February 6, 2017 // Story



*Item 1

As I recall this part of my life now, it was while Bro. Hopper was giving his third Bible

reading, that like a flash of light breaking on me, I saw the second work of grace, holiness received
through consecration and faith, an instantaneous experience, clearly taught in the Word of God.

The instant I beheld the privilege and grace, I wanted it. There was no thought or desire

with me to avoid the payment of the price or shirk and escape the difficulties that were in the way;
but the dominant purpose and longing was how to get the blessing. The idea of arguing against a
doctrine that so exalted Christ and honored the Blood never entered my mind. I wanted the

The evangelist gave general directions as to the obtainment of the experience that were true

and Scriptural, but the Spirit, as He always does, led specifically.

As well as I can recall some of the steps taken which led me into Canaan, one involved my

willingness to become an alien and outcast from the ranks of my brethren on account of the truth of

No one but a preacher who has lived for years in the midst of a congenial Conference or

Church Brotherhood could appreciate the suffering and sacrifice attending such an experience. Yet
this was clearly brought to my mind and remained pressing heavily like a conviction upon it, until I
said, “Yes.”

Next came another vivid-like impression almost like a voice — “would I be willing to give

up reputation for all time?”


It is true that very few individuals have really great reputations, and none have as much as

they think they have, but the trouble with the unsanctified heart is that it believes it possesses a lot
of things that it does not, and among them a great, enviable life elevation and distinction.

But be that as it may, whether a man is in high standing with his fellow beings or just

imagines that he is; to secure the Blessing of holiness one has to place his reputation, real or
fancied, on the altar, and be like His Lord who had none.

So again I said, “Yes.”

Following this was the inward query — “would I be willing to be misunderstood, all my

life, and tread a path of human loneliness to the very portals of the tomb?”

Not a reader but is conscious of the domestic, social and affectional pull on our natures,

and that according to law. There are divinely created movements of the heart and spirit that are
legitimate and proper, and in them there is much of human happiness experienced. Now to be
willing to be misunderstood in the household, ostracized from many a social and ecclesiastical
circle, to be dropped as though one was contaminated, and avoided as if a leper by many or all,
makes a sacrifice of a nature beyond words to adequately describe.

And yet with body prostrate on the floor and face wet with tears I answered the Lord once

more “Yes.”

As I took other steps in the line of consecration, it soon became evident that I was

rendering a full obedience to God as I recognized His will in His Word or heard His voice
sounding in my soul calling to particular acts of sacrifice and service.

The words of Christ came back now with a profounder meaning when He said to His

disciples, If you will love Me and keep My commandments I will come and take up My abode in
you. At the same time the condition of spiritual knowledge was made evident in the utterance, “If
any man will do His will he shall know of the doctrine.”

So I kept saying Yes, Yes, Yes, to all of the divine will and Word, to every call He made

upon me, and I found a sweet growing consciousness that I was getting somewhere; that I was on
the right road; and was in a way where the light was growing steadily brighter, evidently to some
perfect day. I was three days seeking the blessing, and in all that period kept saying, “Yes” to God.
Two of these acts of obedience I wish to call attention to.

Let the reader bear in mind that, during this period of which I am now writing, the War

against the Lottery Company was still going on, and the revival meeting led by Bro. Hopper in my
church was in progress.

In my membership there was a gentleman who was wealthy. The richest member of the

congregation, he was also regarded as among the first financially in the city. He was a commission
and cotton merchant, and a vacancy taking place in a bank he was promptly elected president by
the directors.


In this bank the Louisiana State Lottery Co. had large deposits. One day I received a letter

enclosing a lottery ticket, and the following lines with it written on note paper: “Did you know that
your leading member, Mr. W , has his name on the back o every one of the lottery tickets and that
he states over his signature that if said ticket should draw a prize that he will as president of the
bank see that it is cashed?”

I placed the letter with the ticket in my pocket and wondered what should and could be

done. The man was so wealthy and influential; he was in addition so reserved and chilling in his
manner that no one was intimate or familiar with him, and no one would hardly dare to reprove
him. One day I was in the heart of the French part of the city, the day before I received the
blessing, when suddenly the still small voice I knew so well, most powerfully and sweetly
directed me to return at once, and go to the bank of Mr. W. talk to him about his soul and urge him
to give up his connection with the Lottery.

The prominence of the man, together with his cold manner, made this new command of

Heaven a very trying test to my obedience. But the burning abiding sweetness of the impression on
my soul could not be mistaken, so with a quick catch in my breath and a sinking feeling of dread in
my heart I said, “I will go.”

Nevertheless, Gideon-like, I asked for a sign; saying to the Savior, “I will obey you; but

grant as a confirmation of this impression sent me, that when I reach the Bank there will be no one
in Mr. W_____’s office but himself, and that you will allow no person to interrupt us while I am
employed with him on your mission.”

