Monday, January 31, 2011

A sixteen year old reprimands Wesley

31 Jan 1743. One writing to desire that I would preach on Isaiah 58, I willingly complied with his request in the evening. A day or two after I received a letter from a girl of sixteen or seventeen, whom I had often observed as being in an eminent degree of a meek and lowly spirit. Some of her words were: ‘I do not think there were above six or seven words of the true gospel in your whole sermon. I think nothing ought to concern you but the errand which the Lord gave you. But how far are you from this! You preach more the law than the gospel!’ Ah, my poor still sister! Thou art an apt scholar indeed! I did not expect this quite so soon.

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