A Tribute To The Godly
by Carlton Pruitt
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This is by no means an exhaustive list of the godly men whom God used to build the kingdom and promote righteousness and the Christian faith. As I get time I shall add further to this list
and perhaps make a list of godly women who mirrored these men in their exploits of faith.
Anselm (1033-1109) Archbishop of Canterbury. Considered one of the most influential Christian thinkers in Europe. Known for his motto Credo ut intelligam ("I believe so that I may understand")
Augustine (354-430) Considered one of the greatest Christian thinkers. Author of Confessions (his autobiography) The City of God
John Wycliffe (1325-1384) Also know as the "Morning Star" of the Reformation. Theologian, preacher and Bible translator.
Menno Simons (1496-1561) Anabaptist leader. His theology was focused on separation from this world, and baptism by repentance symbolized this.
"For true evangelical faith...cannot lie dormant; but manifests itself in all righteousness and works of love; it...clothes the naked; feeds the hungry; consoles the afflicted; shelters the miserable; aids and consoles all the oppressed; returns good for evil; serves those that injure it; prays for those that persecute it."
John Bunyan (1618-1688) Preacher, prolific writer and theologian who spent 12 years in prison for preaching the gospel without a license. Known for his classic book "The Pilgrim's Progress"
Richard Baxter (1615-1691) English Puritan leader, author of the classic book "The Reformed Pastor"
John Wesley (1703-1791) Evangelist, theologian, founder of the Methodist movement. Preached over 40,000 sermons. Traveled over 250,000 miles on horseback
George Whitefield (1714-1770) Anglican minister. Helped spread the Great Awakening in Great Britain and America.
J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) Anglican bishop. Ryle was a prolific writer, vigorous preacher and author of such classics as "Holiness"
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Known as The Prince of Preachers. Spurgeon was a prolific author and though he had no formal theological training he had a very keen mind. He preached to crowds of ten thousand at Exeter Hall and the Surrey Music Hall. He founded Sunday schools, churches, an orphanage, and the Pastor's College. He edited a monthly church magazine and promoted literature distribution. During his day he deplored the trend of the day toward textual criticism.
A. W. Pink- (1886-1952) Born in Nottingham, England. He was an English Christian evangelist and biblical scholar known for his staunchly Calvinist and Puritan-like teachings. After attending Moody Bible Institute for a few months he left to began his first pastorate in Silverton Colorado. Pink was a pastor in several churches including California, Kentucky and South Carolina. He started a magazine in 1922 called Studies in the Scriptures. In 1934 Pink returned to England to concentrate on writing books.
J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937) was the principal figure in the founding of the Orthodox Presbyterian church (OPC) A distinguished New Testament scholar at Princeton Seminary from 1906 to 1929, Machen defended the historical reliability of the Bible in such works as The Origin of Paul's Religion (1921) and The Virgin Birth of Christ (1930). He emerged as the chief spokesman for Presbyterian conservatives by issuing a devastating critique of Protestant modernism in the popular books Christianity and Liberalism (1923) and What is Faith? (1925). When the northern Presbyterian church (PCUSA) rejected his arguments during the mid-1920s and decided to reorganize Princeton Seminary to create a moderate school, Machen took the lead in founding Westminster Seminary in Philadelphia (1929) where he taught New Testament until his death.
A. W. Tozer (1897-1963)
Carlton Pruitt ministers the gospel to the Los Angeles area. Formerly a Hollywood actor (SAG member)and junk removal expert he now spends most of his time studying the scriptures, writing articles, hymns and poems and doing street preaching.
See his videos on http://www.youtube.com Type LAStreetPreacher in the search bar. CONTACT at Carlton2061@gmail.
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