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Sept 6th, 2014

*God’s Generals- the Revivalists*

Peter Cartwright- “The Pistol-Toting Evangelist”

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” ~ Mark 8:36
Life Motto: Love Everyone and Fear No man!


  • Born in 1785, his mother gave birth hiding in a dense cane patch to avoid an Indian attack

  • Grew up in the American Frontier (Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and eventually Illinois)

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.” ~ Matthew 11:12

Persecution of True Christians:

  • John the Baptist- The Pharisees

  • Peter Cartwright- Frontiersmen (World/Sinners); Orthodox Church: Atheists-Deists-Cults

  • Today/Future- ISIS; Foreign Govts; “Christian” Church- Genesis 16:9-12; 2 Timothy 4:3


SPIRITUAL- the thief (satan’s kingdom) comes to steal, kill, and destroy. John 10:10
I could almost lay hold of my Savior and realize a recognized God. All of a sudden, such a fear of the devil fell upon me that it appeared to me that he was surely personally there, to seize and drag me down to hell, soul and body, and such a horror fell on me.” ~ Cartwright while struggling to find salvation Rev 12:3-4
Eventually after many months of seeking the Lord, Peter accepted salvation at a Communion Service - Camp Meeting Revival in KY. He heard, “Thy sins are all forgiven thee” & joy arose in his soul.

Peter describing those that opposed the Camp Meeting Revivals in Kentucky,

Some sinners mocked, some of the old dry professors opposed, some of the old starched Presbyterian preachers preached against these exercises, but still the work went on and spread almost in every direction, fathering additional force, until our country seemed all coming home to God.”

  • World/Sinners

    • School Boys at the River

    • Heckler during Sermon 1 Corinthians 9:26

    • Whiskey drinking Rabble-rousers

    • Crippled Man along the Roadside

  • Academia/Philosophers/Cults

    • Jewish Man – claiming it was idolatry to pray to Jesus Christ

    • “Ohio Yankees”- Universalism, Unitarianism, and Deism

    • “Shakers”- defeated through debates with “Mother Ann”

    • “Mormons”- Encounter with Joseph Smith, founder of Mormon religion

  • Religious/Pharisees

    • Educated East Coast Preacher - Greek/Hebrew/German debate 1Corinthians 1:27

    • Funeral Service- contending with Baptist church for 23 new converts to Christ


  • Andrew Jackson (General and President of the United States)

    • Church Service- Mark 8:36, James 2:1, Leviticus 19:15, Proverbs 29:25

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” ~ Mark 8:36

    • Chaplain- Preaching to the Troops

  • Opposition to Slavery

  • Encounter with Joseph Smith- tries to convince Cartwright to join the Mormon church

    • Baits of the Enemy

      • 1st- Flattery

      • 2nd- Fear

      • 3rd- Cursed in “god’s” name

Cartwright, “Uncle Joe, but my Bible tells me the bloody and deceitful man shall not live out half his days; and I expect the Lord will send the devil after you one of these days and take you out of the way.”


  • Cumberland Mountains Dance Party becomes Revival Meeting

  • Elected to Illinois General Assembly twice, beating Abraham Lincoln in 1832

  • Circuit Rider for nearly 70 years

  • Preached over 15,000 sermons

  • Saw at least 10,000 conversions to Christ under his ministry

  • Changed the Culture of the American Frontier towards Christianity

However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me--the task of testifying to the good news of God's grace.” ~ Acts 20:24
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