When I reached the door of the private office I saw that Mr. W_____ was alone; in

addition not a soul, whether clerk or citizen, came in while we were speaking together. the time
consumed was nearly an hour. The marvel of it all was that I never knew the like to happen before
or since. The rule was always a perfect procession of people in and out of that busy apartment of
the president of the bank.

It is needless to tell how God helped us to talk to this man in tenderness and yet firmness.

As he and his wife had been growing cold, backslidden and worldly for years, I recalled to him
what he had once been to the Sunday School and church What an influence he could wield in the
city and in his own congregation if he would only come out positively and devotedly as he once
did to every meeting and interest of the church

He replied that he could not do so, that he had served his time, and others ought to be

brought forward.

I then most earnestly begged him to dissolve his connection with the Louisiana State

Lottery Company. He responded that he did not believe in nor approve of it.

In answer I drew from my pocket the lottery ticket that had been sent me, and showed him

his name on the back with the statement that if this ticket drew a prize, he the undersigned president
of a certain bank, would see that it was cashed.


He became very white, and answered that this was simply an official notice and not an

endorsement of ‘the Lottery. I replied, “But here is your statement Bro. W_____, saying the ticket
will be cashed if it is the right number. And your good name signed here encourages people to
invest in the gambling concern, and so becomes an actual recommendation and endorsement of this
great swindling business and iniquitous corporation.”

He rejoined with increasing whiteness and resentment, “That as the president of the bank he

was compelled to give that notice as the Lottery Company made deposits in his bank”

My reply was:

“Then, Bro. W_____, give up the presidency of the bank rather than do this great wrong to

yourself and your fellow beings.”

He answered stiffly and freezingly that he could not think of doing such a thing. I then said

to him, as I saw he wished me to leave,

“But I am compelled to tell you in all kindness that we cannot receive any more of your

money in our church.”

I then spoke a kindly good-bye to the deeply offended man and went from the interview and

building with a flood of divine favor and approval in my soul.

The man never forgave me. A few weeks afterward he left our church and joined Dr.

Palmer’s, the First Presbyterian. He said in explanation of his departure that he could not stand my
Holiness preaching. But the record in the Book of Judgment will not read that way in the Last Day.
Instead of Holiness preaching will be found the words, “The Lottery — Bank — Presidential Salary
– Ten Thousand Dollars a Year,” etc., etc.

A New Orleans preacher transferred to cities farther North in Missouri, Kentucky and

Maryland, told it wherever he went that “Dr. Carradine had driven from the ranks of Methodism
and from our church one of the best men, loveliest characters and truest members that the Southern
Methodist Church ever had.” This speech was repeated many times, and firmly believed by many
thousands, so that today it would be impossible to convince a multitude in New Orleans and
elsewhere to the contrary. The record in the Book of Judgment which will be read aloud in the
upper air one of these days can alone make this with many other unknown matters and histories
clear to the eyes and convictions of man. I am willing to wait until that day.

As I left the bank, just as clearly the Spirit of God led me to go to another leading member

of my church. He was a merchant in the fancy grocery business and had three stores in the city. In
addition to groceries he sold wines and liquors of all kinds. He had been a member of Carondolet
Street Church for years. I found him there as one of the leading stewards.

I had my interview with him in his wine or liquor room. Standing among the barrels and

cases I talked to him kindly, lovingly, entreatingly and faithfully. I told him he had many excellent


traits of character; that he was generous, hospitable and charitable; that I loved him personally; but
he was in a wrong business. That God could not bless him in it; that instead His curse was on it.
That the Word; of God said, “Woe to the man who putteth the bottle to his neighbor’s lips.”

I have not space here to describe the whole scene and occurrence. Can only say that Bro.

M_____ flew all to pieces; the first time I ever saw him angry. He said that people would have
wines, that he did not make them buy, etc., etc., all through the old stock arguments of defense of
the wrong business.

Seeing that I had failed with him, and that there was no hope of the meeting reaching him as

he did not attend it, I bade him a sorrowful good day, telling him as I had told Bro. W_____, that
we could not accept his $200 for pastoral support hereafter.

As I walked away from this second and most painful obedience to God that morning, I had

a most remarkable witness given to my soul that God was pleased with my consecration and that
no more tests would be given in that line until the blessing came.

The other step of Faith remained, and this I took and kept taking. Scores of times I said,

“The Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses me now. The altar sanctifies me now. Jesus sanctifies me
now.” And all blessing to His name, I felt my faith growing. I was approaching the perfected faith
talked about by Paul.

Then I prayed! And oh, how I prayed. Hours at a time I would be on my knees or on my

face alone in my study or private room.

One morning I arose through the touch of God a great while before day and prayed until

eight o’clock. My soul was full of peace, but that which I was after had not come. At 8:30 I could
eat nothing at breakfast, and went to my Study up stairs.

