He was the consternation of the established clergy in American the colonies, from New England to the Middle ones, to the South. The clergy were comfortable reading their sermons in high language and living the good life in tax-supported state churches.
But George Whitfield was a threat, riding up and down the American coast preaching in ways opposed to the clergy, whether High Anglican, Presbyterian or Congregational. Whitefield came to America for the second time in 1740 to check on the orphanage he and others previously began in Georgia. From there he was invited to come to seven other colonies where he preached to at least half the population of those places.
The way he preached was different to say the least. He often spoke extemporaneously, waved his arms, cried, sank to his knews on occasion, and spoke in the language of the common folks.
And his message?
Like Jonathan Edwards, Whitefield was fairly Calvinist. First he would give the points he would present. Then he would preach law and judgement upon breaking that law--that is, what men justly deserved. The grace of God through Christ would come after that with the final close being a plea to simply believe on Christ, instead of our own merits to forgive sin and bring us into the fold of God.
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