Taken from "George Whitefield's Journals" - The Banner of Truth Trust - Pg. 259
Went this morning to Islington to preach, according to the appointment of my dear brother in Christ, the Rev. Mr. Stonehouse; but in the midst of the prayers, the churchwarden came, demanding me to produce my license, or otherwise he forbad my preaching in that pulpit.
I believe I might have insisted upon my right to preach, being in the priest’s orders, and having the presentation of the living at Savannah, which is in the Bishop of London’s diocese, - a stronger license than that implicit one by which hundreds of inferior clergy are by his lordship permitted to preach.
However, for the sake of peace, I declined preaching in the church; but after the communion service was over, I preached in the churchyard, being assured my Master now called me out here, as well as in Bristol.
The second lesson was Acts XXIV, which contained the plausible speech Tertullus made against Paul, a ringleader of the sect of the Nazarenes, which God applied closely to my heart.
He was pleased so to assist me in preaching, and so wonderfully to affect the hearers, that I believe we could have gone singing of hymns to prison.
Let not the adversaries say, I have thrust myself out of their synagogues. No; they have thrust me out.
And since the self-righteous men of this generation count themselves unworthy, I go out into the highways and hedges, and compel harlots, publicans, and sinners to come in, that my Master’s house may be filled.
They who are sincere will follow after me to hear the word of God.