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In Their Own Words

June 15, 1740

Whitefield Toned Down Sermon

William Stephens noted that George Whitefield had toned down his sermon a bit on this Sunday, which - in Stephens’ opinion - did not lessen its effectiveness:

“…Mr. Whitfield performed the Divine Service, with such a devout Emotion of Spirit, as nobody could justly blame him for: After which he dwelt a while on extempore Prayer (as usual;) and in his Preaching, I was very glad to observe him more temperate in his Utterance, than sometimes he appears: Nor did I think his Reasoning a Jot the less enforcing, without Rant- ing.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, pp.595.