The last weeks have witnessed sad betrayals on every side. John Knox's Church, the Church of Scotland, has deleted from the Confession of Faith - the Westminster Confession of Faith all references that condemn the Pope, the Mass and Romanism, and the distinctive deceptions and idolatries of the Roman Catholic Church. A priest observer at the Assembly said his heart was strangely warmed as his Presbyterian brethren deleted the insults to the Pope that were basic to Presbyterianism since the days of the Reformation.'

How are the mighty fallen, and the weapon of war perished!

One can now write Ichabod over the whole Church of Scotland. It is finally and totally apostate, choosing the Roman Antichrist and rejecting the true Christ of God.

A similar move was attempted in the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church. It was defeated by what Church House says 'as it was a clear majority'. The session, however, was in secret but it has been stated that the reason why the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church did not proceed to delete the references to the Pope and the condemnation of Romanism was because of fears expressed concerning the progress that would result to the Free Presbyterian Church if that happened, and also the warning by the legal advisors of the Church that minorities in all the congregations could claim the right to the buildings because it would be a violation of their Trust Deeds.

A follow up to this matter was the application by Archbishop Winning, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, to hold a Mass in Glasgow Cathedral which, of course, is in the possession of the Church of Scotland. The minister of the Cathedral said, 'The time was not yet ripe for such a Mass as he feared a Protestant backlash'. So the Mass was rejected, not because of any doctrinal reason but because of the fear of the people.

The Ecumenical Movement marches forward in its Romeward run. The time has come for a strong and faithful stand to be taken for the distinctive principles of Protestantism. Those principles are Primitive Bible and Apostolic Truths.

Let us dedicate ourselves as a Church to contend earnestly for the faith, once for all delivered to the saints. What a privilege to be outside the camp to bear reproach for Jesus' Sake! [3]

"SUFFER A WORD OF TESTIMONY" - 54 Years saved on the 29th May, 1986.
A Sermon preached in Martyrs Memorial Church on Lord's Day 1st June 1986 by Dr. Ian Paisley

"I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." (John chapter 10, verse 11)

On the 29th day of May, nineteen hundred and thirty-two I accepted Christ as my Saviour and my Lord, and He accepted me as a lost, guilty sinner needing His love, needing his grace and needing His redemption.

It is important to continue to testify to the salvation that is in Christ. The Book of the Acts is not a very big Book in the New Testament, and yet three times in that Book there is a careful record given of the salvation - the conversion of Saul of Tarsus. Once there is the narrative of its actual happening, and then on two occasions Paul himself speaks forth and gives his testimony.

When you go home this evening take time to read those three accounts, and you will find that the last account is the sweetest of them all, because every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before. As we progress in the Christian life we can appreciate and evaluate more specifically the wonder of God's full and God's free salvation.


It is a wonderful thing to be born again. It is a wonderful thing to know you are born again. It is a wonderful thing to have the joy of the new birth welling up in your heart and sweeping every part of your being with that joy that is unspeakable and full of the glory of the Lord.

Conversion, the changing of men and women by the grace of God, the translating of men and women out of the Devil's kingdom into God's kingdom, is the hallmark of true Christianity.

I am not talking about decision-card conversions. I am not talking about emotionalism which is like lemonade. You take the top off the bottle and it fizzes but in a few minutes it is dead and is undrinkable.

I am speaking about the real genuine article. Holy Ghost conversions are [4] preceded by Holy Ghost conviction of sin and by a work of repentance whereby a man changes his heart, changes his mind, changes his attitude, changes his companions, changes his character and changes every part of his being. "If any man be in Christ he is a new creature," Hallelujah! "Old things have passed away and all things have become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).


Dr. Harry Ironside, the great American preacher, was in San Francisco one day on a Sabbath afternoon. As he passed down Market Street there was a Salvation Army open-air meeting in progress. Dr. Ironside belonged to the Brethren, but he had started his spiritual life in the Salvation Army. He was immediately recognised, and the Captain said, "Sir, would you not come and give us a word?" The great preacher went into the open-air ring and gave a word of personal testimony and preached the Gospel. There was a man there and he handed Dr. Ironside his card. When the preacher looked at the words on that card he read, "Arthur Morrow Lewis".

