CHRISTIAN LEADERS. OF ENGLAND. In the Eighteenth Century. BY. JOHN CHARLES RYLE, D.D.. (First Bishop of Liverpool, ). Jiuthor of. J C Ryle’s classic book traces the lives of the eleven Christian leaders who ‘ shook England from one end to another’. Christian Leaders of the Last Century (18th). by. J. C. Ryle () It is a fact that no British preacher of the last century kept together in one district such.

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Such books as “Law’s Serious Call,” “Law’s Christian Perfection,” “Theologia Germanica;” and mystical writers, were about the highest pitch of divinity that he had yet attained. Of course it would be ot to say that there was no excitement, unsound centurg, hypocrisy, and false fire among the thousands who crowded to hear Rowlands. The ways of God, however, are not as man’s ways. The weary wheels of life at length stood still, and he died of no disease but sheer old centtury.

The peculiar character of his ministerial position may partly account for this. At this stage of John Wesley’s life, his correspondence with his father and mother is peculiarly interesting, and highly creditable both to the parents and the son. The effect on the people was wonderful; you could see nothing but smiles and tears running down the face of all. Rowlands was evidently a man who honestly lived up to his light, and followed on to know the Lord.

Christian Leaders of the 18th Century

We must learn to distinguish between things that are of the essence of the gospel and things which are of the perfection of ccentury. We need more men like John Charles Ryle today.

Art thou tempted by the vanities of the world? Jones stopped in his sermon and offered a christiaan prayer for him, that God would touch his heart, ryyle make him an instrument for turning souls from darkness to light This prayer is said to have had an immense effect on Rowlands, and he is reported to have been a different man from that day.

She took the first opportunity of asking her clergyman’s permission, and easily succeeded. They discovered him, at length, on his knees in a retired spot a little out of the road.


Davies of Glynwchaf near Liangeitho. The offer in one case came from the excellent John Thornton. All the events that take place in the world carry on the same work–the glory of the Father and the salvation of his children.

They either spend their strength in perpetually teaching elementary truths, or else they dwell exclusively on the privileges and duties of God’s children. I have a fair summer religion; I can talk well; nay, and believe myself while no danger is near. All force and impetus, Whitefield was the powder-blast in the quarry, and by one explosive sermon would shake a district, and detach materials for other men’s long work; deft, neat, and painstaking, Wesley loved to split and trim each fragment into uniform plinths and polished stones.

If we had a little buttermilk in some cottages we thought it a great thing. But that there was too much law in Rowlands’ preaching for four years after his conversion, both for his own comfort and the good of his hearers, is very evident from the fragmentary accounts that remain of his ministry.

All describe them as being something so striking and remarkable, that no one could have an idea of them but an eyewitness.

From the time of his ejection to his death, the course of Rowlands’ life seems to have been comparatively undisturbed. Facts like these need no comment; they speak for themselves.

But wherever he may have got his learning, there is no doubt that he possessed it, and knew how to make use of it in his sermons.

Christian Leaders of the Last Century (18th) — J. C. Ryle

He was all his life a very poor man; but he was always a contented one, and lived in the simplest way. The great Welsh preacher was never silenced practically for a single day, and the Church of England only reaped a harvest of odium and dislike in Wales, which is bearing fruit to this very hour.

He had always enjoyed wonderful health, and never hardly knew what it was to feel weariness or pain till he was eighty-two. Of the manner, demeanour, and action of Rowlands in the delivery of his sermons, mention is made by all who write of him.


What were they like? Like the few scattered bones of extinct mammoths and mastodons, they speak volumes to all who have an ear to hear. Whitefield had no patience for ecclesiastical polity, no aptitude for pastoral details, Wesley, with a leader-like propensity for building, was always constructing societies, and with a king-like craft of ruling, was most at home when presiding over a class or a conference.

No one perhaps can fully realise this who does not read the large biographies which record all his doings, or study his wonderful Journals.

If Wesley did nothing in Georgia, he certainly gained leadeers great deal. Most preachers of the gospel, T suspect, fail greatly in this matter. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

Yet it all seems to come in naturally, and without effort, as if it were the regular outfiowing of the preacher’s mind, and the language of a heart speaking cenfury its abundance. It is a fact that Lady Huntingdon, no mean judge of clergymen, had the highest opinion of Rowlands.

If any one wants to know how far a man may go in outward goodness, and yet not be a true Christian, let him carefully study the experience of John Wesley. Indeed the word of God dwelt richly in him. I must begin by frankly confessing that the subject is surrounded by difficulties. Here, I suspect, was precisely one of the chrostian secrets of Rowlands’ power.

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Rowlands was shut out of the Church of England, and an immense number of his people all over Wales followed him. Sometimes he was denounced by bishops as an enthusiast, christia fanatic, and a sower of dissent.

The last but one was at Chelsea, on February the 18th, on the words, “The king’s business requireth haste” I Sam. The first thing that I notice in the remains of Rowlands is the constant presence of Christ in all his addresses.

Art thou tempted to deny God?