History, 1838–1856, volume A-1 [23 December 1805–30 August 1834]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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to Almighty God, that He would give them wisdom to understand the truth.
April–May 1830
Amongst those who attended our meetings regularly, was son to .  He and I had now many and serious conversations on the  important subject of man’s eternal salvation: we had got into the habit of praying  much at our meetings and had said that he would try and take up his  cross, and pray vocally during meeting; but when we again met together, he rather  excused himself; I tryed to prevail upon him, making use of the figure, supposing  that he should get into a mudhole would he not try and help himself out, and that  we were willing now to help him out of the mudhole, he replied that provided he  had got into a mudhole through carelessness, he would rather wait and get out him self, than have others to help him, and so he would wait untill he should get into  the woods by himself, and there he would pray. Accordingly he deferred praying  untill next morning, when he retired into the woods, where (according to his own acco ount afterwards) he made several attempts to pray, but could scarcely do so, feeling  that he had not done his duty, but that he should have prayed in the presence of others.  He began to feel uneasy, and continued to feel worse both in mind and body, un till, upon reaching his own house, his appearance was such as to alarm his  wife very much. He requested her to go and bring me to him. I went and found  him suffering very much in his mind, and his body acted upon in a very strange  manner. His visage and limbs distorted and twisted in every shape and  appearance possible to imagine; and finally he was caught up off the floor of the  apartment and tossed about most fearfully. His situation was soon made known  to his neighbours and relatives, and in a short time as many as eight or nine grown  persons had got together to witness the scene. After he had thus suffered for a  time, I succeeded in getting hold <of> him by the hand, when almost immediately  he spoke to me, and with great earnestness requested of me, that I should cast the  Devil out of him, saying that he knew he was in him, and that he also knew that  I could cast him out. I replied “If you know that I can, it shall be done” and then  almost unconsciously I rebuked the devil, and commanded him in the name of Jesus  Christ to depart from him; when immediately spoke out and said that he saw  the devil leave him and vanish from his sight. This was the first miracle which  was done in this , and it or by any member of it, and it was done, not by man  nor by the power of man, but it was done by God, and by the power of Godliness:  Therefore let the honour and the praise, the dominion and the glory be ascribed to the  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for ever and ever Amen.
The scene was now entirely changed for as soon as the devil had departed from our  friend, his countenance became natural, his distortions of body ceased, and almost  immediately the Spirit of the Lord descended upon him, and the visions of eternity  were opened to his view. He afterwards related his experience as follows.  “I now began to feel a most pleasing sensation resting upon me, and immed [p. 40]
to Almighty God, that He would give them wisdom to understand the truth.
April–May 1830
Amongst those who attended our meetings regularly, was son to . He and I had now many and serious conversations on the important subject of man’s eternal salvation: we had got into the habit of praying much at our meetings and had said that he would try and take up his cross, and pray vocally during meeting; but when we again met together, he rather excused himself; I tryed to prevail upon him, making use of the figure, supposing that he should get into a mudhole would he not try and help himself out, and that we were willing now to help him out of the mudhole, he replied that provided he had got into a mudhole through carelessness, he would rather wait and get out himself, than have others to help him, and so he would wait untill he should get into the woods by himself, and there he would pray. Accordingly he deferred praying untill next morning, when he retired into the woods, where (according to his own accoount afterwards) he made several attempts to pray, but could scarcely do so, feeling that he had not done his duty, but that he should have prayed in the presence of others. He began to feel uneasy, and continued to feel worse both in mind and body, untill, upon reaching his own house, his appearance was such as to alarm his wife very much. He requested her to go and bring me to him. I went and found him suffering very much in his mind, and his body acted upon in a very strange manner. His visage and limbs distorted and twisted in every shape and appearance possible to imagine; and finally he was caught up off the floor of the apartment and tossed about most fearfully. His situation was soon made known to his neighbours and relatives, and in a short time as many as eight or nine grown persons had got together to witness the scene. After he had thus suffered for a time, I succeeded in getting hold of him by the hand, when almost immediately he spoke to me, and with great earnestness requested of me, that I should cast the Devil out of him, saying that he knew he was in him, and that he also knew that I could cast him out. I replied “If you know that I can, it shall be done” and then almost unconsciously I rebuked the devil, and commanded him in the name of Jesus Christ to depart from him; when immediately spoke out and said that he saw the devil leave him and vanish from his sight. This was the first miracle which was done in this , or by any member of it, and it was done, not by man nor by the power of man, but it was done by God, and by the power of Godliness: Therefore let the honour and the praise, the dominion and the glory be ascribed to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit for ever and ever Amen.
The scene was now entirely changed for as soon as the devil had departed from our friend, his countenance became natural, his distortions of body ceased, and almost immediately the Spirit of the Lord descended upon him, and the visions of eternity were opened to his view. He afterwards related his experience as follows. “I now began to feel a most pleasing sensation resting upon me, and immed [p. 40]
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