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Date: Sat, 05 May 2012 01:40:07 +1200
GILBERT TENNENT - a "SON OF THUNDER"
-by David Smithers. 

It was upon the bed of affliction that Gilbert Tennent was taught 
of God. In approximately 1728 this young gifted Presbyterian 
minister become extremely ill. Uncertain if he would recover, he
entered into a deep vision of eternity and time of repentance. He 
writes, "I was then exceedingly grieved I had done so little for 
God . . . I therefore prayed to God that He would be pleased to 
give me one half year more. I was determined to promote His 
kingdom with all my might and at all adventures." 

Mr. Tennent's prayer was answered, and he was revived in both 
body and spirit. He labored as never before to, "Sound the trumpet 
of God's judgment and alarm the secure by the terrors of the Lord." 
He was a man literally consumed with a vision of the holiness of 
God...  The anointed George Whitefield writes of him, "Hypocrites 
must soon be converted or enraged at his preaching. He is a son 
of thunder and does not regard the face of man. He is deeply 
sensible of the deadness and formality of the Christian church in
these parts, and has given noble testimonies against it." Gilbert 
Tennent preached as if "never sure to preach again, and as a 
dying man to dying men."  His preaching was far from typical of 
his day. A historian of the "Great Awakening" describes the 
average minister's methods, "The habit of the preachers was to 
address their people as though they were all pious and only 
needed instruction and confirmation. It was not a common thing 
to proclaim the terrors of a violated law and insist on the absolute 
necessity of regeneration." 

Mr. Tennent himself describes this kind of popular preaching. "They 
often strengthened the hands of the wicked by promising them life. 
They comfort people before they convince them; sow before they 
plow: and are busy in raising a fabric before they lay a foundation. 
These foolish builders strengthen men's carnal security by their 
soft, selfish, cowardly discourses. They have not the courage or 
honesty to thrust the nail of terror into the sleeping souls!" From 
1736 through the 1740's, Gilbert Tennent's ministry was greatly 
blessed in promoting revival among the middle colonies in America. 
His ministry overlapped and supported the ministries of such godly 
men as Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield. He carried with 
him the very seeds of revival, and when he preached, REVIVAL 
FIRE FELL. It must be remembered that the American church in 
the 18th century would probably have died of dry rot without the 
Spirit-filled ministry, of Gilbert Tennent. During one of Bostons 
most severe winters, people waded through the snow night and 
day for the benefit of hearing the fiery Tennent preach. "You could 
criticize him; you could praise him; but you could not ignore him!" 
No one slumbered peacefully when he was around; not even the 
church. Gilbert Tennent was in truth, the voice of one crying in 
the wilderness - REPENT! 

He could boldly warn men of the wrath of God because he had 
boldly agonized and travailed for their souls, "Often his soul wept 
in secret for the pride and obstinacy of those who refused to be 
reclaimed." Throughout Tennent's ministry he kept his zeal and love 
for Christ fervent through constant prayer. "He made prayer his chief 
and most delightful employment." 

-Please comment on today's need for this kind of preaching at this link-

http://www.johnthebaptisttv.com/

-Original source-

http://www.watchword.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=44