers to a previous sermon/pamphlet, The Nature and Necessity of our New Birth in Christ Jesus. You might want to read that one before this one.

Whitefield divides this sermon into three parts.

I. First, WHAT is meant by the Word Justified.
II. Secondly, I shall endeavour to prove, individual Person in particular, stands in need of being justified.
III. Thirdly and lastly, That there is no possibility of obtaining the Justification, which we so much want, but by the precious Blood of JESUS CHRIST.  See page six below:

The complete title of this pamphlet is Of Justification by Christ. A Sermon preach’d at the Parrish Church of St. Antholin, &c. By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford. Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.

This is my latest sermon pamphlet, the 6th in a series of 15 pamphlets that I replicate that were originally preached and published by George Whitefield. It is another fine example of a George Whitefield sermon that helped spur on our 1st Great Awakening. This is a 32-page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab bound together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.
You may purchase it for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the link below:

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Parson Tim & His Geneva Bible

This is Tim Platek holding his 1560 Geneva Bible that I made for him. He is standing outside of the Glebe Church in Suffolk, Virginia. This Anglican/Episcopal Church, built in 1738, has an interesting history. In March 1775, the Loyalist parish minister, Parson Agnew, was driven from the Church for sermons preaching loyalty to King George. The following sermon was the last straw.

His topic was “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” and Cowper “proceeded to denounce the sins of disloyalty and rebellion.  In the middle of the sermon William Cowper, a vestryman and magistrate, left his seat in the pews and mounting the pulpit, ordered Parson Agnew to sit down.  ‘I am doing my Master’s business’, said the Parson; Cowper replied ‘Which Master?  Your Master in heaven or your Master over the seas?  You must leave the church or I will use force.’  ‘I will never be the cause of breeding riot in my Master’s house’, said Parson Agnew.  He stepped down from the pulpit, walked through the crowd to his carriage and drove away.”

Source

 

Consider this George Whitefield Sermon to Preach at Events

 

Here is another sermon/pamphlet by George Whitefield to consider preaching at Events.  The Indwelling of the Spirit, the common Privilege of all Believers was first preached on Whitsunday in 1739. Whitefield is convinced that people in his day believe that “most of what is contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, was design’d only for our Lord’s first and immediate Followers”…and “many now read the Life, Sufferings, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, in the same Manner as learned Men read Caesar’s Commentaries, or the Conquest of Alexander.” He is concerned how this has changed people’s thoughts on God’s Spirit. Whitefield writes, “for we no sooner mention the Necessity of our receiving the Holy Ghost…but we are look’d upon as…Madmen…represented as wilfully deceiving the established Constitution of the Church.” This sermon is laid out in four sections as transcribed below.


First, I shall briefly shew what is mean by the Word Spirit.
Secondly, I shall shew that this Spirit is the common Privilege of all Believers.
Thirdly, I shall shew the Reason on which the Doctrine is founded.
Lastly, I shall conclude with a general Exhortation, to believe on Jesus Christ, whereby alone we can be qualified to receive the Spirit.


This sermon/pamphlet is 24-pages long and measures 4 ¼ inches wide by 6 ½ inches tall.  It is stab bound with linen thread and printed on laid paper.  You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

According to Frank Lambert in his recent book entitled “Inventing the Great Awakening”, the year 1739 was somewhat of a turning point for George Whitefield. Lambert explains: “During spring 1739, Whitefield pieced together his revival style, element by element. Upon returning to London from Georgia in December 1738, Whitefield had alienated many clergymen because of his attacks on their lassitude in preaching and practicing the gospel. Consequently, five pastors announced they would no longer allow him to preach in their pulpits. Forced from churches, he preached outdoors. The first occurrence was in Kingswood near Bristol, where he viewed the ‘poor colliers, who are very numerous…as sheep having no shepherd.’ ” (Lambert, p. 96) In fact, it was not out the norm for Whitefield to preach in a parish church on Sunday morning, and in the open fields on Sunday afternoon. And in fact, Mr. Whitefield followed the exact course of action on Whitsunday, 1739, (which according to our Book of Common Prayer, fell on June 10, of that year). Mr. Whitefield writes the following in his journal for June 10:

