Christians Urged to Awake out of Sleep – Asahel Nettleton
“And that knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake
out of sleep.” (Romans 13:11)
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“As one in sleep is insensible to what is passing
around him, so, in a measure, it is sometimes with the
Christian. Though not wholly lost to a sense of divine
things, they make but a feeble or slight impression
upon his soul. In this frame, he goes to the house of
God. Once he saw the glory of God in the face
of Jesus Christ ; but now he walks in darkness. Once
he had a deep sense of the worth of souls, and could
weep over perishing- sinners around him. He could
say, ‘I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved.’
But now he can behold the sight almost without emotion.”
In 1812, a 29-year-old pastor traveling to New York stopped to speak to a small congregation in South Britain, Connecticut. He was shy and unimpressive looking.
A recent graduate from Yale and newly ordained, he dressed humbly like the farmer’s son he was. Neither his appearance nor his deportment predicted the remarkable power that would overshadow his ministry over the next 20 years. At South Britain that potency first manifested itself. When he left the church one week later, it was profoundly changed by the many conversions that had taken place. Thus began the ministry of Asahel Nettleton (1783–1844), one of the great evangelists in American history.
Few have heard of Nettleton today, but he was the Billy Graham of the 1820s. His name was familiar in every New England household. It is estimated that more conversions occurred under his ministry than any other since Whitefield. He was responsible for at least 30,000 additions to the church, even though most of his work was confined to Connecticut, a small geographical area.
“In 1844, The New York Observer said that Nettleton was ‘one of the most extraordinary preachers of the gospel with whom God has ever blessed this country.’ The New York Evangelist agreed, ‘Few men, since the apostolic days, have been honored with such a signal success in preaching the word, and in the conversion of sinners as he.’
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