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these men are great disturbers of the peace, they cannot meet a man upon the road, but they must ram a text of scripture down his throat

January 12, 2010

On the 4th of June, 1768, John Waller, Lewis Craig, James Childs, &c. were seized by the sheriff and hailed before three magistrates, who stood in the meeting house yard, and who bound them in the penalty of one thousand pounds, to appear at court two days after. At court they were arraigned as disturbers of the peace; on their trial, they were vehemently accused, by a certain lawyer, who said to the court, “May it please your worships, these men are great disturbers of the peace, they cannot meet a man upon the road, but they must ram a text of scripture down his throat.

Robert Baylor Semple, History of the Rise and Progress of the Baptists in Virginia, Richmond, Virginia, 1810, p. 15.

Before you criticise their methods, perhaps you ought to pray for a tenth of their zeal!

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All our conversation on the subject of religion ended in nothing. He was convinced that he was right, and all the texts I produced were, according to him, applicable only to the times of the Apostles

September 28, 2009

A certain person, though well-intentioned, tried to dissuade Henry Martyn from going to India as a missionary. Martyn remarked:

“All our conversation on the subject of religion ended in nothing. He was convinced that he was right, and all the texts I produced were, according to him, applicable only to the times of the Apostles.”

 …When called to encounter the ridicule of those who, not knowing the hope of Christ’s calling, nor the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, nor the exceeding greatness of his power towards those who believe, despised all labors of love amongst the heathen as wild and visionary ; the Lord helped (Martyn) to keep his ground, and to bear his testimony. “With my Bible in my hand, and Christ at my right hand,” said he, “I can do all things: what though the whole world believe not, God abideth true, and my hope in him shall be steadfast.

From, John Sargent, The Life and Letters of Henry Martin, Banner of Truth, 1985, p.60

Evangelism – being charged with extremism (enthusiasm)

August 6, 2009

Because I am in earnest,” (Rowland Hill) once said at Wot-
ton, “men call me an enthusiast. But I am not;
mine are the words of truth and soberness. “When I
first came into this part of the country, I was walking
on yonder hill ; I saw a gravel-pit fall in, and bury three
human beings alive. I lifted up my voice for help
so loud that I was heard in the town below, at a dis-
tance of a mile ; help came, and rescued two of the
poor sufferers. No one called me an enthusiast then ;
and when I see eternal destruction ready to fall upon
poor sinners, and about to entomb them irrecoverably
in an eternal mass of woe, and call aloud on them to
escape, shall I be called an enthusiast now ? No,
sinner, I am not an enthusiast in so doing : I call
on thee aloud to fly for refuge to the hope set before
thee in the gospel of Christ Jesus ;”

LADY HUNTINGTON AND HER FRIENDS;
OR, THE REVIVAL OF THE WORK OF GOD IN THE DAYS OF WESLEY, WHITEPIELD, ROMAINE, VENN, AND OTHERS THE LAST CENTURY.
COMPILED BY MRS. HELEN C. KNIGHT. PUBLISHED BY THE AMERICAN TRACT SOCIETY,
, NEW YORK.
1966 p.252-253