But after a few weeks,the people urged me to go and preach in a Baptist church in the town of Rutland,where Rutland joins Le Ray. Will you not turn to the passage that teachesthis? Finney, I shall be very much ashamed to haveit known, wherever you go, that you studied theology with me. It appeared to me then, as it ever has since, that thegreat failure of the ministry and of the church, in promoting religion, consisted,in great measure, in the want of a suitable adaptation of means to that end. In the Spring of this year, 1822, I put myself under the care of the Presbytery asa candidate for the Gospel ministry. The fall previous to this, I had preached a few times, in the evening, at a placecalled Perch River, still farther northwest from Evans' Mills about a dozen miles.
The converts, so far as I know, were almost universallysound, and have been thoroughly efficient Christians. While attending the high school I meditated going to Yale College. In the course of an hour, I should think,I took him over the whole ground of his objections. But of these views he was quite tenacious; and he seemed sometimesnot a little impatient because I did not receive them without question. I told them, no; because I did not see thatGod answered their prayers. T, and of John T. One way for our teens The evangelist must produce excitements sufficient to induce people to repentance.
He went railing about the streets respecting the revival; and would take particular pains to swear and blaspheme whenever he saw a Christian. He was intelligentenough to understand me easily and quickly. I have kept no diary, and consequently depend on my memory. He did not want to be learned, polished, or suave. She referred to my preachingthat sinners deserved to be sent to an eternal hell; and said that she could notreceive it, that she did not believe that God was such a being. He staredat me as if he supposed that I was insane. Assoon as I promised to give them up, the Lord revealed Himself to my soul; and Oh! However, much of it I did not understand.
Tooblige her, he consented to come in. But she took great offence; and after I went away complained that I tried to get away her hope, and distress her mind; that I was cruel to try to distress a woman as sick as she was, in that way -- to try to disturb the repose of her mind. But right there the revelation of my pride of heart,as the great difficulty that stood in the way, was distinctly shown to me. His leadership abilities, musical skill, six-foot three-inch stature, and piercing eyes gained him recognition in his community. He heard of the revival in De Kalb, and came from Ogdensburgh, some sixteen miles,to see it.
It was what I had never done; but I did not hesitate to ask the blessing of God as we sat around the table. I approach the subject, I must say, with reluctance, for many reasons. He and I remained the firmest friends,so far as I know, to the day of his death. This meeting was very much like the one we had had the night before. If anything occurred that threatened to mar the work, if there was any appearanceof any root of bitterness springing up, or any tendency to fanaticism or disorder,Christians would take the alarm, and give themselves to prayer that God would directand control all things; and it was surprising to see, to what extent, and by whatmeans, God would remove obstacles out of the way, in answer to prayer.
This was no more than I expected. He furthermore warned me repeatedly, and very feelingly, that as a minister I shouldnever be useful unless I embraced the truth, meaning the truth as he believed andtaught it. I then informed the people where I was preaching, that I was called toGouverneur, and could make no more appointments to preach in that place. I had no disposition to make money. As I had been a leader among the young people, I immediately appointed a meetingfor them, which they all attended--that is, all of the class with which I was acquainted. After setting him down, and conversing a moment, he came rapidly toward theoffice.
The fact is that Mr. Beman before presbytery - Conversion of Judge C's father - Conversion of Miss S. S, have you a Bible? Gale, I cannot do it without contradictingyour views on that subject, and setting them all aside. It appears that everyone from Illinois to Massachusetts were sinful backsliders until Mr. However, afterward I acquired some knowledgeof Latin, Greek, and Hebrew. Still I refused to go; and when urgedto give them my reasons, I plainly told them that I would not put myself under suchan influence as they had been under; that I was confident they had been wrongly educated,and they were not ministers that met my ideal of what a minister of Christ shouldbe. We found a most extraordinary state of things.