Converted by his own preaching



When the Revs. George Whitefield and John Wesley commenced their zealous and successful labors, there was a very prevalent disposition to oppose and misrepresent them. Many of the public-houses became places where their doctrines and zeal were talked of and ridiculed. Mr. Thorpe, and several other young men in Yorkshire, England, undertook at one of these parties to mimic the preaching of these good men. The proposition met with applause; one after another stood on a table to perform his part, and it devolved on Mr. Thorpe to close this very irreverent scene. Much elated, and confident of success, he exclaimed, as he ascended the table, "I shall beat you all." Who would have supposed that the mercy of God was now about to be extended to this transgressor of His law! The Bible was handed him, and, by the guidance of unerring Providence, it opened at Luke 13:3, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." The moment he read the text, his mind was impressed in a most extraordinary manner; he saw clearly the nature and importance of the subject; and, as he afterwards said, if ever he preached with the assistance of the Holy Spirit, it was at that time. His address produced a feeling; of [223] depression in his auditors; and when he had finished, he instantly retired, he says, to weep over his sins. He now associated with the people of God, and became a useful minister of the New Testament, and died at Marsborough, in 1776. God applies every possible means to bring sinners to repentance; and here we see how he made even the scoffer to tremble in the midst of his career of blasphemy, and caused the sword of the Spirit, which he was using to destroy the work of God, to slay him.


From: The Testimony of a Hundred Witnesses (1858) Compiled by J. F. Weishampel, Sr.

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