It was nine o’clock, the third hour of the day, and I was sitting in my armchair yearning, and

expecting. I was singing softly the chorus of “Down at the Cross,” when I got a heavenly telegram
that the Blessing was coming. I felt unworthy to receive such grace sitting, and tried to rise and
have it come on me as I stood, but He that makes comets fly four hundred miles a second is quicker
than all motion, and before I could leave my seat, the fire fell! the blessing came! the Baptism with
the Holy Ghost flooded, filled and rolled over my soul in billows of flame and glory!

The reader is referred to my book on Sanctification for further particulars of what took;

place in my room and in the church on that never-to-be-forgotten morning.

That wonderful day is past; but the reflection still glows and burns in the sky. The storm of

glory swept by; but it left Jesus walking on a stilled sea. The work abides. The witness remains.
My soul is at rest.

I was born in the morning. I was born again in the morning. Was baptized with the Holy

Ghost in the morning. And please God, I expect with a great multitude of God’s people to arise


from the dead in the morning of the Resurrection when Jesus appears in the sky, and at His voice
they that sleep in their graves shall come forth unto everlasting life and glory.

Source: “Graphic Scenes”
(Chapter 30 “How I Obtained The Blessing”)
By Beverly Carradine

*Item 2


The preacher who led me into this grace, told me it was received through two steps, and

that the first was


Immediately I began to consecrate. One would say that I had consecrated before; that all

Christians, worthy of the name, should be consecrated. All this is true; but in seeking
sanctification, I discovered the difference between consecration and perfect consecration. The
latter alone obtains the blessing of entire sanctification.

So the consecration made this time was one where nothing was withheld from God. There

was not a single mental reservation. The various steps taken at this time in getting on the altar,
remain vividly with me after the lapse of six years, and will never, for that matter, be forgotten.

One of the first calls or impressions of the Spirit upon me was, Would I give up big

Churches? This means much to many preachers. It is felt by numbers to be a proper ambition: that
it means a larger sphere of usefulness. Anyhow, we all know it means gratified ambition. So the
question went into me like a dart. But in the midst of the pain, I cried out: “Yes, Lord, and will go
to the humblest circuit in the Connection if you will give me this blessing.”

The second impression was like unto it, Would I give up big salaries; be willing to have a

small income in the service of the Lord if He should so order it?

The answer was, “Yes, Lord.”

The third call was, Would I quit trying to preach big sermons?

Quick as a flash came the response of my heart, “Yes, Lord” and I have not tried to deliver

such a sermon from that day to this.

A fourth thought came to me in the same questioning form, Would I give up all desire and

expectation of becoming a bishop?


Many of my preacher readers will smile at this, but they know better than others how much

is in the thought. I question in my mind whether there has ever been a traveling preacher in our
Church but has had dreams and desires concerning this office. Paul said that he that desired the
office of a bishop, desired “a good thing.” Judging from many things we see today, we think that
conclusion is cordially shared with the apostle by a great many others. Judging from advantages
not always spiritual or heavenly, it is the best thing in the gift of the Church today.

While preaching at the St. Louis Annual Conference, several years ago, I remarked in my

sermon, to an audience in which were nearly one hundred preachers: “Brethren, if you all knew
now many preachers here once expected or still hope to be bishops, you would be amazed.” A
profound stillness came upon the audience, as if they expected I would call out names; but I did not
have time to run over the Conference roll, and so went on to another point in the discourse. Later in
the afternoon, I met a young preacher, who had been preaching for six months as a “supply,” on
some remote backwoods circuit. He was a young man of unusually unsophisticated appearance.
Stopping me, he said:

“Doctor, you greatly hurt me today in what you said in your sermon.”

“Hurt you, my brother!” was my response “Why, in what way?”

“O” he rejoined, “you struck me in what you said about being a bishop.”

I dropped my head to hide the smile that would come up, and inwardly cried: “O Lord is

the leprosy in this lad also?”

So the reader sees something of the inward query: “Will you give up all dreamings about

the bishopric?”

The answer came welling up, “Yes, Lord.” The dream vanished from that moment, never to

return. What a relief this alone has been! What a relief it would be to many others if they would do
likewise, and what a relief to their friends, and to the whole Church, and to Heaven!

A fifth test came up in the question, Would I be willing to be cast out by my brethren?

That preacher who has a first-class appointment, and possesses a large number of

ministerial friends, can best understand the heaviness of the cross revealed in these words.

Again came the old answer, “Yes, Lord;” and the eyes grew suddenly wet, and the heart

saw Gethsemane in the distance, and knew there were coming hours of lonely prayer, and sweat of
blood, and angry voices of arrest, and at the same time would be heard the dying away in the
distance of the retreating footsteps of former friends. But the word “Yes” was said in spite of the

A sixth trial came up. Would I be willing to be regarded and called a crank and fanatic?