Arthur Morrow Lewis was the greatest of all the agnostic and atheistical lecturers in the United States of America. Lewis said, "Sir, I challenge you to debate. Next Sunday afternoon instead of being in the open-air you come to the Academy of Sciences. I will pay all the expenses, and we will debate Agnosticism versus Christianity".

Harry Ironside replied, "Sir, I have an engagement next Sunday, but I will put off the engagement, if such a debate is worth while, but that debate can only be worth while on one condition. You will have to bring a man to the platform and that man must be a man that sunk down into sin, into crime, and into evil, but through hearing you and your atheistical agnostic unbelieving message, suddenly was changed. He gave up his crime. He gave up his evil living, his evil thinking, and he is now an upright character, a pillar of society."


Then he said, "Sir, you will have to bring a woman, a woman that lost her virtue on the streets of this great city but through hearing you she has created in her heart a hatred for all her past. She has turned from her evil living and she is now choosing virtue, choosing honour, choosing truth, and choosing honesty.

"I for my part, sir, I will bring a hundred men whom the Gospel that I preach has changed completely. I will bring them from the places they used to frequent, the pubs and the clubs and the liquor shops of this great city. [5] I will read you the record they had as they lived for the Devil. Then I will read you the record that they have since Christ changed them.

"I will also bring a hundred women who in the very streets of this city were lost in their sin, but now they have been cleansed in my Saviour's Blood. They are now women of integrity, virtue, purity and righteousness."

Then Harry Ironside said, "Now, sir, will you take up the challenge?" Arthur Morrow Lewis bowed his head and left the open-air meeting. His message could not change a man. His message could not transform a fallen woman, but, thank God, Jesus Christ in His converting power can save to the very uttermost all that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us.


I believe in conversion. I believe that except a person is born again they cannot see the kingdom of God. I believe that you can know you are saved. I believe that you can be sure you are saved. I believe that you can be dead-on certain that you are saved, and I believe that you can enjoy the fulness of God's wonderful, everlasting salvation.

In the providence of Almighty God I was given the best possible start in life, and the best possible start in life is not to be born into a rich home, not to be born in the king's palace, nor to be born in the upper crust of society - the best possible start in life is to be born into a Christian home. To have a Dad that can pray and get answers to his prayers, to have a mother who sings the babe to sleep, not with the raucous songs of earth but with the sweet melodies of heaven's gospel truths, that, my friend, is the greatest privilege that a person can have. And God gave me that privilege.


The first thing I can recollect is the family Bible, the prayer altar, and each member of the family repeating at that altar the great family prayer, "Our Father, which art in Heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name, Thy Kingdom come . . ."

I want to tell you, that family altar was an anchor to my soul in life. I want to tell you, friend, anything that I am, and I am not very much, anything I have been, and I have not been very much, anything I have accomplished, small as it is, I owe it to the grace of God and the prayers and the love and the example of the genuine Christianity which I saw in the life and heart of my parents.

My mother conducted children's meetings in the church in Ballymena, Hill Street Baptist Church, where my Dad was the Pastor. I attended those services, I listened to the Word of God. On the 29th day of May 1936, as [6] a boy of six years my mother spoke on my text, tonight I see she has it well marked in her Bible. My mother's Bible is well marked and thumbed. I see the marks of teardrops on the pages, because in the days of trial she went to the Word of God for her comfort. I can see the marks of a Bible well studied with cross references written in because she was a woman that believed in comparing Scripture with Scripture. The text is, "I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep".


After my mother was dead my Dad handed to me a little case with her Bible, and he said to me, "Son, I think you will find some interesting papers in that case," and I did. I found what to me is the most priceless piece of paper that I could possess. It is the notes of that little children's address which she gave that night when I was born again. It is the simple. story. It is the story of the Great Shepherd.