“Hasten’d back to Blendon, where more of our Brethren came last Night to see me.—Preached with more Power than ever, and assisted in administering the Sacrament to about 200 Communicants in Bexley Church.—Din’d, gave Thanks, and sung Hyms at Mr. Delamot’s.—Preached with great Power in the Evening on Blackheath, to above 20000 People, and collected sixteen Pounds seven Shillings for the Orphans.” Perhaps, it is not difficult to understand why Mr. Whitefield “Preached with more Power than ever”.

When considering the topic of his sermon. If Whitefield delivered this text with as much passion as it was written, then it doubtless had a strong effect on his audience. His aim seems to be two-fold: first and foremost, to show that his topic was correct Biblically, but secondly, to also show his listeners that his interpretation was not in conflict with the historic doctrines of the Church of England. To illustrate his second point, he quotes several examples from the Book of Common Prayer. On page 10 of his sermon, he says, “And to those, who are to be ordained Priests, the Bishop is to repeat these solemn Words, Receive thou the Holy Ghost, now committed unto thee, by the Imposition of our Hands—And yet, Oh that I had no Reason to speak it, many that use our Forms, and many that have witnessed this good Confession, yet dare talk and preach against the Necessity of receiving the Holy Ghost now, as well as formerly; and not only so, but cry out against those, who do insist upon it, as Madmen, Enthusiasts, Shismaticks {sic}, and Underminers of the Established Constitution.” Whitefield ends this sermon with at least four pages of a gospel invitation to be saved, and for “all to come to Jesus Christ by Faith.” He is indeed preaching in an established Anglican parish church and not in the open fields, but he does not come anywhere close to assuming that all his listeners are born-again Christians.


You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link:

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Our 1611 King James Bible is going to be in the Movies

We have made this 1611 King James Bible for the film, “A Lively Experiment The Life of Dr. John Clarke America’s Forgotten Patriot” by 1663 Media Arts Productions.  Learn more about this upcoming film at the following link:   Watch Here

We are now replicating the original 1611 King James Bible for anyone who wants one. Hunter Willies, our web master, will be making us a web page to tell you more about our replica before too long.

Our replica of the original 1611 King James Bible contains the full prefatory content: The Dedication to King James, the translator’s preface, the calendar, the Holy Land map, the genealogy, and of course the entire Old Testament, Apocrypha (which was specifically mandated by King James), and New Testament. Each page of this Bible was scanned from original 1611 pages and therefore is exactly as it was published in 1611.

 

Our replica measures about 11 3/16 inches tall by 9 3/8 inches wide by 3 5/8 inches thick, and weighs about 9 pounds. It is printed on heavy [.0045 thick] cream-colored paper and covered in black goatskin that is blind tooled. The text block is Smyth Sewn by a machine.  It has hand-marbled end papers, and its end-bands are hand sewn with red and white silk thread. It is a “medium-folio” size, rather than the original “giant pulpit folio” which weights over 30 pounds. Otherwise, it is an exact photographic duplicate of the very first press run of the world’s most beloved book.

We took some photos during the process of making this Bible.  If you would like to see them, they are below.  Enjoy!

 

 

Four George Whitefield NEW-BIRTH Sermons to Preach at Events

Are you having trouble figuring which period sermon to preach at your next reenactment?  I have five suggestion.  

Whitefield has four sermon/pamphlets that deal with the New-Birth that might work well.   Whitefield is more Calvinist than Armenian, but I think that the New Birth is common to both. 

 One is four pages long, one is eight pages, another is 30 pages, and Marks of the New birth is 24 pages.

