The Preacher: Peter Cartwright

There was a fiery old revival preacher named Peter Cartwright who was famous for telling it like it was. He was preaching one time near Washington D.C. and the people of the church heard that Andrew Jackson was coming to visit. So they pulled Mr. Cartwright aside and said, “Listen Peter, the President is going to be here on Sunday and we know that sometimes you can get kind of offensive, so would you tone it down. We don’t want to upset the President.” So Peter got up in the pulpit the next Sunday and his first three sentences were these. “I understand that the President of the United States, Andrew Jackson is with us this morning. I have been asked to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to Hell if he doesn’t repent.” The church was appalled, but when worship was over Andrew Jackson grabbed Mr. Cartwright’s hand, shook it and said, “Sir, if I had an army of men like you I could whip the world.”

The world is terribly sick and we need more men like Peter Cartwright who will say it like it is. The ‘feel good’ gospel has not helped us. Men may not like you for speaking the truth but at the end of the day, they will come to reckon with what you have said. Don’t live for the approval of men otherwise you will die by their rejection. When the world wants you to tone it down, you take it a tone higher. May heaven count on us.



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