We were singing it tonight, "I have a Shepherd, One I love so well, How He has blessed me tongue can never tell, On the Cross He suffered, Shed His Blood and died, That I might ever in His love confide". After the service was over, when the other boys and girls ran down the stairs from the Church Hall, I lingered behind. I went forward and told my mother that I wanted to come to Jesus. We went down into the Church, and at the second pew on the right-hand side we knelt down and as a lad I came to Jesus.

I did not know much theology but I knew that I was a sinner. "What?" you say, "How could a child of six know the reality of sin?" Because the Holy Ghost had taught me. I wept over my sin. I saw that my heart was deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. I saw that one sin was so heinous in the sight of God that it deserved the wrath of God for evermore. I saw that at the Cross sin must be an awful thing, when the only way to save me from it was that Christ must die. What a text this is, "I am the Good Shepherd, the Good Shepherd giveth His Life for the sheep".


You go home tonight and look up the Gospel of John and you will find there are seven "I Ams" in the Gospel. They all speak of representation of supernatural things except one: "I am the Bread of Life"; "I am the Light of the world"; "I am the Door of the sheep"; "I am the Resurrection and the Life"; "I am the true and living way" - "The Way, the Truth and the Life"; "I am the true Vine". Right in the middle of the, the fourth one, brings out the Person of Christ, He is the Good Shepherd. You could not get a better description of the Son of God than that. What is a shepherd? A shepherd [7] is the minder, the keeper, the preserver of the sheep.

In my mother's notes she says, "There are three dangers that all the lambs of the flock must be guarded from, the danger of disease; the danger of the devourer and the danger of death."

There came One Good Shepherd into the world, and He saw the danger of disease - the disease of sin in the human race. He saw the danger of the devourer; that the Devil is as a roaring lion going about seeking when he may devour. He saw the danger of death, for sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.

What did the Good Shepherd do? He died that we might live. He gave His Life a ransom for the many.

Look at that text and what does it say? Its Words are special, "He giveth". It is a gift. "No man taketh it from me. I am giving it freely, lovingly, fully, totally, absolutely." What is He giving? He is giving the life. But let me say something, the life of the flesh is in the blood. He was giving His Precious Blood upon that Cross of Calvary, giving it for His sheep.


Turn in your Bible just for a moment to Isaiah chapter 53. Let me show you something in that great chapter. Isaiah chapter 53, verse 6. It is a verse which starts with the little Word 'All' and it also finishes with the little Word 'All'. "All we like sheep have gone astray, we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all".

Do you know how you are saved? You go in at the first 'all' - "All we like sheep have gone astray". That is what you have to learn first of all, that you are a sinner, astray, lost, undone, that no Church, no Baptism, no Religion, no good works, no righteousness of your own can save you, "All we like sheep have gone astray".

But then you come out on the other 'all' - "The Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all". So the second step is Calvary. Jesus Christ said a simple thing. He said, "As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have eternal life".

Listen to it tonight. Salvation is in the Good Shepherd Who giveth His Life for the sheep. Sinner friend, go in at the first "all", confess you are astray, confess you are lost, confess you are sinful, but come out at the last "All" - "He has laid on Him the iniquity of us all".


I was reading last night an incident that took place in the life of the great Dr. Wilbur Chapman whose associate, Alexander, produced the famous [8] Alexander Hymn Book used in the Chapman/Alexander Meetings. He said, "After twenty-five years of age only one in one thousand are ever saved. After thirty-five years of age only one in fifty thousand are ever saved. After forty-five years only one in two hundred thousand are ever saved. After seventy years only one in seven hundred thousand are ever saved."

If you are twenty-five years of age and you are not saved there is a one thousand to one chance that you will ever be saved, humanly speaking. If you are seventy-five years of age there is a seven hundred thousand chance to one that you will ever be saved.

