Evangelism in Modern Britain by Bebbington
Bebbington took on the task to share the history, or the growth of a movement in Britain. He stated that he wanted to present it in two-folds. “to consider the influence of Evangelicals on society; and explore the ways in which Evangelical religion has been molded by its environment.” (location 31,33) He believes the core of evangelism was “conversionism, the belief that lives need to be changed; activism, the expression of the gospel in effort; biblicism, a particular regard for the Bible; and what may be called crucicentrism, a stress on the sacrifice of Christ on the cross”. (2) Bebbington made many references by Max Warren as he explains these characteristics. He quoted him saying, “I am ‘in Grace’ because I have been converted” (7); and “We evangelicals are Bible people. Secondly, Evangelicals possessed a gospel to proclaim.” (4) A scripture relating to conversion, Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God.” We as believers are commanded to share the gospel to the world. The Evangelicals believed they were biblically sounded in their views and beliefs.
It was interesting to learn the evangelical’s views when the Holy Spirit was experienced during a Charismatic Worship. “William Arthur had been encouraging his readers to seek an experience with the Holy Spirit.” (153) The leaders discussed this experience and they all agreed that speaking in tongues was not the first sign of baptism in the Spirit. (229) But their viewpoints did not stop or deter the experience. “ George Forester, Vicar of St Paul’s, and a group of parishioners received ‘the baptism of the Holy Spirit’, started speaking in tongues and began to hold weekly fellowship meetings for the exercise of spiritual gifts.” (153) The scriptures speak about two baptisms: water and the Holy Spirit. The scripture Acts 2:4 states, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
In my reading other’s reviews, I found a research paper written by Garry J. Williams, titled “Was Evangelicalism Created by the Enlightenment?” His main focus was to challenge Babbington’s position that the “Evangelism activism of the 1730”s was only possible because of a novel doctrine of assurance.” He utilized the writings of John Wesley, Jonathan Edwards, and John Newton as his evidence. In his conclusion, he believed the Reformation and Puritanism were the authentically Evangelical movement. That movement was a difference of accidents rather than substance. Adam Szabados, views were similar to Williams’ paper. He too expressed that one could easily argue that the “Reformers and the Puritans were just as much activist as the later Evangelicals because of their strong understanding of Assurance.” They both do not agree with Babbington’s position that Evangelism was the “novelty”.
 Garry J. Williams, Was Evangelicalism Created By The Enlightenment?, http://www.tyndalehouse.com/tynbul/library/TynBull_2002_53_2_08_GWilliams_Evangelicalism.pdf , accessed January 18, 2017, 283 and 313.
 Adam Szabados, David Bebbington Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s, http://szabadosadam.hu/divinity/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/BEBBINGTON.pdf, access January 18. 2017, 4-5
 Ibid., 5.