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Catherine Booth

Catherine Booth (1829 - 1890)

Read freely text sermons and articles by the speaker Catherine Booth in text and pdf format. Was the wife of the founder of The Salvation Army, William Booth. Because of her influence in the formation of The Salvation Army she was known as the 'Mother of The Salvation Army'. She became a partner in her husband’s work and soon found her own sphere as a powerful preacher. She also spoke to people in their homes, especially to alcoholics, whom she helped to make a new start in life. Often she held cottage meetings for converts. She eventually began to hold her own campaigns. Many agree that no man of her era, including her husband, exceeded her in popularity or spiritual results.

Catherine Booth was eloquent and compelling in speech, articulate and devastatingly logical in writing, she had for over twenty years defended the right of women to preach the gospel on the same terms as men. At first, Catherine and her husband had shared a ministry as traveling evangelists, but then she came into great demand as a preacher in her own right, especially among the well-to-do. A woman preacher was a rare phenomenon in a world where women had few civil rights, and no place in the professions. Catherine Booth was both a woman and a fine preacher, a magnetic combination that attracted large numbers to hear her and made its own statement about the validity of women’s ministry.

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"COMPEL THEM TO COME IN"
       ON a certain Sabbath, some years ago, I was passing down a narrow, thickly-populated street on my way to hear a much-honoured minister of Christ, anticipating an evening's enjoyment for myself and hoping to see some anxious ones brought into the kingd ... read more

A PURE GOSPEL
       ACTS xxvi. 15-20.-"And I said, Who art thou, Lord? And he said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which th ... read more

A TRUE AND A FALSE FAITH
       GALATIANS V. 6.-- `For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.' JAMES ii. 20.-- `But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?' ROMANS iii. 31.-- `Do we then ... read more

A TRUE AND A FALSE PEACE
       JEREMIAH vi. 14.-`They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.' PEACE is the universal want of man. Everywhere and always the race is in a state of unrest, `tossing like a trouble ... read more

A True and False Peace
       PEACE is the universal want of man. Everywhere and always the race is in a state of unrest, seeking rest and finding none. Consequently, men adopt many counterfeits, and try to satisfy the aching void of their souls with the opiates of Satan. ... read more

ADAPTATION OF MEASURES
       I HAVE chosen, this afternoon, five or six different passages all exhibiting the principle of Adaptation, on which I am to speak. The first is 1 Cor. ix. 20-22: "And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are u ... read more

AGGRESSION
       MARK xvi. 15.--"Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature." ACTS xxvi. 16-18.--"Rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness . . . unto whom now I send th ... read more

Aggressive Christianity
      "And He said to them, 'Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to all creation.'" -Mark 16:15 "And I said, 'Who art Thou, Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom you are persecuting. But arise, and stand on your feet; for this purpose I ... read more

ASSURANCE OF SALVATION
       ROMANS vii. 4.--"Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God." IN answer to letters re ... read more

Being Like God
       IT must be self-evident to a great many people that the most important question that can possibly occupy the mind of man is how much like God we can be and how near to Him we can come on earth, preparatory to our being perfectly like Him and living ... read more

CHARITY AND CONFLICT
       1 CORINTHIANS 13:13.--"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." ANOTHER characteristic of this Divine Charity is, that it OFTEN INVOLVES CONFLICT. It was so with our Lord. He was the very personific ... read more

CHARITY AND LONELINESS
       1 CORINTHIANS 13:13.--"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." THE POSSESSION OF THIS DIVINE CHARITY OFTEN NECESSITATES WALKING IN A LONELY PATH. Not merely in opposition and persecution, but alone ... read more

CHARITY AND REBUKE
       1 CORINTHIANS 13:13.--"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." THE second main point of difference between a true and a false Charity, we want to remark, is, that DIVINE CHARITY IS NOT ONLY CONSIST ... read more

Christianity and the Real Warfare
       CHRIST'S soldiers must be imbued with the spirit of the war. Love to the King and concern for His interests must be the master passion of the soul. Without this, all outward effort, even that which springs from a sense of duty, will fail. The hards ... read more

