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S E k M O N S
PREACHED ON VARIOuS
By GEORGE WHITE FIELD, A.B.
. LATE OF PEMBROKE COLLEGE, OXFORD.
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CAREFULLY CORRECTED AND REVISED
ACCORDING TO THE BEST LONDON EDITION.
TO WHICH IS PREFIXED
ON THE CHARACTER, PREACHING, teV OF
BY JOSEPH SMITH, V. D, M,
VSINTED BY J. NE1LSON, FOR J. GILLIES,
Serm. VIII. The Holy Spirit, convincing the World of
Sin, of Righteousness, and of Judgment.
Luke xiY 9, 10. And Jesus said unto him, This day is sal-
Serm. X. The Power of CHridV Resurrection.
Serm. XIV. The Method of Grace.
Serm. XV. The wife End fcoliih Virgins.
CHARACTER, PREACHING, &c.
REVEREND Mr. GEORGE WH1TEFIELD,
Impartially represented and supported, in a SERMON, preached in Charlestown, South-Carolina, March a6th, Anno Domini, 1740. by JOSEPH SMJTH, V. P. M. With a Presace by the Reverend Pr, COI.MAN.and Mr. COOPER, or Boston, New-England.
READ E R.
T I "*HE following Discourse, was inclosed to us by J our dear Brother, the worthy Author of it \ aud we have read it with high pleasure and fatisfaction. The design is sufficiently intimated in the Titlepage. It is, indeed, a Sermon of an extraordin1ry nature. To give from the pulpit, the perfonal and ministerial character of a living Preacher, is very unusual, Or, perhaps altogether new. But fo is the occasion.— And the Discourse must be looked upon to be apologetical rather than encomiastic. The manisest design is, to support the Cause by vindicating ths man; not a private and party cause : but that of Primitive Piety, aud Catholic Christianity; the Cause of Christ and Truth, if the peculiar doctrines nf the gospel, the asserting and clearing whereof, was the glory of the Reformation, may be fo called? A cause this, in which zeal is certainly a virtue.
As to theReverend Mr. Wbitesield, the perfon reserred to, and named, he is the wonder of the agej anoT no man more employs the pens, and sills up the converfation of people, than he does at this day: none more admired and applauded by fome, contemned and reproached by others. The common lot of the most excellent men the world has ever had to shew!
While fo many others are speaking and publishing their sentiments concerning him with all freedom, Mr. Smith thought himself not precluded.' He hath had as much opportunity as most, to inform himself concerning Mr. Whitesield's doctrine, manner of lise, purpose, faith, charity, long-suffering, patience, persecutions, and afflictions which have come unto him - and what he has seen and heard, that declares he unto us; and we receive his testimony, because we know him to be a Gentleman of good sense and strict veracity; and alfo free from enthusiastic impressions, unless seripus religion and experimental piety are fo called, as we have melancholly occasion to observe they often are. There appear to us plain marks of sincerity and impartiality in the following account. And the fame things have been reported to us by our Reverend Brethren, of the like character, whom we know and correspond with, in places where Mr. Whitesield hath visited and preached in.
And, as to his thoughts, respecting the views of Providence, in raising up men of this stamp and spirit in our day, he expresses them with great modesty and caution, and we cannot but apprehend they are countenanced from Scripture, reafon, and observation.
When God is about to carry on falvation-work with any remarkable success, he will raise; up suitable instruments to work by. He will form and spirit men for great aud extraordinary undertakings! when he has any great aud extraordinary purposes to serve.' ' "" ,
Thus when God's time for the great and good work of building the second temple was come, Joshua and others were animated to undertake it; and though they were men wondered at, for the warmth of their zeal and the boldness of their enterprize; that in the sace of sp many opposers and dissiculties, they should undertake to rebuild the holy city and the temple; yet they were raised above all discouragements, and stood sirm against all opposition, being fortisied with a special promise of the MESSIAH, in whose strength, and by whose influence they should be successsully carried on in their work. "Hear now, O "Joshua the High-priest, Thou and thy sellows that ** sit before thee; for they are men wondered at: « for I will bring forth my servant the BRANCH. ** Behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: ** Upon one stone shall be seven eyes. I will engrave "the engraving thereof, saith theLORD of HOSTS;
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"and I will remove the iniquity of t "day," Zech. ii. 8, 9.
So when the gospel-church was to be set up in the world, and the Gentile nations to be converted to the knowledge and saith of JESUS, a dozen, poor, illiterate sishermen, were endued with power from on high; and sent forth to open men's eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God. And in them was sulsilled that which is written, Psalm viii. 2. "Out of the mouth of babea "and sucklings hast thou ordained strength, because M of thiue enemies; that thou mightest still the ene"my and the avenger."
'when the church was overspread with Popish "5, superstition, and idolatry, and the Romish j was at its very height*, it pleased God to enlighten fome Ecclesiastics gradually in the knowledge of"
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* In the 16th century.