A Man Of God Unsanctified
"So he went back with him, and did eat bread in his house, and drank water" (1 Kings 13:19).
The Bible is the world's greatest textbook on morals. It often teaches by personal incidents and story illustrations. The most important truths are sometim ... read more
A Savor of Life Unto Life, Or of Death Unto Death
2 Cor. ii. 14-16.
Paul drew his imagery from the well known customs of his time. We have an example in that striking passage in 2 Cor. ii. 14-16: "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of ... read more
A Two-fold Disease And A Double Cure
"Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts ye double minded." -- James 4:8.
Health is the normal condition of moral beings. It is evidently what the Creator planned for all the beings He ... read more
Any Man's Lawyer
"My little children, these things write I unto you that ye may not sin [even once]. And if any man sin [once], we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and he is the propitiation for our sins; and not for our sins only, but also ... read more
Cleansing From All Sin
"God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all."
"If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth."
"But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and ... read more
Death Or Glory, Which?
TEXT: Rom. 8:5-14. "For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh: but they that are after the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace." -- Rom. 8:5, 6.
O ... read more
Dying To Live
A Baccalaureate Sermon Before the Graduating Class of Texas Holiness University, June 11, l905.
John xii. 23-28 "And Jesus answered them saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain ... read more
"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man: but each man is tempted, when he is drawn away by his own lusts, and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin ... read more
"I pray God your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved entire . . . faithful is he that calleth you who also will do it" (1 Thess. 5:23 R. V.)
He will keep the feet of his saints" (1 Sam. 2:9).
"He will give his angels charge over thee in a ... read more
Holiness Rejected Makes Strange Bedfellows
In my rounds in many states I have observed a remarkable spirit of union and fraternity among people who seemingly would have no bond of union whatever. Here are the conflicting theories of these separate classes.
1. There are those who proclaim very ... read more
Holiness Rejected Produces a Godless Christianity
The phrase "A Godless Christianity" sounds like a meaningless contradiction; an absurdity of speech. But let us not be too sure that it is meaningless. I am moved to write this by General Booth's graphic description of the dangers confronting the twent ... read more
Holiness Rejected Produces a Worldly and Barren Ministry
Every worthy man will seek to magnify his calling and make it honorable. Every true soul craves success. The nobler the occupation, the more honorable the ambition to succeed. Of all human callings, the most sacred and the most important is to stand as ... read more
Holy Like God
"But like as he which called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living, because it is written ye shall be holy for I am holy" -- 1 Peter 1:15,16.
The word "like" suggests at once the divinely implanted principle of imitativ ... read more
How To Obtain The Blessing Of Sanctification
"The Lord, Whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple" (Malachi 3:1).
"Ye are the temple of God" (1 Cor. 3:16).
A growing number of Christians are inquiring about the experience of sanctification. Multitudes wish to get rid of the carnal ... read more
It Brings Power
Power is universally coveted. Men love to gratify ambition and be dominant. Achievement will bring notoriety and publicity; conquest will be succeeded by renown. Authority calls forth the consideration and obeisance of others. How highly these things are ... read more
Mocking At Sin
"Fools make a mock at sin." Prov. xiv. 9.
Sin is the virus of spiritual beings, the moral malaria of God's universe. Its very existence is mysterious; its birth is unexplainable; its influence is subtle, and its results are awful in the extreme. W ... read more
"The heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live" (Eccle. 9:3).
God uses the most striking language conceivable about the wickedness of the human heart. "Every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was ... read more
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
Preached Before the State Association of the Congregational Churches of Pennsylvania
Rom. 1:16: "For I am not ashamed of the gospel; for it is the power of God unto salvation."
In these days of Gospel triumphs, the boldness and full significance ... read more
Pentecost Received Results in Walking with God and Separation from the World
God's Word On The Subject
Gen. 17:1: "The Lord appeared unto Abraham and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; WALK before Me, and be thou perfect."
Deut. 5:33: "Ye shall WALK in all the ways which the Lord your God hath comma ... read more
Pentecost Rejected; and its effect on the churches
So long as the early Christian Church frequented the Pentecostal chamber, her career was one of unbroken triumphs. While her leaders were sanctified, and her preachers spoke their gospel messages with the power of the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, the ... read more
Pledge Of Faith
"Now, as I have given myself to Thee, I will, from this time forth, regard myself as Thine. I believe Thou dost accept the offering that I bring. I put all on the altar. I believe the altar sanctifieth the gift. I believe the blood is applied NOW as I co ... read more
Receiving The Holy Ghost
"Receive ye the Holy Spirit" (John 20:22).
"Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed?" (Acts 19:2).
"Who have received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 10:47).
"Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law or by the hearing of faith?" (G ... read more
Resisting the Holy Ghost
Sermon by A. M. HIlls, President of Texas Holiness University, delivered at Salvation Park Camp-meeting, Carthage, O., Sunday morning, June 26, 1905.
(Scripture lesson, Acts 7:51, 60.)
The words of my text are found in that 51st verse: "Ye stiffn ... read more
Sanctified By Faith
"That they may receive remission of sins and an inheritance among all them that are sanctified by faith in me." -- Acts 26:18.
God has through His Word announced many conditions of receiving the Spirit in sanctifying power.
