Thursday, July 26, 2012

Benjamin Franklin's Love and Respect for George Whitefield

In a chapter on "The Reformational Revivalism of George Whitefield," J. I. Packer records these sentiments by Benjamin Franklin about Whitefield:

In 1747, he wrote: "He is a good man and I love him."

And, after Whitfield's death, Franklin said: "I knew him intimately upwards of 30 years. His integrity, disinterestedness and indefatigable zeal in prosecuting every good work, I have never seen equalled, I shall never see excelled."

J. I. Packer, Honoring the People of God: Collected Shorter Writings on Christian Leaders and Theologians (Vancoover: Regent College Publishing, 1999), 48-49.

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