  1. I have given thousands of Whitefield’s, A Prayer for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New-Birth away. It is a four-page pamphlet. You may already have this one in your library.  You may purchase this pamphlet for 95 cents from my Etsy Store at the following link.  Purchase Here

2. I have also given away hundreds of Whitefield’s 8-page sermon/pamphlet, New Birth. You may have this one in your library as well. This New Birth pamphlet has two sections. The first section is titled A Prayer for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New-Birth [this is the same as the four page pamphlet mentioned above] and the second is titled, A Prayer for one newly awakened to a Sense of the Divine Life. You may purchase this pamphlet for $1.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

3.  “The Nature and Necessity of our New Birth in Christ Jesus, In order to Salvation” is another New-Birth sermon/pamphlet by George Whitefield. The subtitle of this sermon is “Of our New Birth in Christ JESUS”. Whitefield breaks the sermon down into four sections. See the transcription below.

First, I shall endeavour to explain what is meant by being in CHRIST: If any Man be in CHRIST.

Secondly, What we are to understand by being a New Creature. If any Man be in CHRIST, (says the Apostle) he us a new Creature.

Thirdly, I shall produce some Arguments to prove WHY we must be New Creatures e’er we can be in CHRIST.

Fourthly and lastly, I shall draw some Inferences from what will have been delivered, and then conclude with a Word or two of Exhortation from the Whole.  

“The Nature and Necessity of our New Birth…” is a 32 page sermon/pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-stitched together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. Its complete title is “The Nature and Necessity of our New Birth in Christ Jesus, In order to Salvation: A Sermon preached in the Church of St. Mary Radcliffe in Bristol. By George Whitefield, A.B. of Pembroke-College, Oxford.” Printed for C. Rivington at the Bible and Crown in St. Paul’s Church-yard, and J. Hutton at the Bible and Sun, next the Rose-Tavern with Temple-Bar. 1739.  You may purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

  1. This next sermon/pamphlet by George Whitefield is also about the “New-Birth”, I call is by the pamphlet’s name on the header. “The Marks of the New Birth”. It was printed in 1739. It is a 24-page stab bound pamphlet that measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.   The subtitle is “Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?”. Whitefield divides this sermon into three sections [*see the transcription below]. Following the sermon, the last five pages of this pamphlet consists of two sections. The first section is titled, “A Prayer for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New Birth” and then the second, shorter section is titled, “A Prayer for one newly awakened to a Sense of the Divine Life”. 

*First, I shall shew wo the Holy Ghost here spoken of is; and how we must all receive him before we can be stiled true Believers.

Secondly, I shall lay down some Scripture Marks whereby we may know, whether we have thus received the Holy Ghost or not.

Thirdly, by way of Conclusion, I shall address myself to several distinct Classes of Professors, concerning the Doctrine that shall have been delivered.

“The Marks of the New Birth” is my most favorite pamphlet that I have ever made. You can read both, “A Prayer for one desiring to be awakened to an Experience of the New Birth” and then the second, shorter section, “A Prayer for one newly awakened to a Sense of the Divine Life” in my Etsy Store. You will want to pass these pamphlets out to your reenactor friends at every 18th century event that you attend.  Purchase this one for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

Bonus Review below:

Whitefield’s 1739 sermon, Intercession Every Christian’s Duty is a good one about praying for each other. In this sermon, George Whitefield, exhorts us to pray for one another. He divides this sermon into three parts as transcribed below.

  1. First, That it is every Christian’s Duty to Pray for Others, as well as for Himself.
  2. Secondly, WHO are Those that we ought to Pray for, and in what Manner we should do it.

III. Thirdly, I SHALL offer some Motives to excite all Christians to abound in this great Duty of Intercession.

This replica of Whitefield’s 24-page sermon/pamphlet, Intercession, is printed on laid paper and sewn together with linen thread. It measures 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall.  You may purchase this sermon/pamphlet for $9.95 from my Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

*You may listen to the “Intercession”  sermon online on YouTube at the following link:  Listen Here