He was a man of remarkable talents and of attractive personality. He put on no false airs, was natural, unassuming and very kind in every way. Having a sweet tooth he enjoyed eating chocolate! Always displayed a delightful sense of humour, good to be with.
Crowds went to hear him preach in Glasgow and at the Methodist Central Hall, in Westminster, where he reigned as a prince of the pulpit for many years.
He presented himself well wearing a frock coat and silk hat as he moved among the people in the communities. Loved and respected for his Bible ministry and natural warm personality. Long white flowing hair gave the appearance a conductor of an orchestra.
He was a minister of the old school, in his theology and preaching, and he gloried in the title. When some people hinted at his narrowness, he was ready to quickly reply that he could claim to have studied both sides more thoroughly than those who were supposed to be modern. (What changes?)
He attracted young and old alike by his preaching. Wherever he went, and he was constantly travelling up and down the country, crowds flocked to hear him.
Dr Young was a minister in Edinburgh in the time of Alexander Whyte and Henry Drummond who were great magnets to many, but Dinsdale Young’s congregations were unaffected. In Westminster, he preached for twenty-five years, not only to the largest congregations in London, but also to the largest in Britain.
A glorious voice wonderfully used, it was an organ voice, and it was said he could have electrified a congregation just by his sounding forth of the word “Mesopotamia” he was masterly in the art of words.
Having felt led of the Lord on some passage or text of Scripture, he then referred to his best commentaries to be found on his well-lined library shelves. He loved to quote frequently from Bible, commentary and biography. (Some would say too often regarding the last two)
“Preaching as an ordinance,” said Dr Young,” is part of ‘God’s good pleasure.’ It is the Sacrament. Of all the acts of worship it is the most helpful. The churches grieve God’s Spirit when they ignore or depreciate preaching. He made every part of the service effective. He would say. ” Let us now worship as we sing,” then read out the first verse of a familiar hymn in such a way to shed some new glory.
Fundamentalist as he undoubtedly was, Dinsdale Young did not bother crossing swords with Modernists, and the many who disagreed with him.
He did not argue, he proclaimed. He was not an apologist, but a herald.
He knew no hesitancies or wistful doubts, but preached with all his heart and soul a gospel of grace abounding to the chief of sinners
What a thrill it was reported by many to hear him quote as his own personal experience, William Cowper’s lines:
E’er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply
Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.
The great preacher’s faith did not fail him at the last. His last distinguishable words were, “I triumph”
Lord make preacher’s today ‘Young’ at heart and in the pulpits of our country.