Chapman went on to say, "I was addressing a great meeting, there were four thousand, five hundred people present. I tested the meeting and of the four thousand, five hundred people present, eighteen hundred and seventy-five were unsaved. Of four hundred of the saved people, they were all saved before they were ten years of age. Of six hundred people in the meeting, they were saved between ten and fourteen. Another six hundred were saved between fourteen and sixteen. A thousand were saved between sixteen and twenty. But only twenty-four people of a crowd of four thousand, five hundred were saved after they were thirty-five years of age." Those are startling figures.

I want to punch home that truth with these words:

"Be in time,
Be in time,
While the voice of Jesus calls you,
Be in time.

If in sin you longer wait,
You may find no open gate,
And your cry be just too late,
Be in time."

May God grant that every man and woman that has heard me this night will be in time!


New Church and Sunday School Complex Opened at Castlederg

A beautiful and spacious new Church Building and Sabbath School Complex was opened on Saturday the 14th June at 3.30 for the use of the Castlederg Free Presbyterian Congregation.

The place was packed to overflowing for the opening ceremony and the first meeting in the new Church. The proceedings were led by the Rev. David Fletcher, the minister of the Church. Outside the building Messrs. J. Sproule and J. Harpur the builders presented the Moderator of the Church, the Rev. Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, M.R, M.E.R, M.RA. with the key. Prayer was offered

(Continued on page 30)



One of the most tragic reactions of the present-day apostasy is the reluctance of the Lord's people to accept the full orbed revelation of God. This is seen in the fact that so few are really willing to accept the truth concerning the Precious Blood of the Covenant. Particularly is this so in regard to the fact that the Blood is now an objective reality in the Throne. Indeed, some regard such a statement as unsound. [17]


In the light of this fact, it is interesting to notice that Spurgeon was not slow to declare this truth. In Sermon 851, he says: "But here is the wonder of wonders: when the eternal love of God had brought you so near, so gloriously near, it did not stop there; it did not content itself with making you a priest, but it said, 'You shall stand in Christ Jesus'; and beloved, you know that this means that we are made as near Christ Himself, Who, as the Great High Priest, with Blood in His hand, goes right into the veil, right up to the mercy-seat, and talks with God." Again, in Sermon 1203, we have these words: "There must have been a pool of blood all round the altar, or at any rate a crimsoned line." What did it signify? Did it not show that our only access to God was by the Blood? They were washed, and robed, and anointed, yet they could not reach the altar till the way to it had been paved with atoning blood. Oh, my brother, there is no way for thee to God as His priest, except through the Precious Blood. We cannot draw near to God, or serve Him aright, if we forget the blood of atonement. Our standing is upon and within the blood of sprinkling; we must bring our prayers, preachings, almsgivings, and all other things, to the altar around which the Blood is poured. In vain are all our good works, which are not so presented. See ye well to this, my brethren; it is essential beyond all else."


Still further, in Sermon 708, we have the following: "Abel, being dead, yet speaketh, saith the apostle, and we know to our abiding comfort that the Blood of Jesus pleads before the eternal throne. All blood has a voice, for God is jealous of its preservation; the blood of excellent and just men has a more heavenly speech still, but the voice of the Blood of Jesus far surpasses all, and among ten thousand voices it bears the palm . . . The blood of Abel was not voiceless, and the Blood of Jesus was not dumb; it cried so as to be heard amid the thrones of heaven, and blessed be God, it spoke for us and not against us; it spake not worse things as it well might have done, but better things than that of Abel." . . . "I know you will tell me you cannot pray; oh, what a mercy it is that the Blood can, and when you cannot plead so as to prevail, the Blood pleads . . . Come, let us go afresh to the fountain, let us look anew to the Cross, for the Blood speaks still. Still in effect our Lord Jesus bleeds today as much as He did eighteen hundred years ago, for the Blood is just as certain in its power with God at the present moment as when the thief said, 'Lord remember me.' . . . Come, then, and link thyself with the infallible prevalent plea of the Precious Blood, and it is all well with thee, all safe with thee, and safe forever." [18]

Another powerful utterance is found in sermon 1915: "Think, brethren and sisters, though we have been forgiven through the Precious Blood, yet we in many things offend, and therefore we need every day a fresh application of the blood of sprinkling." One cannot help but smile at the idea of Spurgeon being accused of being unsound!! How persistently he preached the Blood; how mightily God blessed his testimony to it; how his sermons live today! And surely the reason is that "the Blood is the Life." When I was in college, I heard the son of C.H.S. say that if a red mark had been made in the Tabernacle (and it seated 3,000), every time Spurgeon mentioned the Blood, it would have been red from end to end!


