Category Archives: revival of religion

Tom Sullivan – The Great Awakening and the Expulsion of Jonathan Edwards?

If the Great Awakening was so “great” why was Jonathan Edwards’s the theologian of the revival, dismissed from his own pulpit? An Examination of Charles Hodge’s analysis of The Great Revival. Hodge wrote, “This fact demonstrates that there must have been something wrong in these revivals, even under the eye and guidance of Edwards, from the beginning. There must have been many spurious conversions and much false religion which at the time were regarded as genuine. This assumption is nothing more than the facts demand, nor more than Edwards himself frequently acknowledged.” 

Great Awakening and Jonathan Edwards’s Dismissal

The Revivals of 1858 in Manhattan, and 1859 in Ireland

This is the stories of two prayer meetings. One was in New York City led by Jeremiah Lanphier, the other in County Antrim Ireland led by James McQuilkin. Both prayer meetings began in September of 1857, but neither knew of the existence of the other.  Revival spread greatly from these two prayer gatherings. The class started off with a video from the NYC revival, and due to audio quality and possible copyrights, it was replaced with the narration of the first paragraphs of Samuel Prime’s The Power of Prayer and in an introduction to Jeremiah Lanphier.

Revivals of 1858 and 1859 in NYC and Ireland

James McGready – The Sinner’s Guide to Hell – about 1800

From an online Encyclopedia: ” James McGready 1763-1815

In 1793 McGready was ordained by the Orange Presbytery and assigned to the pastorates of the Stony Creek and Haw River Presbyterian churches. n 1796 his pulpit was removed from the Stony Creek church and burned, and a message written in blood was sent to him threatening physical violence unless he changed his preaching emphasis. He removed to Kentucky and was used in the Great Revival in Kentucky of 1800. As one can judge here, his emphasis in his preaching did not change.

The Sinner’s Guide to Hell

Jonathan Edwards – The Revival at Northhampton and the Devil’s Rage 1735

This is the concluding comments from A Narrative of Many Surprising Conversions. The former part of this book was narrated some years ago and is online on Sermon Audio. The focus here is twofold, the malice of Satan when the Holy Spirit began to be withdraw from the assembly, and the great wisdom of Edwards in counseling the awakened, continued  by his answering objections about his proceeding as written in Thoughts on the Present Revival of Religion.

Narrative of Surprising Conversion – Conclusion – The Devil’s Rage

Heman Humphrey – Time Measured By Eternity – Dec. 1833

Ye men of business and of might, in the high meridian of your
course.  What is your life ? Were we to make up an estimate from your daily conversation, from the eagerness of your worldly pursuits, from your extensive plans, and far-reaching expectations,we must suppose you exempted from the common lot of mortality. But no estimate can be more delusive. Strip your life then of these fictitious and imposing circumstances, and what is it but a vapor ? What obstacle does your fine constitution oppose to the ravages of disease ?—to the stroke of death? How many firmer have fallen in a few days, or hours?

Time Measured By Eternity

Jonathan Edwards – They That Are in Hell Are in Despair

Jonathan Edwards – They That Are In Hell Are In Despair
Isaiah 38:18King James Version (KJV)

18 For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth.

Those in Hell Are in Despair

John Owen, Of Temptation, Chapter 1 1658

From CCEL, “In his treatise, Owen addresses the nature and power of temptation, the risk of entering into it, and the means of avoiding its danger. Owen defines temptation as anything with the ability to entice the Christian’s mind or heart away from obedience to God and redirect it towards sin. Owen warns us that our power is not strong enough to protect us from temptation; rather, it is by God’s power of preservation that we are saved. As Christians, we can guard ourselves against temptation in part by praying for God’s power to help us resist it. His treatise teaches Christians how to recognize the threat of temptation and protect themselves against it.

Of Temptation to Sin Chapter 1

Jonathan Edwards – Christian Cautions The Necessity of Self Examination

Many men who live in ways which are not agreeable to the rules of God’s word, yet are not sensible of it; and it is a difficult thing to make them so; because the same lust that leads them into that evil way, blinds them in it.—

Christian Cautions