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In Their Own Words

June 08, 1740

Whitefield Preached with Fervor

William Stephens did not question the divinity of the sermons of George Whitefield, but did sometime question their fervor - and the results it could have on the Georgia colonists:

“…Mr. Whitfield appeared to be returned to his Ministry here, with double Vigour; and after reading the Common Prayer, what he delivered extempore, as well in Prayer as Sermon, seemed to be with uncommon Vociferation and Waste of Spirits; enforcing the Doctrine of original Sin, and the Necessity of a Regeneration, Conversion, and Justification by Faith in Christ, &c. otherwise Hell was ready to receive us. It matters little how far I thought all he said was sound Divinity;
but unless he abates some of his Threats to keep Heaven Gates shut, against all whom he shall think unworthy to enter in, I fear ihe Consequence will be bad.”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 591.