O God, stamp eternity on my eyeballs…
The business of Pastors (Oops, I mean ALL Christians)
August 20, 2011Posted by on
Whitefield once wrote:
I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs and pieces of dead cats thrown at me.
-George Whitefield, a famous preacher who preached over 18,000 sermons between 1736-1770
In fact, John Wesley told his disciples that persecution was a mark of success: He would teach them, train them, then send them out. When they came back he would ask them two questions:
Did anyone get saved?
If they answered yes, he would keep them in his ministry. If they answered no, he would ask them another question:
Did anyone get mad?
If they answered no he would tell them,
You are not called to the ministry!
And Charles Spurgeon, called the Prince of Preachers, said this:
To be laughed at is no great hardship to me. I can delight in scoffs and jeers. Caricatures, lampoons, and slanders are my glory. But that you should turn from your own mercy, this is my sorrow. Spit on me, but, oh, repent! Laugh at me, but, oh, believe in my Master! Make my body as the dirt of the streets, but damn not your own souls!
Let the love of Jesus constrain you to go out into the highways and hedges to compel poor sinners to come in. Some may say, ‘This is not proceeding with a zeal according to knowledge;’ but I am persuded, when the power of religion revives, the gospel must be propagated in the same manner as it was first established, by itinerant preaching.
Go, dear sir, go and follow your glorious Master without the camp, bearing His reproach. Never fear the scourge of the tongue, ot the threatenings that are daily breathed out against the Lord, and against His Christ. Suffer we must. Ere long perhaps, we may sing in prison, and have our feet in stocks; but faith in Jesus turns a prison into a palace, and makes a bed of flames become a bed of down. Let us be faithful today, and our Lord will support us tomorrow.
George Whitefield (1749-1769) wrote
I love those that thunder out the Word. The Christian World is in a dead sleep. Nothing but a loud voice can awaken them out of it.
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