October 3, 2008

A George Whitefield (1714–1770) Gospel Invitation

O do not put a slight on infinite love: what would you have Christ do more? Is it not enough for him to come on purpose to save? Will you not serve God in your souls, as well as with your bodies? If not, you are only deceiving yourselves, and mocking God; he must have the heart. O ye of little faith, why are ye fearful lest he should not accept of you? If you will not believe me, sure you will believe the Lord Jesus Christ; he has told thee that he will receive you: then why tarry ye, and do not go to him directly? Does he desire impossibilities? It is only, "Give me thy heart:" or, does he want your heart only for the same end as the devil does, to make you miserable? no, he only wants you to believe on him, that you might be saved. This is all the dear Saviour desires, to make you happy, that you may leave your sins, to sit down eternally with him, at the marriage supper of the Lamb.
George Whitefield, “Sermon XII: The Folly and Danger of Parting with Christ for the Pleasures and Profits of Life,” in The Works of the Reverend George Whitefield (London: Printed for Edward and Charles Dilly, 1772), 5:326.


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