By David Brainerd
David Brainerd (1718-1747) was once a colonial American missionary to local american citizens made recognized while Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) posthumously edited his magazine and different writings right into a renowned biographical narrative. Having frolicked at Yale college, Brainerd entered the ministry in 1742 and committed his existence to paintings among local peoples in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey prior to expiring on the age of 29. This 1902 version of The Diary and magazine of David Brainerd supplied readers with a broader photo of his existence and the resource fabric from which Edwards composed his narrative. quantity 1 focuses generally upon the diary, which incorporates Brainerd's dialogue of his short lifestyles, together with no longer insignificant connection with the affliction that claimed him. eventually, the concepts preserved during this two-volume set are a tremendous source for these drawn to faith in the United States through the interval often called the 'Great Awakening'.
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Let us recall one of those seasons of masterful wrestling. He had heard that next day the Indians intended to meet together for an idolatrous feast and dance. " My soul was as much drawn out as ever I remember. I was in such anguish, and pleaded with so much earnestness, that, when I rose from my knees, I felt extremely weak and overcome. I could xxviii INTRODUCTION scarcely walk straight; my joints were loosed; the sweat ran down my face and body; and nature seemed as if it would dissolve. " And, all that night, the solemn transaction went on.
But certainly it is not at all to be wondered at that a youth and a young convert, one that had his heart so swallowed up in religion, and so earnestly desired the flourishing of it, but had had so little opportunity for reading, observation, and experience, should for a while be dazzled and deceived with the glaring appearances of that mistaken devotion and zeal; especially considering what the extraordinary circumstances of that day were. He told me on his death-bed that while he was in these circumstances he was out of his element, and did violence to himself, while complying in his conduct with persons of a fierce and imprudent zeal, from his great veneration of some that he looked upon much JONATHAN EDWARDS'S PREFACE li better than himself.
He was dogged by persistent melancholy. " There are few weeks of his Diary in which we do not see him busy framing the sharpest and heaviest indictment against himself. Not that he doubts his personal interest in the love of the Father and the grace of the Son and the communion of the Holy Ghost. That is not the source of his trouble. Once he has found his dwelling-place in God, he is free from tormenting misgivings regarding the reality of his own salvation. The uncertainty whether or no the soul has reached the land of corn and wine, the dread lest at the last it should miss the crown of life and should be doomed to the blackness of darkness,—a dread and an uncertainty which have kept many of the saints all their lives subject to bondage,—do not harass him.