Asahel Nettleton was a key figure in the Second Great Awakening. His methods in evangelism followed closely those used by Jonathan Edwards. He opposed the "New Measures" introduced by Charles Finney and rightly warned of the consequences of adopting them.
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A Brief Biographical Sketch of Asahel Nettleton
On April 21, 1783, Asahel Nettleton was born into the home of a Connecticut farmer, the second child and eldest son of six children. In his youth, he was catechized in the Westminster Shorter Catechism, giving him a mental apprehension of truths which, when God brought the truths home to his heart, greatly increased his effectiveness as an evangeli ...read
Asahel Nettleton: The Forgotten Evangelist
By Jim Ehrhard
The year was 1812. America had just declared war on Great Britain in June and lost its first battle in October. In the midst of that climate, a young, unimpressive minister on his way to an assignment in New York stopped at a church in the community of South Britain, Connecticut. When he was invited to preach, no one could have an ...read
The Conversion of Asahel Nettleton
The following account of the conversion of Asahel Nettleton is taken from Bennet Tyler's work Memoir of the Life and Character of Rev. Asahel Nettleton, D.D. published in 1844, the year of Nettleton's death.
"From my earliest age, I endeavored to live a moral life, being taught that God would punish sinners; but I did not believe that I should ...read
The Life And Labours Of Asahel Nettleton
by Bennet Tyler and Andrew Bonar
The author, Bennet Tyler, was a pastor for many years in South Britain, Connecticut, where he knew Asahel Nettleton (1783-1844) intimately. He eventually became the president of Dartmouth College. He is famous for his polemics against the liberal Nathaniel Taylor and the New Haven theology, a view which countered ...read
Professing Christians, Awake!
"Now it is high time to awake out of sleep" (Rom. 13:11).
The language of this text is borrowed from natural sleep, in which a person is in a great measure unaware of what is happening around him but life remains in the body. This condition is applied to Christians who have grown insensitive to divine things--they sleep, but life remains in th ...read
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." John 1:12-13
The important and simple doctrine taught by these words, is that those who receive Christ-who have power given the ...read
Rejoice Young Man...
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment (Ecclesiastes 11:9).
The text speaks to those who are in the morning of life. And doubtless the words have alr ...read
The Destruction of Hardened Sinners
"He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy." Proverbs 29:1
A stronger indication of a mind unreconciled to God can hardly be conceived than an unwillingness to receive reproof. The humble Christian is always thankful for admonition administered in the spirit of meekness, and prompted ...read
The Final Warning
A STRONGER INDICATION OF A mind unreconciled to God can hardly be conceived than the unwillingness to receive reproof. The humble man is always thankful for admonition administered in the spirit of meekness and prompted by a sincere desire for the welfare of the offender; while the haughty sinner, whose ways are always right in his own eyes, indign ...read