George Whitefield Quotes

George Whitefield (December 27, 1714 – September 30, 1770), also known as George Whitfield, was an English Anglican priest who helped spread the Great Awakening in Britain, and especially in the British North American colonies. He was one of the founders of Methodism and of the evangelical movement generally. 


“Lord, help me to begin to begin.”  ~ George Whitefield


“If you are going to walk with Jesus Christ, you are going to be opposed…. In our days, to be a true Christian is really to become a scandal.”  ~ George Whitefield


“People want to recommend themselves to God by their sincerity; they think, ‘If we do all we can, if we are but sincere, Jesus Christ will have mercy on us.’ But pray what is there in our sincerity to recommend us to God? … therefore, if you depend on your sincerity for your salvation, your sincerity will damn you.” ~ George Whitefield


“Congregations are lifeless because dead men preach to them.” ~ George Whitefield


“You may have orthodox heads, and yet you may have the devil in your hearts.” ~ George Whitefield


“If one evil thought, if one evil word, if one evil action, deserves eternal damnation, how many hells, my friends, do every one of us deserve, whose whole lives have been one continued rebellion against God!” ~ George Whitefield


“True conversion means turning not only from sin but also from depending on self-made righteousness. Those who trust in their own righteousness for conversion hide behind their own good works. This is the reason that self-righteous people are so angry with gospel preachers, because the gospel does not spare those who will not submit to the righteousness of Jesus Christ!” ~ George Whitefield


“What! Get to heaven on your own strength? Why, you might as well try to climb to the moon on a rope of sand!” ~ George Whitefield


“Study to know Him more and more, for the more you know, the more you will love Him.” ~ George Whitefield


“I was honored today with having a few stones, dirt, rotten eggs, and pieces of dead cat thrown at me.” ~ George Whitefield


“If we once get above our Bibles and cease making the written Word of God our sole rule both as to faith and practice, we shall soon lie open to all manner of delusion and be in great danger of making shipwreck of faith and a good conscience.” ~ George Whitefield


“Christ is worth all, or he is worth nothing.” ~George Whitefield


“God forbid that I should travel with anybody a quarter of an hour without speaking of Christ to them.” ~ George Whitefield


“We can preach the Gospel of Christ no further than we have experienced the power of it in our own hearts.” ~ George Whitefield


“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.” ~ George Whitefield


“Man is nothing; he hath a free will to go to hell, but none to go to heaven, till God worketh in him” and “you dishonour God by denying election. You plainly make salvation depend, not on God’s ‘free grace’ but on Man’s ‘free will.'” ~ George Whitefield


“I would rather wear out than rust out.” ~ George Whitefield


“True repentance will entirely change you; the bias of your souls will be changed, then you will delight in God, in Christ, in His Law, and in His people.” ~ George Whitefield


“Let my name die everywhere, let even my friends forget me, if by that means the cause of the blessed Jesus may be promoted.” ~ George Whitefield


“We are immortal till our work is done.” ~ George Whitefield


“As God can send a nation or people no greater blessing than to give them faithful, sincere and upright ministers, so the greatest curse that God can possibly send upon a people in this world is to give them over to blind, unregenerate, carnal, lukewarm and unskilled guides.” ~ George Whitefield


“God, give me a deep humility, a well-guided zeal, a burning love and a single eye, and then let men or devils do their worst!” ~George Whitefield


“How sweet is rest after fatigue! How sweet will heaven be when our journey is ended.” ~ George Whitefield


“Other men may preach the gospel better than I, but no man can preach a better gospel.” ~ George Whitefield


“Pray that I may be very little in my own eyes, and not rob my dear Master of any part of his glory.” ~ George Whitefield



“Jesus was God and man in one person, that God and man might be happy together again.” ~ George Whitefield


“The renewal of our natures is a work of great importance. It is not to be done in a day. We have not only a new house to build up, but an old one to pull down.” ~ George Whitefield


“I got more true knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month, than I could ever have acquired from all the writings of men.” ~ George Whitefield


“You blame me for weeping, but how can I help it when you will not weep for yourselves, though your immortal souls are on the verge of destruction.” ~ George Whitefield


“When you hear of a notorious sinner, instead of thinking you do well to be angry, beg of Jesus Christ to convert, and make him a monument of his free grace.” ~ George Whitefield


“There are many likewise, who go on in a round of duties, a model of performances, that think they shall go to heaven; but if you examine them, though they have a Christ in their heads, they have no Christ in their hearts.” ~ George Whitefield


“If we are not inwardly wrought upon, and changed by the powerful operations of the Holy Spirit, and our moral actions proceed from a principle of a new nature, however we may call ourselves Christians, we shall be found naked at the great day.” ~ George Whitefield


“For, if we have not charity, we are not Christians: charity is the great duty of Christians.” ~ George Whitefield


“Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners, even persecutors, the worst of sinners: his righteousness is sufficient for them; his Spirit is able to purify and change their hearts.” ~ George Whitefield


“It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God.” ~ George Whitefield


“What could the Lord Jesus Christ have done for you more than he has? Then do not abuse his mercy, but let your time be spent in thinking and talking of the love of Jesus, who was incarnate for us, who was born of a woman, and made under the law, to redeem us from the wrath to come.” ~ George Whitefield