Thomas Goodwin says, in vol. 9, page 31 2: "For at the first conversion He pardoned all, and all at once; but His course of pardoning thy sins, after calling, is but by driblets (as we say), or by lesser sums; for He now pardons you afresh every day, as thou committest them, and humblest thy self for them. And so that of John is fulfilled, 'The Blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin', which words note out a continued act: for such it is to a soul after calling, that Blood becomes a fountain, fons perennis, that daily runs and washeth (Zech. 1 3: 1). 'In that day there shall be opened a fountain to the house of David, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and uncleanness' - that is, it continues to be such after it hath been first opened, as at conversion it begins to be. Afore conversion, Christ was the Rock which Moses struck; it had stood long in the Israelites' view; it flowed not at all until Moses applied his rod to it; but, when once struck, it became a continual river that followed them, and that Rock was Christ (as I Cor. 10:4), and that Water was His Blood, which, when once opened, it runs continually, and runs with ease, without any force or violence used, and in that manner washeth out the stain of daily sins with far more ease and expedition (if any such difference may be supposed) than it did in those guilts of a deeper dye, that had continued from man's infancy, till then, and which at first conversion a man was found guilty of."

Again, in vol. 4, page 77, he says: "Christ's Blood hath in its cry here a further advantage of Abel's blood, attributed to it. For that cried but from earth, 'from the ground', where it lay shed, and that for an answerable earthly punishment on Cain, as he was a man upon earth; but Christ's Blood is carried up to heaven: for as the High Priest carried the blood of the sacrifices into the Holy of Holies, so hath Christ virtually carried His Blood into heaven." (Heb. 9:12).


Another of the great old Puritans was Stephen Charnock. He says: "The [19] Blood of Christ cleanseth, not hath cleansed, or shall cleanse. This notes a continued act. There is a perpetual pleading of it for us, a continual flowing of it to us. It is a fountain set open for sin (Zech. 13: 1). There is a constant streaming of virtue from this blood, as there is a corruption from our nature. It was shed but once; it is applied often; and the virtue of it is as durable as the Person Whose Blood it is."

These extracts from the writings of the great stalwarts of the faith in days gone by will help to comfort and establish us in the faith once for all delivered to the saints. It is, on the other hand, a matter of great grief that so many children of God are more ready to believe error than they are to receive the truth. The Devil is very cunning. He is urging one set of people to teach that the Blood has no application to believers. Another lot he drives to the opposite extreme, and makes them teach that the Blood has no application to sinners. To whom, then, can the Blood be applied?


Three errors, then, prevail, and need to be refuted with all the holy vigour which the Eternal Spirit can bestow.

The first is that the Blood of Christ passed away and ceased to be. There is no such statement in Scripture, and we are not at liberty to follow our own thoughts, because this is equivalent to setting up a new revelation.

The second is that the Blood does not apply to sinners. Who, then, can be saved?

The third is that the Blood does not apply to believers. Who, then, can be sanctified, seeing that it says, in Hebs. 13:12, "Wherefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own Blood, suffered without the gate"?

One can only pray, and that constantly, that the Lord, in His mercy, will raise up a noble army which will bear powerful and unflinching testimony to the cleansing, consecrating, and conquering power of the Blood of the Lamb; and let our battle song be found in the words of Frances Ridley Havergal:

Precious Blood, by this we conquer
In the fiercest fight,
Sin and Satan overcoming
By its might.

