“Oh that God would do it again”
On August 23, 1802, David Lilly writes about a great work of God that is going on in the upper part of South Carolina. Multitudes are made to cry out, “What shall we do to be saved?” A few days ago, I returned from our Association…A vast concourse of people assembled on Saturday, and considerable appearances of solemnity soon took place; but no uncommon effect till Sunday, later in the evening. Then the Lord was pleased to manifest his power to many hearts. On Monday the work increased. The hearts of many were made to melt; and several men, noted for their impiety, were stricken and lay among the prostrate…such a degree of brotherly affection as appeared among the ministers and messengers of the churches, I scarcely ever saw. It was enough to melt the heart of the greatest infidel living…Be assured, my brother, the Lord is doing great things for this people in this country.” If a traveler had passed through the settled portions of North America, in 1799, he would have heard the songs of the drunkard, the loud swearing and the obscenity of crowds around taverns, and the bold blasphemous vaunting of infidels, in every village and hamlet. If he had returned in 1801, he would have heard instead, the proclamation of the Gospel to awed multitudes, earnest prayers in the groves and forests, and songs of praise to God, along all the public thoroughfares. Virginia had experienced seasons of revival during the middle of the eighteenth century, but west of the Allegheny Mountains a great spiritual dearth existed. A revival began among the Presbyterians and Methodists. Great revivals were also known among the Baptists as reflected by the letter by Rev. Lilly above. Oh that God would do it again.
Dr. Greg J. Dixon: From: This Day in Baptist History Vol. I: Cummins/Thompson, pp. 347-48.
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