First, I would not mean to imply that George Whitefield was either gay or effeminate in the manner which Mark Driscoll seems to use the word; however, Stout argues that Whitefield wrestled with effeminacy. According the Stoute, Whitefield enjoyed the theater of his day which was of the ‘effeminate’ arts one might say. Why? because it was filled with dancing, , “wonton fasions, “face-painting”, and several other things associated with effeminacy. You can, no doubt, read about it in the nonconformist sermons of the day.
Stout writes, “Behind Puritan and Methodist attacks on the theater was the fear of a loss of self-control – the very badge of their manly, and godly identity.” Further, it would be, along the lines of Plato, a threat to Reason and Intellect. I get the since that what has happened before will happen again.
The author of the book says that the pro-theatrical side of Whitefield’s personality won out and was carried over into the pulpit although he would face, throughout his life, ailments which made him appear less than masculine. Later, serving aboard the Jack Tar, which in reading Whitefield’s recollections of the ship, would have made even Driscoll appear weak and feminine he was challenged by effeminacy, and yet served as a witness not to a masculine God, but to the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Whitefield was effeminate, and at times, weak in body. He was, as Driscoll put it, “anatomically male” but an effeminate leader. And yet? Yet he won souls to Christ and led revivals long before Mark Driscoll came on the scene and I would be willing to say that long after Driscoll has been forgotten, George Whitefield’s sermons will still be mined as a rightful preacher of Reformed (Methodist) Theology.
- Mark Driscoll’s Jesus? (gentlewisdom.org.uk)
- Confession: @PastorMark- I Cry At Movies (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- It’s A Bad Idea to Say Stupid things When You’re a Mega-Pastor (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- The Diary of John Wesley – Chapter 3 – Field-Preaching; “All the World my Parish”; Whitefield; Wales; Experience with Demons (rodiagnusdei.wordpress.com)
- Flotsam and jetsam (7/12) (westernthm.wordpress.com)