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January 7, 2007

“I am content to wait till the judgment day for the clearing up of my character. When I am dead I desire no epitaph but this: ‘Here lies G. W. What kind of man he was the great day will discover.'”–George Whitefield

Quote taken from, George Whitefield, Banner of Truth, 1970.

  1. Heidi permalink
    January 8, 2007 6:37 am

    Unlike Sir Robert Shirley…..

    Engraved over the door of a chapel at Staunton Harold by the man himself:

    ‘In the year 1653 when all things sacred were throughout ye nation either demollisht or profaned, Sir Robert Shirley Baronet founded this church, whose singular praise it is to have done ye best things in ye worst times. And hoped them in the most calamitious. The righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance.’

    I prefer Whitfield’s memorial to himself, but Robert Shirley’s makes me laugh and so I can’t help liking it too. I suppose the unrighteous are pretty memorable, too.

  2. January 8, 2007 8:05 am

    What impressed me about Whitefield’s comment was his absolute fearlessness of what men thought of him. He was often falsely accused and never defended himself. He’s like the quintessential antihypocrite.

  3. Ruben permalink
    January 8, 2007 8:49 pm

    Boswell felt that some of Johnson’s antipathy to Whitefield might have been cleared up if Johnson had lived a little longer: after Whitefield’s death, according to Boswell, many of the slanders about Whitefield were shown to be patently false.
    If you don’t find this stuff in that book, Benjamin Franklin’s Autobiography has some fascinating and amusing recollections of Whitefield.

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