Any thoughts on the famous evangelist ? Dwight L. Moody ( 1837-1899 ) was a friend of Spurgeon's . CHS let him occupy his pulpit several times . Yet they were poles apart theologically . I have often wondered why Spurgeon did not exercise more discernment about having Moody preach in his pulpit . Also , why did he show open admiration for Moody's form of evangelicism which was so different from his model preacher, George Whitefield ? In a book I have by Alan Sell called " Theology In Turmoil " he cites a J.Opie . ...Moody offered an enthusiastic but comfortable moralism . The sovereign God of American religious awakenenings before the Civil War had become by the gilded Age a friendly personal counselor . Sin , once a truly awful condition , Victorian gentility gentility translated into the social improprieties of laziness , drunkedness and poverty . Grace ... [now] provided for the pleasantries of self-confidence , comfort , and prosperity . Conversion , once the most shattering experience of man's short and harsh life , became the voter's judicious right to change party affiliation . Moody's revivalism reached its climax ... in sentiment .