The Works of John Witherspoon, Volume 5

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Sprinkle Publications

The richness of John Witherspoon’s ministry of the Word of God can be enjoyed even today through the legacy of the sermons preserved for us and presented again to the public.


Table of Contents:

A Pastoral Letter from the Synod of New York and Philadelphia

Sermon 1: The Dominion of Providence Over the Passions of Men (Psalm 76:10)

Address to the Natives of Scotland residing in America

Sermon 2: Solemn Thanksgiving to God (Psalm 3:8)

Sermon 3: Christian Magnanimity (1 Thessalonians 2:12)

An Address to the Students of the Senior Class

A Serious Inquiry into the Nature and Effects of the Stage

A Letter Respecting Play Actors

Ecclesiastical Characteristics

A Serious Apology for the Ecclesiastical Characteristics



John Witherspoon (February 5, 1723 – November 15, 1794) was a Scottish-American Presbyterian minister and a Founding Father of the United States.



“Witherspoon’s sermons were distinguished for their judicious and perspicuous divisions – for mingling profound remarks on human life, along with the illustration of divine truth – and for the lucid order that reigned through the whole. In his discourses, he loved to dwell chiefly on the great doctrines of divine grace, and on the distinguishing truths of the gospel.” – John Rodgers