Solomon Stoddard, from The Defects of Preachers Reproved (1723)

MINISTERS should be Sons of Thunder: Men had need have Storms in their hearts, before they will betake themselves to Christ for Refuge.

Jonathan Edwards, from “Miscellanies,” entry No. 40 (c. 1723)

“AND IF it was plain to all the world of Christians that I was under the infallible guidance of Christ, and I was sent forth to teach the world the will of Christ, then I should have power in all the world. I should have power to teach them what they ought to do, and they would be obliged to hear me . . .”

Found in Patricia J. Tracy, Jonathan Edwards, Pastor: Religion and Society in Eighteenth-Century Northampton (New York: Hill and Wang, 1980), xi.

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