CONDITIONS OF EFFECTUAL PRAYER
       JOHN 15:7.--"If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." MARK 11:24.--"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall hav ... read more

Courtship by Principle
       WHO can wonder that marriage is so often a failure when we observe the ridiculous way in which courtship is commonly carried on? Would not any partnership result disastrously that was entered into in so blind and senseless a fashion? Perhaps the ... read more

DEALING WITH ANXIOUS SOULS AN ADDRESS TO CHRISTIAN WORKERS
       I HAVE long desired to say a few words on the subject of dealing with the anxious. It seems to me that if there is one work in the vineyard more important than another it is that of guiding souls in this the most momentous crisis of their being. A mis ... read more

ENTHUSIASM AND FULL SALVATION
       (An address delivered in Exeter Hall) REFERRING to the hymn which had just been sung, Mrs. Booth said: What a meeting, indeed! What a meeting, when I trust there will be tens of thousands of blood-washed souls there to greet us as instrumental in ... read more

FEMALE MINISTRY -OR- WOMAN'S RIGHT TO PREACH THE GOSPEL
       THE first and most common objection urged against the public exercises of women, is, that they are unnatural and unfeminine. Many labour under a very great but common mistake, viz., that of confounding nature with custom. Use, or custom, makes things ... read more

FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT
       ACTS i. 4.--"And being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father." EPHESIANS V. 18.-"Be filled with the Spirit." I THOUGHT, perhaps, it would meet a diffic ... read more

HALTING BETWEEN TWO OPINIONS
       1 KINGS xviii. 21.- `And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow Him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.' You who are familiar with this histor ... read more

HEART BACKSLIDING
       REV. ii, 1-5.--"Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks. 2. I know thy works and thy labour, and thy patience, and h ... read more

HINDRANCES TO HOLINESS -- V
       I SHALL try, in the short time I may occupy, to go straight to the point--to some of the difficulties and hindrances which I know are keeping not a few here today out of the enjoyment of the blessing. I know there are some here who are satisfied th ... read more

HIS WRATH
       REVELATION vi. 17.-`For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?' THERE have been some terrible days of wrath in the past history of this world. That was a day of wrath when, wearied by the cry of their sins and iniquities, ... read more

HOT SAINTS
       REV. iii. 15.--"I would thou wert cold or hot." WHY does God like people to be hot in His service? For the same reasons that we like people to be hot in ours. We have no confidence in half-and-half, fast-and-loose friends; milk-warm adherents who in ... read more

HOUSEHOLD GODS
       Notes of three addresses, Delivered in Steinway Hall, Regent Street "Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?"-Romans vi. 16. ... read more

HOW CHRIST TRANSCENDS THE LAW
       ROMANS viii. 3, 4.--"For what the Law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the Law might be fulfilled in u ... read more

HOW TO CONSECRATE
       How is it that so many people go to Meetings and hear about this consecration and faith, and then fail in carrying it out in their lives? What is the hindrance? It seems to me that this is largely because they do not receive what God has revealed, ... read more

HOW TO WORK FOR GOD WITH SUCCESS
       MATT. 21:28.--"Son, go work today in my vineyard." LUKE 14:23.--"Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." I AM to speak this afternoon of some needful qualifications for successful labour; and I say: First, that there are certain l ... read more

Its Cowardly Service vs. The Real Warfare
      The subject for this afternoon is The Cowardly Service of Popular Christianity in contrast with the Real Warfare which Christ demands of His People. I should like to say before I commence, that I hope, nay, I believe, that many of my audience will giv ... read more

Its False Christs Compared With The Christ Of God
      The Christs of the Nineteenth Century I suppose there will be no division of opinion in my audience as to the fact that humanity needs a Christ, -- that everywhere and in all ages, men and women have been, and are still conscious of a strife with evil ... read more

Its Mock Salvation vs. A Real Deliverance From Sin
      I suppose that most of those present this afternoon are aware that the subject is "A mock salvation in comparison with Christ's salvation"-- deliverance from sin. As I said last week with respect to a Christian, so I may say this week with respect to s ... read more

