Friday, April 23, 2010
Characteristic of the Great Awakening
"With the heart man believes to salvation. Although a man has believed some body of divinity, unless those principles which he has believed in his head have taken root in his heart so that he loves God's Son , rejoices in His salvation, denies himself, takes up his cross, follows the Lamb through all manner of reproach, his knowledge only makes him boast. He is blind and can not see far. He has never felt the authority of God's grace within, and how can such a person love the Savior of the world?
Before a man's life can be changed the Gospel must penetrate the very citadel of his personality; its message must take root in his 'heart'. The authority of God's grace must be felt within. This was the distinguishing characteristic of the Great Awakening. In Wales, Rowland was one of the first to prove its reality.
From Daniel Rowland and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales
By Eifion Evans