Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844) is America's forgotten evangelist. Born in Connecticut, Nettleton's preaching was used by God in the conversion of over 30,000 souls during what is known as America's 'Second Great Awakening.'
Nettleton was vehemently opposed to the 'new measures' and the "anxious bench" (predecessor to the modern "altar call") introduced into evangelism by Charles Grandison Finney.
In this sermon read by Pastor Jon Cardwell, Nettleton logically presents the error of the Pelagian heresy and expresses his earnest conviction concerning the truth of the doctrine of grace and the sovereign work of God in salvation.
most excellent sermon How refreshing it is to hear solid, sound biblical preaching; how desperately we need such preaching today!
I highly recommend this sermon for all God's children.
Great Sermon! " where else can we look for the origin of such a change as makes believers pass from death to life but the omnipotence of the divine Spirit? Is it our understanding which accomplishes this change? But our understanding is darkened. 'The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them.' Is it our will? But we are 'prone to evil as the sparks fly upward.' Our wills are perverse and rebellious. Is it our strength? Christ died for the ungodly who are without strength. We are not sufficient of ourselves to think a good thought. Is it our merits? We merit nothing but utter rejection. Is it the ministers of God who persuade us? Paul may plant and Apollos water, but God gives the increase."
"a new spiritual taste or discernment, and principle is implanted by a sovereign creative operation"
Quoted from the sermon.
Great Sermon! Thank you for reading these sermons so carefully and distinctly. It is a great blessing. I hope you put many more of Nettleton's sermons up.
Perhaps one of the most anointed evangelists of the 19th century's "Second Great Awakening," Asahel Nettleton preached very solemn, reverent, dignified messages without written notes, relying on the power of the Holy Spirit through the reverent exposition of Biblical doctrines...