CHRISTIAN LEADERS. OF ENGLAND. In the Eighteenth Century. BY. JOHN CHARLES RYLE, D.D.. (First Bishop of Liverpool, ). Jiuthor of. J C Ryle’s classic book traces the lives of the eleven Christian leaders who ‘ shook England from one end to another’. Christian Leaders of the Last Century (18th). by. J. C. Ryle () It is a fact that no British preacher of the last century kept together in one district such.

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Whatever, therefore, God does; he does it merely for the sake of his well-beloved Son.

Christian Leaders of the Last Century (18th) — J. C. Ryle

Art thou tempted by the vanities of the world? His letters in reply to the attacks made upon him are always dignified and sensible, and do equal honour to his heart and head. No well-read person can be ignorant that Luther and Knox in the sixteenth century, Stephen Marshall in the Commonwealth times, and George Whitefield in the eighteenth century, were the most popular and famous preachers of their respective eras.

His ministry was almost entirely among the middle and lower classes in about five chrustian in Wales. Whitefield was the summer cloud which burst at lwaders or noon a fragrant exhalation over an ample track, and took the rest of the day to gather again; Wesley was the polished conduit in the midst of the garden, through which the living water glided in pearly brightness rle perennial music, the same vivid stream from day to day.

The Christian leaders of England in the eighteenth century

Remember he excepts nothing. Of course this is a point on which I must speak diffidently, knowing literally nothing of the Welsh tongue, and entirely dependent on translation.

Morgan of Christ Church, and Mr. And this ejection took place at a time when scores of Welsh clergymen were shamefully neglecting their duties, and too often were drunkards, gamblers, and sportsmen, if not worse!

His forehead was high and prominent; his eye was quick, sharp, and penetrating; he had an aquiline or Roman nose, proportionable comely lips, projecting chin, and a sonorous, commanding, and well-toned voice. It is precisely those who do most work who find that they can do most.

Christian Leaders of the 18th Century : J. C. Ryle :

Some fifteen years ago, the Quarterly Leaedrs contained an article insinuating that he was addicted to drunkenness, which called forth an indignant and complete refutation from many competent witnesses in South Wales, and specially from the neighbourhood of Llangeitho.

In addition to all this, we must remember that no biographical account of Thf was ever drawn up by his contemporaries. Here again, I venture to suggest, was one great secret of Rowlands’ success.


He bad, probably, no very trustworthy guide in his choice of religious literature at this period. Owen got hold of one set of facts, and Morgan of another.

An intelligent judge of popular ot can hardly fail to see in his remains, through all the many disadvantages under which we read them, some of the secrets of his marvellous success. When a child of three years old, he had a narrow escape of death, like John Wesley. It is evident, however, that he made the best use of his time at college, and picked up as much as he could in a day when honorary class-lists were unknown, and incitements to study were very few.

When we recollect, moreover, the singular fact that on Sundays, at least, Rowlands was very seldom absent from Llangeitho, and that for forty-eight years he was constantly preaching on the same spot, and not, like Whitefield and Wesley, incessantly addressing fresh congregations, we must surely allow that few preachers have had such extraordinary spiritual success since the days of the apostles. This woman came at times to see her sister, and on one of these occasions she heard some strange things about the clergyman of the parish–that is, Rowlands.

These sketches of Daniel Rowlands, John Wesley and George Whitefield first appeared in ‘The Family Treasury’ along with nine other pen sketches of 18th century divines. The best, most impartial, and most complete account of Wesley is one published by Seeley mby an anonymous writer. It is said that he used often to go to the top of Aeron Hills, and there pour out his heart before God in the most tender and earnest manner for the salvation of the numerous inhabitants of the country which lay around him.

The people on these occasions would go together in companies, like the Jews going up to the temple feast in Jerusalem, and would return home afterwards singing hymns and psalms on their journey, caring nothing for fatigue. We see unhappily so very little of spiritual influences in the present day, the operations of the Holy Ghost appear confined within such narrow limits and to reach so few persons, that the harvests reaped at Llangeitho a hundred years ago sound almost incredible.

His journeys, when he went about preaching, were made on horseback, until at last a small carriage was left him as a legacy in his old age.

It is believed that his wife was the daughter of Mr. He had at the beginning of his discourse some stirring, striking idea, like a small box of ointment which he opened before the great one of his sermon, and it filed all the house with its heavenly perfume, as the odour of Mary’s alabaster box of ointment at Bethany; and the congregation being delightfully enlivened with the sweet odour, were prepared to look for more of it from one box after the other throughout the sermon.


But all who are thus born of the Spirit have the kingdom of God within them. CHAPTER 1 One of the greatest spiritual champions of the last century whom I wish to introduce to my readers in this chapter, is one who is very little known.

The engraving of him which faces the title-page of the lives drawn up by Morgan and Owen, gives one the idea of Rowlands being a grave and solemn-looking man. Yea, he is acquainted with all thy temptations, because he was in all things tempted as thou art. These “irregularities,” be it remembered, were neither drunkenness, breach of the seventh commandment, hunting, shooting, nor gambling! As long as the world stands, the Church of England in Wales will never get over the injury done to it by the preposterous and stupid revocation of Daniel Rowlands’ license.

In fact, the Church of England lost everything by ejecting him, and gained nothing at all. Not less than thirty persons, it is said, were converted that day. I will wind up this account of Rowlands by mentioning a little incident which the famous Rowland Hill often spoke of in his latter days. Thousands of my countrymen, I suspect, have some little acquaintance with Whitefield, Wesley, and Romaine, who never even heard the name of the great apostle of Wales.

Christian Leaders of the 18th Century

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. Like the few scattered bones of extinct mammoths and mastodons, they speak volumes to all who have an ear to hear. No They think they are carrying on their own work of destroying you, as it is said of the Assyrian whom the Lord sent to punish a hypocritical nation, ‘Howbeit, he meaneth not so;’ yet it was God’s work that he was carrying on, though he did not intend to do so.

He went therefore, and suddenly breaking into the ring as a cockfight was going on, addressed them powerfully and boldly about the sinfulness of their conduct. Having food and raiment, let us be therewith content.

Having cleared my way by these preliminary remarks, I will proceed at once to show my readers some of the leading characteristics of the great Welsh evangelist’s preaching.