1. -- There is the ... read more
I Thess. 5:23, 24: "And may your spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless . . . . Faithful is He that calleth you, who also will do it." -- GREEK and R. V.
Many preachers and teachers and honest Christians do not understand that the Bible tea ... read more
The Cleansing Baptism
Acts xv. 8, 9, 11: "And God, which knoweth the heart, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us; and he made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith . . . . But we believe that we shall be saved thr ... read more
The Denial of the Heart-cleansing Work of the Holy Ghost
A PARTIAL REJECTION OF PENTECOST
There is a class of religious teachers who champion Pentecost, but belittle the experience. They commend the baptism with the Holy Ghost, but deny its efficacy to cleanse the heart from inbred sin. By thus subtracting ... read more
The Heavenly Vision
In spite of the stares of the wise, and the world's derision, Dare travel the star-blazed road,dare follow the Vision.
The world is a vapor, and only the Vision is real -- Yea, nothing can hold against hell but the Winged Ideal. -- Edwin Markham
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The Personal Element of Religion
Rom. xii. 6; Matt. xxv. 15; 1 Tim. iv. 14.
Parts of three verses of Scripture put together make remarkable reading, and teach us impressive lessons much needed by us all.
Here they are:
Rom. xii. 6. "Having gifts differing according to the gr ... read more
The Promise Of The Father
"And being assembled with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which ye have heard of me." -- Acts 1:4.
First things first, is the law of successful achievement. A trained and effic ... read more
The Reason For Our Hope
"But sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet with meekness and fear" (1 Peter 3:15).
The commentator Godbey asks: "How shall we sanctify ... read more
The Second Blessing in Experience, in Theology and in Scripture
THE SECOND BLESSING IN EXPERIENCE, IN THEOLOGY, AND IN THE BIBLE
1 Thess. V. 23: "And the God of peace himself sanctify you wholly."
George Fox was born in 1624. He was one of the first of the modern apostles of h ... read more
The Sin-principle Condemned To Death
"There is there fore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus ... For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of the sin [principle] and of the death. For what the law could not do, in that it was, weak throu ... read more
The Uttermost Salvation
"Wherefore also Christ is able to save to the uttermost them that draw near unto God through him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them" -- Heb. 7:25.
This is a desperately wicked world. Every daily paper proves it, every police court, ... read more
The Will Of God
"For this is the will of God, even your sanctification" (1 Thess. 4:3).
It is pleasant to know that somebody is willing for us to be sanctified. Often the Church is not. Sanctification is peculiarly a Methodist doctrine, but we have known presiding ... read more
Things That Accompany Salvation
"Things that accompany salvation" (Heb. 6:9).
How much the word "SALVATION" means! Print it large; for it stands for the greatest experience that comes to man in time or eternity. Man is born with a proclivity to evil, a heart estranged from holin ... read more
What Christ Said About Holiness
Pentecost filled the world with its fame. It was an epochal hour in Christian history. It might almost be said to have revolutionized the spiritual activities of the kingdom of God among men. It was the subject of prophecy hundreds of years before the eve ... read more
What Holiness Is
We have seen in the foregoing discussion how very much is said about this Pentecostal experience in the New Testament. The verb "sanctify" is used twenty times, and the noun "sanctification" ten times; and such words as "holy," "perfect," "righte ... read more
What is Man That Thou Art Mindful of Him?
Psa. viii. 3-4: "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou hast ordained; What is man that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man that thou visitest him?"
The starry heavens have always called forth ... read more
What James and John Said About Holiness
We have already seen in previous chapters what Jesus and Paul and Peter seemed to think of the importance of the Pentecostal experience. The evidence is ample, yea, superabundant. They undeniably regarded the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit as a sec ... read more
What Paul Said About Holiness 1
Paul wrote the Thessalonians as Christians, unquestionably declaring them to be such in the first chapter; and in the third chapter he as certainly prays that they may have a second work of grace in their hearts, "to the end he may stablish your hearts u ... read more
What Paul Said About Holiness 2
The Apostle Paul is the wisest interpreter and expounder of the gospel of Christ that the ages have produced. It becomes supremely important to learn what he thought of the Pentecostal experience. Did he believe in a distinct, epochal spiritual experience ... read more
What Paul Said About Holiness 3
We have seen in the previous two chapters that the chief of the apostles wrote to the Thessalonians his first epistle, urging them in the most explicit terms to seek entire sanctification as a second work of grace. It was a church only recently converted ... read more
What Paul Said About Holiness 4
The apostle writes to the Philippians, his best-loved church. He cannot get through the first chapter without a prayer for their sanctification in these words (verses 9-11): "And this I pray . . . that ye may be sincere and void of offence till the day o ... read more
What Peter Said About Holiness
We have seen in previous chapters how highly Jesus and St. Paul estimated the importance of Pentecost. Paul was the wisest interpreter and greatest theologian of the Christian religion and Church. As we have seen, he urged the Pentecostal experience upon ... read more
What this Pentecostal Blessing is which People are Rejecting, and how it may be Obtained
If we were to take a text or two to indicate the Divine endorsement of our teaching and give added weight to our words, out of very many that might be taken we select two:
Rom. 6:6: "Knowing this that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body ... read more