Precious, Precious Blood of Jesus,
Ever flowing free,
Oh, believe it; oh, receive it -
'Tis for thee.



INSIDE INSIGHT: a page of inspirational poetry presented each month by Rhonda Paisley


Could we but draw back the curtains
That surround each other's lives,
See the naked hearts and spirits,
Know what spurs the action gives,
Often we would find it better,
Purer than we judged we should.
We would love each other better,
If we only understood.

Could we judge all deeds by motives,
See the good and bad within,
Often we should love the sinner
All the while we loathed the sin.
Could we know the powers working
In the heart's integrity,
We should judge each other's errors
With more patient charity.

Yes, we judge each other harshly
Knowing not life's hidden force;
Knowing not the fount of action
Is less turbid at its source.'
Seeing not amid the evil
All the golden grains of good,
We should love each other better
If we only understood.

- Anon. - [29]


Not more of light I ask, O God,
But eyes to see what is;
Not sweeter songs, but ears to hear
The present melodies.

Not more of strength, but how to use
The power that I possess;
Not more of love, but skill to turn
A frown to a caress.

Not more of joy, but how to feel
Its kindly presence near -
To give to others all I have
Of courage and of cheer.

No other gifts, dear God, I ask,
But only sense to see
How best these precious gifts to use
Thou hast bestowed on me.

- Author unknown -


In the still air the music lies unheard;
In the rough marble beauty hides unseen;
To wake the music and the beauty, needs
The Master's touch, the Sculptor's chisel keen.

Great Master, touch us with Thy skilful hand!
Let not the music that is in us die;
Great Sculptor, hew and polish us, nor let,
Hidden and lost, Thy form within us lie!

Spare not the stroke! do with us as Thou wilt,
Complete Thy purpose, that we may become
Thy perfect image, O our God and Lord!

- Horatius Bonar - [30]

New Church and Sunday School Complex Opened at Castlederg (continued from page 8)

by the Rev. T. H. Cairns of Omagh, and the Church was officially declared open in the Name of Jesus Christ the Great King and only Head of the Church, for the defence of the faith once for all delivered to the saints for the preaching of the Gospel of free and sovereign grace and for the exaltation of the Son of God.

The Service inside commenced with the singing of the great Psalm, Psalm One Hundred and Twenty-Four which has become the Motto Psalm of the Free Presbyterian Church, "Now Israel may say, And that truly, If the Lord had not our cause maintained". The senior minister of the Church, the Rev. Harry Cairns, opened with prayer. The special soloist was the Rev. R. T. William McCrea, M.P., M.P.A., the Member of Parliament for the area. His first piece was "Because He Lives".

The Rev. Ron Johnstone, the minister of Clogher Valley Church, read the Scripture, Acts chapter 1, verses 15 to 20: Acts chapter 8, verses 9 to 24 and Acts chapter 13, verses 6 to 12. The Hymn 398 in our own Hymn Book was sung, "Forward be our Watchword". The announcements and acknowledgments were made by the minister, and a Building Fund offering was taken up which came to almost 5,500.

Then the Hymn "Let us sing of His love once again" was sung, and greetings from Presbytery were brought by the Rev. Hillis Fleming, the minister of the Protestant Reformers Free Presbyterian Church, Liverpool.

The soloist Mr. McCrea then sang the piece, "God leads His dear children along", and brought greetings as M.R for the area to those who were visitors that day in his constituency.

Dr. Paisley then preached the sermon entitled, "A Rope for the Traitor", illustrated in the life of Judas Iscariot, and then, secondly, "No Scope for the Faker", illustrated in the life of Simon. Then, "All Grope for the Perverters", illustrated in the life of Elymas the sorcerer. God gave His servant great liberty and power in the preaching of the Word.

The Service concluded with the singing of the Hymn, "When Israel out of bondage came, A sea before them lay". Then the Rev. Ken Elliott, who had a Tent Mission, while he was minister of Omagh, in Castlederg which led to the formation of the Castlederg Congregation, led in the closing prayer, and pronounced the Benediction.