“We must all have the spirit of martyrdom, though we may not all die martyrs.” ~ George Whitefield


“God is well pleased when all our actions proceed from love, love to Himself, and love to immortal souls.” ~ George Whitefield


“I say salvation is the free gift of God. It is God’s free grace, I preach unto you, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Jesus Christ justifies the ungodly. Jesus Christ passed by and saw you polluted with your blood and bid you live.” ~ George Whitefield


“Know, by sad experience, what it is to be lulled to sleep with a false peace. Long was I lulled asleep; long did I think myself a Christian, when I knew nothing of the Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ George Whitefield


“Why fear ye that the Lord Jesus Christ will not accept of you? Your sins will be no hindrance, your unworthiness no hindrance; if your own corrupt hearts do not keep you back, nothing will hinder Christ from receiving of you.” ~ George Whitefield


“Come away, my dear brethren, fly, fly, fly for your lives to Jesus Christ; fly to a bleeding God, fly to a throne of grace; and beg of God to break your heart; beg of God to convince you of your actual sins; beg of God to convince you of your original sin; beg of God to convince you of your self-righteousness; beg of God to give you faith, and to enable you to close with Jesus Christ.” ~ George Whitefield


“Believers keep up and maintain their walk with God by secret prayer. The spirit of grace is always accompanied with the spirit of supplication. It is the very breath of the new creature, the fan of the divine life, whereby the spark of holy fire, kindled in the soul by God, is not only kept in, but raised into a flame.” ~ George Whitefield


“Take care of your life and the Lord will take care of your death.” ~ George Whitefield


“It is God alone who can subdue and govern the unruly wills of sinful men.” ~ George Whitefield


“My prayer today is that God would make me an extraordinary Christian.” ~ George Whitefield


“I am never better than when I am on the full stretch for God.” ~ George Whitefield


“All our afflictions, all our temptations are to make heaven more desirable, and earth more loathsome.” ~ George Whitefield


“Come poor, lost, undone sinner, come just as you are to Christ.” ~ George Whitefield


“I offer you salvation this day; the door of mercy is not yet shut, there does yet remain a sacrifice for sin, for all that will accept of the Lord Jesus Christ. He will embrace you in the arms of His love.” ~ George Whitefield


“I began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other books, and praying over, if possible, every line and word…I would be so overpowered with a sense of God’s Infinite Majesty, that I would be constrained to throw myself on the ground, and offer my soul as a blank in His hands, to write on it what He pleased. ~ George Whitefield


“See that you feel the truths that you speak.” ~ George Whitefield


“Let us…once and forever put an end to that lie which says that Calvinism and an interest in evangelism are not comparable.” ~ George Whitefield


“The riches of His free grace cause me daily to triumph over all the temptations of the wicked one, who is very vigilant, and seeks all occasions to disturb me.” ~ George Whitefield


“The great and important duty which is incumbent on Christians, is to guard against all appearance of evil; to watch against the first risings in the heart to evil; and to have a guard upon our actions, that they may not be sinful, or so much as seem to be so.” ~ George Whitefield


“Mere heathen morality, and not Jesus Christ, is preached in most of our churches.” ~ George Whitefield


“If you know Christ and Him crucified, you know enough to make you happy, supposing you know nothing else. And without this, all your other knowledge cannot keep you from being everlastingly miserable.” ~ George Whitefield


“Speak every time my dear brother as if it were your last.” ~ George Whitefield


“Works? Works? A man get to heaven by works? I would as soon think of climbing to the moon on a rope of sand!” ~ George Whitefield


“The Christian world is in a deep sleep; nothing but a loud shout can awaken them out of it!” ~ George Whitefield


“Among the many reasons assignable for the sad decay of true Christianity, perhaps the neglecting to assemble ourselves together, in religious societies, may not be one of the least.” ~ George Whitefield


“Left to himself, man is half beast and half devil.” ~ George Whitefield


“Dare, dare, my dear brethren in Christ, to follow the Captain of your salvation, who was made perfect through sufferings.” ~ George Whitefield


“Lord Jesus, I am weary in Thy work, but not of it. If I have not yet finished my course, let me go and speak for Thee once more in the field, seal Thy truth, and come home to die.” ~ George Whitefield


“Though you have sinned much, that is no reason why you should despair, but only why you should love much, having so much forgiven.” ~ George Whitefield


“The fall of man is written in too legible characters not to be understood: Those that deny it, by their denying, prove it.” ~ George Whitefield


“At the day of judgment we shall all meet again.” ~ George Whitefield


“Oh that I was lowly in heart! Honor and dishonor, good report and evil report would then be alike, and prove a furtherance to me in my Christian cause.” ~ George Whitefield


“God has condescended to become an author, and yet people will not read his writings. There are very few that ever gave this Book of God, the grand charter of salvation, one fair reading through.” ~ George Whitefield


“Mere are so many stony ground hearers, who receive the Word with joy that I have determined to suspend my judgment till I know the tree by its fruits. I cannot believe they are converts till I see fruit brought back; it will never do a sincere soul any harm.” ~ George Whitefield