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A Calm Address to our American Colonies by John Wesley, 1775

I recommend that you order this pamphlet now so that you will receive it before your INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATIONS begin. It will make for excellent discussions. ~ James

 A Calm Address to our American Colonies was published in London in 1775 by the Rev. John Wesley. It was an attempt by Wesley to try to help us avoid a civil war between brothers.

The quote, in Latin, on the title page of this pamphlet is from the Aeneid, and translates thus:

“Make not, my sons, make not such unnatural wars familiar to your minds;

nor turn the powerful strength of your country against its bowels.”

~ The Aeneid, book VI, lines 832-833

 

Wesley divides the first part of this pamphlet into twelve sections and puts it in the front. Then he places a five-page sermon, preached by Dr. Smith, in Philadelphia, toward the back. The sermon had been recently re-printed in England and had been much admired. Wesley contends that the sermon proceeds all along upon wrong suppositions. Wesley says that they are confuted in the sermon and Wesley touches upon them again.

See a summary of each of the twelve divides of the first part of this pamphlet below:

  1. Has the English Parliament power to tax the American Colonies?
  2. It is the privilege of a Freeman and an Englishman to be taxed only by his own consent.
  3. Every freeman is governed by laws to which he has consented.
  4. You are entitled to life, liberty and property by nature.
  5. They did not by emigration forfeit those privileges.
  6. The Colonies are not represented in the Parliament. They inherit all the right which their ancestors had of enjoying all the privileges of Englishmen.
  7. Colonies have a right to all the privileges granted them by royal charter or secured to them by provincial laws.
  8. The English Parliament has undoubted right to tax all the English Colonies.
  9. We have few men in England who are determined enemies to Monarchy.
  10. All countries are liable to taxes.
  11. If we submit to one tax, more will follow.
  12. Brethren, open your eyes! Come to yourselves! Be no longer the dupes of designing men.

This 24-page pamphlet measures about 4 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. It is printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread.

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Thankfulness For Mercies Received by George Whitefield

This Thankfulness sermon/pamphlet was first preached on May 17, 1738 on the deck of the ship, Whitaker, after a four-month journey from England to Savannah, Georgia. Whitefield’s audience consisted of his fellow passengers who he referred to as “companions and familiar friends…who came with me to sojourn in a strange land”. He specifically addresses the sailors who crewed the ship and the soldiers that were also on board.

The complete title is, Thankfulness For Mercies Received A Necessary Duty. A Farewel Sermon preach’d on Board the Whitaker, at Anchor near Savannah in Georgia, on Sunday May 17, 1738. 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 sermon is based on Psalm cvii. 30, 31

Then are they glad because they are at Rest, and so he bringeth them unto the Haven where they would be. O that Men would therefore praise the Lord for his goodness, and declare the Wonders that he doeth for the Children of Men!

This 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. Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from our online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial by George Whitefield

This sermon/pamphlet about Self-Denial is based off Luke ix.23.

And He said unto them all, If any Man will come after me, let him deny himself.

Whitefield divides this sermon into three sections.

  1. First, THE Nature of the Self-denial recommended in the text; and in how many Respects we must deny ourselves, in order to come after JESUS CHRIST.
  2. SECONDLY, I SHALL endeavour to prove the Universality and Reasonableness of this Duty of Self-denial.
  • Thirdly and lastly, I SHALL offer some Considerations, which may serve as so many Motives to reconcile us to, and quicken us in the Practice of this Doctrine of Self-denial.

The full title of this pamphlet is, The Extent and Reasonableness of Self-Denial. A Sermon preached at the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Holborn, on Sunday October 9, 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. 1739.

This is a 24-page pamphlet printed on laid paper and stab-bound together with linen thread. It measures about 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 1/2 inches tall. Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online ETSY STORE at the following link:  Purchase Here

The Eternity of Hell-Torments by George Whitefield

 

I chose the marbled paper that this pamphlet is lying on because it reminds me of the fiery chaos of Hell.  The Eternity of Hell-Torments sermon/pamphlet is sobering. As the title suggests; it explores the everlasting nature of Hell’s punishment.

The sermon is based on MATTHEW XXV. 46.

“These shall go away into everlasting Punishment.”

Whitefield divides this sermon more informally than most, but does give four arguments to prove his point.

  1. He argues that the torments reserved for the wicked are eternal.
  2. God rewards his saints with everlasting happiness; therefore Gods equally punish sinners with eternal misery.
  3. That torments reserved for the wicked are eternal.
  4. The torments reserved for the wicked are eternal because the Devil’s punishment is to be so.

This is the first sermon/pamphlet that I have scanned from my original 1772 book which is a collection of Whitefield’s sermons preached years earlier. The tile of this book is, “Fifteen Sermons, Preached on Various Important Subjects, By George Whitefield…”. Keep in mind that Whitefield’s sermons helped create the First Great Awakening. I intend to replicate every sermon in this book, if this first sermon is well received and time allows. This one makes the sixteenth Whitefield sermon that I currently replicate.

The complete title is, “The Eternity of Hell-Torments A SERMON Preached at the Parish Church of St. MARY, White-Chapel, LONDON.  By GEORGE WHITEFIELD, A.B. of Pembroke College, OXFORD.

This is a twenty-page sermon/pamphlet that I stab-bind together with linen thread. It is printed on laid paper, and measures about 4 1/2 inches wide by 6 3/8 inches tall.  Purchase this pamphlet for $9.95 from my online Etsy Store at the following link: Purchase Here

Admonition Against Profane and Common Swearing

This “Swearing” pamphlet contains an interesting and compelling sermon on both common profanity and the taking of the Lord’s Name in vain.

The complete title is, An Admonition Against Profane and Common Swearing. In a Letter from a Minister to his Parishioners. To be put privately into the Hands of Persons who are addicted to Swearing.” By the Right Reverend Father in God Edmund Gibson, D.D….dated 1771.

Keep in mind that even The Articles of War Forbid Profane Cursing and Swearing.

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

Gibson divided his sermon into two sections:
I. Of the Sinfulness of Vain Swearing.
II. Of the Folly of it.

This 24-page sermon/pamphlet is printed on laid paper and stab-bound with linen thread and measures about 4 inches wide by 6 inches tall. The following sentence on the title page immediately sets off multiple conversations and confessions at events.

“To be put privately into the hands of persons who are addicted to swearing.”

Need I say more. This is a fun pamphlet to hand out to your reenacting friends and the public at events. Purchase this pamphlet from my Etsy Store for $9.95 at the following link:  Purchase Here

I also make another “Swearing” pamphlet. It has the curious title of, The Heinous Sin of Profane Cursing and Swearing.   It has the same effect as Gibson’s above. It is by George Whitefield and dated 1739. It is a bit longer and was published several decades earlier. It will work for both the French and Indian War and Rev. War. 

Purchase Whitefield’s “Swearing” pamphlet from our online Etsy Store at the following link:  Purchase Here

 

 

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