1Pet. 4:11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
One of my faith heroes was the great preacher George Whitefield. He preached during the time of colonial America and is called by many America’s spiritual father. There are reports of his preaching that sound almost impossible until you consider the source. Ben Franklin was trying to debunk what he considered the exaggerations of Whitefield being able to preach to a large crowd. Shockingly, Franklin actually proved the amazing claims. Franklin said that Whitefield preached to a crowd of 25,000 in Philadelphia (with no amplification). Not only was Whitefield attracting crowds, he was also effecting people. Thousands of future Americans were born again in those services. It is said that Whitefield preached face to face with 80% of the population in the colonies in those days, thousands were converted. Here are Whitefield’s own words describing the power of his preaching.
“I’ll tell you a story. The Archbishop of Canterbury in the year 1675 was acquainted with Mr. Butterton the [actor]. One day the Archbishop . . . said to Butterton . . . ‘Pray inform me Mr. Butterton, what is the reason you actors on stage can affect your congregations with speaking of things imaginary, as if they were real, while we in church speak of things real, which our congregations only receive as if they were imaginary?’ ‘Why my Lord,’ says Butterton, ‘the reason is very plain. We actors on stage speak of things imaginary, as if they were real and you in the pulpit speak of things real as if they were imaginary.’”
“Therefore,” added Whitefield, ‘I will bawl [shout loudly], I will not be a velvet-mouthed preacher.” So if you ask Whitefield, “Why do you preach the way you do?” he would “probably say, “I believe what I read in the Bible is real.”
Whitefield lived and preached as if the scriptures were true. His words carried that unexplainable sense of authority, I guess you would call that the anointing. Our country was birthed during that amazing season of spiritual outpouring. I believe that there was a sense of destiny in the preaching of George Whitefield. Could that be what is needed today? I believe it is. I believe destiny is about to appear again and America will respond.