Benjamin Franklin: “Trust in the Lord, and Work On”

Benjamin Franklin: "Trust in the Lord, and work on."

Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) dedicated his life to preaching the gospel. He was also a prolific writer, serving as editor of American Christian Review – one of the more influential journals among those associated with the Restoration Movement. Through his writings, he sought to encourage other preachers. The following quote describes the need for perseverance in one who would preach the gospel.Continue Reading

Benjamin Franklin: Hope for Greater Disagreement

Benjamin Franklin - Benjamin Franklin: Hope for Greater Disagreement

Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878), one of the more influential preachers in the Restoration Movement, made it his aim to preach in such a way that his message was clearly understood. Notice the following quote from a sermon he delivered on the subject of foot-washing:

All we ask of those who may differ with us, is to give us a patient and impartial hearing, and then, if we cannot agree, it is hoped the disagreement will be greater than it was before” (They Heard Him Gladly, p. 221).

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Benjamin Franklin’s Beginning in Preaching

Not long after being converted out of Methodism, the young Benjamin Franklin (1812-1878) began preaching, taking advantage of every opportunity he could find.

Benjamin FranklinAnd, as already mentioned in the preceding chapter, he at once began to preach, and he never stopped for anything but serious sickness of himself or family. At first it was only an effort to ‘exhort’ a little at the regular meetings of the church, or after someone else had preached. Then an appointment to preach somewhere at night, in some school-house, or in some private dwelling, was ventured upon. To these appointments he would often walk, three, four, or five miles, after a hard day’s work. Two or three of the young preachers generally met together and united in the exercises of the meeting. And thus, gradually, he directed the forces of his mind and body to the work, until he lost his interest in all other employments. Four years after his obedience to the Gospel he sold out the mill property, and was never afterward engaged in any regular secular business.” (The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, p. 59-60)

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