A sumptuous tea was served to the Congregation by the ladies of Castlederg.

The Rev. Ivan Foster opened an evangelistic campaign on the Sabbath afternoon to a full house of people. Dr. Paisley preached for four nights during the week, and the first night three young people professed faith in Christ.

Pray for our brethren and sisters in Castlederg that God will give them a real movement of His Spirit in revival power!

It is interesting to note that the new Church and Sunday School Complex is built on a site where a great Revival Meeting was held in the year 1859, when 4,000 people gathered, and when many souls were won for Christ. Surely we can say, Brethren, we are treading where the saints have trod! [31]


The next thing is co-operate. God is not going to do anything when we do surrender what we have unless we co-operate in the use of the thing surrendered to Him.

I remember when I was just in the beginning of my ministry, I was brought to see what I am talking to you about now. I was in a meeting where great stress was made upon what I am stressing today, and I came to see it; and I said, "Lord, when I go back home, I will be a surrendered stick." I was not much more than a stick. I was a stick in body, just a frail thing hardly able to go, and I was a stick in experience, for I had only just entered the ministry about two years prior to that. I said, "I am surrendered absolutely, and I will co-operate in anything you want in the little that I have." I did not hear anything more from God for a little while, until I got home; and somehow, just at the time that I stepped off the train, I thought about a social club that we had in that city which was a dirty, gambling, liquor drinking, dance-revelling hole; nothing else could express it. I knew it, everybody else around there knew it. The big folks in the town most all belonged to it. They would go to those midnight revels and get drunk, men and women, and be hauled home, and nobody ever said anything about it.


Just as I stepped off the train I felt a distinct touch from the Almighty: "I want you to get after that club, and we will put it out of business" - I went straight to my study and wrote my advertisement for the paper - and, thank the Lord, the paper was not so subsidised as not to publish my advertisement - that I was going to pay my respects to that club, and called it by name, and show the dirtiness that had been carried on through its practices by the high-life people of our city. One of my deacons, as soon as he saw it, came hustling to my office.

"Are you going to do that, Pastor?"

"Yes," I said.

"I have. come to advise you not to do it." [32]

"But I have advice from heaven, where I got this order. God has told me to go after that thing, and I am going after it six feet long."

"Well," said he, "I have come from a meeting of out Board of Deacons, and they say you just must not do it. We are getting ready to build a new church, and we will need the backing of all the financial people. You must not say anything that hurts the town."


"You go back," I said, "and tell them to attend to their job as deacons of this church as effectively as I am trying to attend to mine, and we will not have any trouble in this church."

He went back and told them, and they were as hot as fire. Sunday night I did what I said, and the next day I never saw such a fuss as there was in that town. The whole town was stirred up; they were mad and glad. The Mayor called a meeting of his conferees, and they said, "This man has got to be hushed; he will ruin the town." They sent to me, and I said, "I cannot hush."

I went down that afternoon just to walk around, and as I did so I came past the store of this deacon I have been telling about, the one who had advised me not to talk about the club. As I was passing he came out the door.

"Good morning, Pastor, where are you going?"

"Nowhere, specially, I was just walking around."

"Well, come in. I was just starting for you. I want you to come in. Our deacons are here in my office, and they want to see you."


I thought they wanted my resignation, and I was going to give it to them too. I went in, and I said, "Hey! Fellows." They all looked bad, and this deacon who had taken the lead, one of the most prominent business men in the town, said, "Pastor, will you sit down?" I said, "Oh, yes!"

He said, "I want to apologise to you. I was a member of that club, and I was chairman of the executive committee of it; but I am not now, thank God, I have come out of it; and we called you in here to say to you that we want to apologise. We know about this dirt, and we want to put our hands behind you . . ." and then we all got to crying.

Finally, I said, "Well, what are you going to do, just cry it out?"

"No; we are going right up here now and see the mayor and tell him that thing has got to be closed up."

They went up to see the mayor, and it was closed, in three days.