The doctrines of our election, and free justification in Christ Jesus are daily more and more pressed upon my heart. They fill my soul with a holy fire and afford me great conficence in God my Saviour (Works, p. 79).
I hope we shall catch fire from each other, and that there will be a holy emulation amongst us, who shall most debase man and exalt the Lord Jesus. Nothing but the doctines of the Reformation can do this. All others leave freewill in man and make him, in part at least, a Saviour to himself. My soul, come not thou near the secret of those who teach such things . . . I know Christ is all in all. Man is nothing: he hath a free will to go to hell, but none to go to heaven, till God worketh in him to do of His good pleasure (Works, pp. 89-90).
Oh, the excellency of the doctrine of election and of the saint’s final perseverance! I am persuaded, till a man comes to believe and feel these important truths, he cannot come to himself, but when convinced of these, and assured of their application to his own heart, he then walks by faith indeed! . . . Love, not fear, constrains him to obedience (Works, p. 101).
After giving the above quotes on p. 407 of the first volume of his biography of Whitefield, Dallimore comments that for Whitefield these doctrines of grace “were not separate tenets, to be accepted or rejected one by one, but a series of truths so joined together as to compose a great system of theology” and that “Whitefield looked upon these doctrines as the foundation of a most fervent, soul-winning ministry.”