Rowland Hill on the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel


Hill was a popular Calvinistic English preacher



As quoted by Malcom Watts

“Rowland Hill once visited Bristol to preach the Gospel, commencing his series of sermons on the eve of Bristol Fair. His text was Isaiah 55:1 – ‘Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.’ His opening words were: ‘My dear hearers, I guess many of you have come to attend Bristol Fair. So have I. You do not mean to show your goods until tomorrow; but I shall exhibit mine tonight. You are afraid purchasers will not come up to your prices; but I am afraid my buyers will not come down to mine; for mine [striking his hand on the Bible] are “without money and without price”.’”



As narrated by Ian Murray, in his The Cross: the Pulpit of God’s Love, n.d., p. 23

Rowland Hill, the English evangelist at the end of the eighteenth century, was once present at ‘a diet [meeting] of catechizing’ in Scotland.  After he had also put some questions which were correctly answered, a grey-haired man asked if he might put a question to Mr. Hill: ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘can you reconcile the universal call o’ the gospel wi’ the doctrine o’ a particular eleck [election]?’  Hill was right to reply promptly that he could not.




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