In light of yesterday’s post featuring “Righteous Richard” getting booed by thousands at the Rose Parade, I thought this painting of 18th century preacher George Whitefield would provide food for thought as it depicts many who tried to stifle him as he proclaimed the Word of life. Remember, he helped bring about The Great Awakening through his fearless preaching. (See the larger image by clicking here. )
Whitefield wrote, “I believe I was never more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields. Some may censure me; but if I thus pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
“I never was more opposed and never met with so great success. I hope I shall learn more and more every day, that no place is amiss for preaching the Gospel. God forbid that the Word of God should be bound because some deny the use of churches! The more I am bid to hold my peace, the more earnestly will I lift up my voice like a trumpet, and tell the people what must be done in them before they can be finally saved by Jesus Christ.” —From Whitefield Gold, compiled by Ray Comfort.
Note: I do not know the name of the painting nor the artist. If anyone else knows, please apprise me.