Its Sham Compassion vs. The Dying Love Of Christ
      The Sham Compassion Benevolence has come somewhat into fashion of late. It has become the correct thing to do the slums, since the Prince of Wales did them; and this general idea of caring in some way or degree for the poor and wretched has extended i ... read more

Its Sham Judgment in Contrast With The Great White Throne
      Its Sham Judgment Many people dislike the very sound of the word judgment. They have abandoned, as far as they can, any belief in a judgment to come, and they ignore as uncharitable and severe any expression of judgment as to the doings and characters ... read more

MERCY AND JUDGMENT
       ROMANS ii. 4, 5, 6.- `Or despisest thou the riches of His goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against ... read more

NEVER READ AN EVIL BOOK
       If you chance on one, the moment you suspect its character, put it in the fire, and thus prevent it becoming a minister of death to any other soul. Do not lot your soul be soiled with evil; keep clean as far as you are clean. It is an infinite adva ... read more

NEW LIFE
       JOHN iii. 3.-`Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.' WE meet with a great many people in Meetings of this kind who seem to have a general notion of their ob ... read more

PREVAILING PRAYER
       I FEAR there are comparatively few Christians who know what prevailing prayer is, because they do not comply with the conditions on which alone it can be offered. I regard these conditions as threefold: 1st. Living and abiding union with Jesus. "If y ... read more

QUENCH NOT THE SPIRIT
       I THESSALONIANS V. 19.-`Quench not the Spirit.' THESE words imply the greatest wonder of human existence--the capacity in man to resist God. Truly, man is a wonderful being; and this is not surprising when we remember that he was made originally i ... read more

RELIGIOUS INDIFFERENCE
       ACTS xviii. 17 -`And Gallio cared for none of these things.' WHEN riding in the train a little while ago, I overheard a conversation between two gentlemen--a young man on one seat, and an elderly man opposite to him on the other. They were conve ... read more

SAVE THYSELF
       LUKE xiii. 23-25.-`Then said one unto Him, Lord, are there few that be saved,? And He said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able, when once the master of the house is r ... read more

SAVING FAITH
       ACTS 16:30, 31.--"And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." THIS is one of the most abused texts in the Bible, and one which, perhaps, h ... read more

SOWING AND REAPING
       GALATIANS vi. 7, 8.-`Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everla ... read more

STRONG DRINK VERSUS CHRISTIANITY
       THE subject upon which I have been requested to write a paper is, "'The Value of Temperance in connection with Religious Aggressive Effort." Before entering directly on the subject, I want to make two or three preliminary remarks, and, I. It may ... read more

The Faith that Saves
       ONE of the most abused texts in the Bible, and one which perhaps has been made to do as much work for the devil as for God, is that which occurs in the story of the conversion of the Philippian gaoler: "Then he . . . brought them out, and said, ... read more

THE FIRST QUESTIONABLE BOOK!!
       Here just let me say to you who are parents, whatever else you leave undone, train your children in moral courage. Teach them from five years old to be hold enough to say `No' to the tempter. Teach them to despise the man that can't bear to be laughed a ... read more

THE FRUITS OF UNION WITH CHRIST
       ROMANS, viii. 4.--"That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." WE dealt, on Sunday week, with "What the Law could not do;" and last Sabbath afternoon we dealt with "What Jes ... read more

THE NATURE OF CHARITY
       1 CORINTHIANS 13:13.--"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." IT must be a precious thing to be greater than FAITH, and greater than HOPE--it must, indeed, be precious! And just in proportion as thi ... read more

THE NEED OF ATONEMENT
       ROMANS iii. 26.-`That He might be just, and the Justifier of him which believeth. in Jesus.' WE spoke, last Thursday night, especially on the misunderstanding of the scheme of redemption, as having been the cause of the indifference of a great many ( ... read more

THE PERFECT HEART
       2 CHRONICLES 16:9.--"For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him." You are, most of you, aware that this passage occurs, in the history of Asa, one ... read more

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