Thursday, December 16, 2010
HAPPY 296TH BIRTHDAY TO GEORGE WHITEFIELD
He was born on a Sunday, on the sixteenth day of the month of December, in the year of our Lord 1714, under the name of George Whitefield, at the Bell Inn, Southgate Street, in Gloucester, England.
He would later become a minister in the Anglican Church of England. The Lord would use him as one of His major instruments to bring about a great revival in England and in the British North American colonies that would later become known as the "First Great Awakening". The "Great Awakening" would become what many now believe was the spiritual foundation of the American Revolution of 1776.
He had the gift of a booming voice that could carry a good distance. It is said that he had once "open air"
preached to a crowd of ten thousand people (this was long before any audio equipment was available to a speaker). He was teased and mocked by his detractors because of his being cross eyed.
The printed sermons and writings of George Whitefield are still a blessing to many professing believers in our day.