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Howell Harris’ zeal in evangelism

November 26, 2009

A strong necessity was laid upon me, that I could not rest, but must go to the utmost of my ability to exhort. I could not meet or travel with anybody, rich or poor, young or old, without speaking to them of religion and concerning their souls’. ‘Persuaded by my neighbours, I went during the festive season from house to house in our parish, and the parishes of Llangors and Llangasty, until persecution became too hot. I was absolutely dark and ignorant with regard to the reasons of religion; I was drawn onwards by the love I had experienced, as a blind man is led, and therefore I could not take notice of anything in my way. My food and drink was praising my God. A fire was kindled in my soul and I was clothed with power and made altogether dead to all earthly things. I could have spoken to the king were he within reach – such power and authority did I feel in my soul over every spirit…’ I lifted up my voice with authority, and fear and terror would be seen on all faces. I went to the Talgarth fairs denouncing the swearers and cursers without fear or favour. At first I knew nothing at all, but God opened my mouth (full of ignorance), filling it with terrors and threatenings. I was given a commission to break and rend sinners in the most dreadful manner. I thundered greatly, denouncing the gentry, the carnal clergy, and everybody. My subjects, mostly, were death and judgment, without any mention of Christ. I had no order, and hardly any time to read, except a few pages now and then, because of constant busyness. But when I came to the people matter enough was given to me, and I received fluency of speech and great earnestness, although I was inclined by nature to levity and frivolity.’

 Family gatherings turned into congregations so large that ordinary dwellings could not accommodate them. Family worship was instituted in many homes and churches in the neighbourhood became crowded, with many seeking admission to the Lord’s Supper.

Howell Harris’ zeal in evangelism (but perhaps lacking in knowledge)

George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the Eighteenth-Century Revival, Vol.1 by Arnold Dallimore, page 240-1

The Martyrdom of William Seward

November 26, 2009

(William Seward was an early methodist) Seward also tried to preach, but Charles Wesley was not convinced of ‘his call to preach’ (Journal, Sept.23, 1740). But Seward went with Howell Harris on his open-air work in Wales, standing with him as he addressed the unruly mobs, and of a meeting at Caerlon (Sept.9, 1740)

 Seward wrote:

 We had been singing and praying and discoursing for half an hour, when the mob began to be outrageous, and to pelt us…The Lord gave us courage to withstand it for and hour and a half – sometimes singing the hymn in a tumult. The noise often drowned our voices, till at length I was struck with a stone upon my right eye, which caused me so much anguish that I was forced to go away to the Inn. It was given me to pray all the way for the poor people, and especially for the person who struck me.

Bro. Harris continued to discourse for some time afterward…I got my eye dressed and went to bed as soon as possible.

 (The next day they had all manner of things thrown at them and Seward received a stone on his side as well as being hit by something under his right eye again)

 In October in Hay he was struck by a heavy stone from close distance and carried from the scene unconscious. He eventually died Oct. 22 1740 and was buried at nearby Cusop.

 George Whitefield vol. 1 Dallimore pp. 583-4