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The Gospel in New England

February 24, 2011

Wes Pastor at The Gospel Coalition asks whether the Gospel has lost its power in New England or not.  In doing so, he points to the height of gospel preaching in New England through Jonathan Edwards on Revival: A Faithful Narrative of the Surprising Work of God, in the Conversion of Many Hundred Souls, in Northampton, and the Neighboring Towns and Villages of New Hampshire in New England, in a Letter to the Rev. Dr. Colman, of Boston. An excerpt from the book:

There has been a great and just complaint for many years among the ministers and churches in Old England, and in New…, that the work of conversion goes on very slowly, that the Spirit of God in His saving influences is much withdrawn from the ministrations of his word, and there are few that receive the report of the gospel, with any eminent success upon their hearts. But as the gospel is the same divine instrument of grace still, as ever it was in the days of the apostles, so our ascended Saviour now and then takes a special occasion to manifest the divinity of this gospel by a plentiful effusion of the Spirit where it is preached: then sinners are turned into saints in numbers, and there is a new face of things spread over a town or a country.

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