The Effects of Revival

This is how the editor of the Beaufort Gazette described the effects of the 1857 revival under the ministry of Presbyterian preacher Daniel Baker:

“Politics were forgotten; business stood still; the shops and stores were shut; the schools closed; one subject only appeared to occupy all minds and engross all hearts. The church was filled to overflowing . . . When the solemn stillness was broken by the voice of the preacher, citing the impenitent to appear before the judgment seat of heaven; reproving, persuading, imploring . . . and when crowds moved forward and fell prostrate at the foot of the altar, and the rich music of hundreds of voices, and the solemn accents of prayer rose over the kneeling multitude, in was not in human hearts to resist the influence that awoke its sympathies, and spoke its purest and most elevated feeling. Animosities long continued, were sacrificed; coldness and formality were forgotten. Our community seemed like one great family . . .”

As quoted in Douglas Kelly, Preachers with Power: Four Stalwarts of the South (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1992), 23.

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About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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