In 1740, George Whitefield, a man greatly used of God in launching the first great awakening, and a man to whom I love to read, wrote to John Wesley, a close friend, “I never read anything that Calvin wrote.” He was also quoted as saying, “I embrace the Calvinistic scheme, not because of Calvin, but Jesus Christ has taught it to me.” Through the life of George Whitefield, no doubt the grace of God was taught with diligence and eloquence, never diminishing Christ, but it was more of a reality of who he was.
And with these things about Whitefield it is that I do agree: 1.) I too have yet to read anything Calvin wrote, not more than a random quote. 2.) Anything I have learned about grace has been what Christ has done in rescuing my soul and taught me through many hours of study in his word. Although I am yet still such a youth in the subject. Yet I am not a Calvinist, nor am I Arminian, simply a Christian saved by God’s grace. 3.) Grace must be a reality and not a mere thing to be minimized, legalized and scrutinized.
 Dallimore, Whitefield, I, p. 574.
 Packer, “The Spirit with the Word,” p. 47.