So this meant that the reputation that had been patiently built up for fourteen years was to

be all knocked down and blown away.

“Yes, Lord.”

And what have they not called me since that hour!

A seventh test came up in the form of a gold watch that I wore at this time.

Would I take it off for Christ’s, conscience’, and the people’s sake?

Why should I? was the mental query.

The answer came: The Bible says not to wear gold, the Methodist Discipline says not to do

it, and the consciences of many are offended at such a spectacle in a preacher’s dress.

This was amply sufficient; and the watch was sold for $65, and the money given to foreign


Let no one suppose that we are making our own conscience a law for other people. We

know very lovely, religious people who wear gold watches, and who are far more spiritual and
devoted and useful than the writer. I am simply telling how I obtained the blessing.

I took off the gold watch; and I removed it because I did not want an appearance of evil on

  1. I did not want, when correcting a man in the future for violation of the Word of God or
infraction of the discipline, to be embarrassed and even silenced by the remark that I was also

So I took off the watch; and the people said I was losing my mind; and it was so, but it

happened to be my carnal mind.

An additional test came at this time, in a still simpler form. I had developed a taste for

carrying a rattan. One morning, on coming to the altar, my rattan fell with a slight clatter, on the
floor near my knees. Something whispered: “What are you carrying that rattan around for?”

“O,” I mentally replied, “I am not feeling very strong this spring, and I want it to lean on.”

“Yes,” said the inward whisper; “but it is so pliant that you can not lean on it; you know

that it bends under the lightest touch.”

“That is so,” I said, with an inward groan.

After a pause came the still whisper: “Would you not like to lean on Christ altogether?

Would you not like to ‘come up out of the wilderness leaning on the arm of your Beloved?’ ”


The tears dashed into my eyes, and I said, “O yes, Lord, I want nothing better; let me have

Christ alone, from this hour, to lean upon;” and springing up, I took the little walking-cane, broke it
over my knee, walked to the window, and cast the pieces into the yard.

And now the word ran swiftly among the outside critics and judges that I had certainly lost

my mind.

I only said “Hallelujah!” when I heard of the remark.

Somehow I could not conceive of Christ wearing a gold watch and carrying a rattan; and

so, desiring to be as much like Him as possible, most gladly I stripped myself of anything and all
things that I could not say were Christ-like.

Still another test came up in the rectification of little wrongs.

When persons are looking for friends to visit them, they are careful to make everything tidy,

and not only to sweep in the house, but around and even under the house, to make the place in a
sense worthy of the loved visitor is the idea. So, when looking for Christ to come into the soul and
life as a perpetual indweller, this conviction and desire both agree in regard to being cleansed and
prepared for the heavenly coming.

“Sanctify yourselves; for I, the Lord your God, will sanctify you.”

With a jealous care I studied my life to see what would offend Christ’s holy eye should He

draw near. Everything of course went that was in the slightest way questionable. I gave the benefit
of every doubt to the Savior.

Among the things I rectified was the recalling of hasty speeches and the humble

acknowledgment to the party against whom the offense had been committed.

One of these persons was a friend and favorite steward on my Board of Officials. Walking

over to him, with a heart full of pain at the confession, I told him, with a choking voice, as I gently
laid my hand on his shoulder, that I had talked about him; and to please forgive me. In an instant we
were in each others’ arms, and happy tears were falling down my face.

The other party to whom I made acknowledgment of hasty, irritable speech on a certain

occasion, was my wife. The hasty speech had been forgiven by the Lord at once; but the Spirit
brought it up to mind as a test of obedience to His suggestions, and as a proper confession to her.

All this may look very little to some people; but I simply beg them to remember that I got

he blessing along this line, and so these things can not be so little.

Somehow the writer believes that if every husband in the land would do the just thing to his

wife in this regard, there would be a wonderful clearing up of the home atmosphere, and a great
many female hearts would be made happy in the land.


Anyhow I did it, and the cork-like feeling of the body and the feather-like sensation of the

soul steadily increased.

Still another and final test of consecration came in the line of obedience. I had promised to

“hearken unto His voice,” whether in the Word or whether it came as deep impression on my soul.

One day, while in the French part of the city of New Orleans, on the way to pay a pressing

pastoral call, the inward voice and impression that I knew so well to be of God, bade me do a
very trying thing. It is needless to describe minutely what it was: would only say that I was
unquestionably moved to speak an hour with a very prominent man about his soul and a hurtful
influence that he was just then exercising over many thousands. For nearly an hour I spoke with the
man, face to face, about these things, doing it gently and lovingly, but firmly.

It was after this that I felt my consecration was complete — that God had given me the final

test, and had proved to the angels and men and myself that I was all on the altar.

Going to the preacher, I said: “What more shall I do? What is the next step?” His reply

was: “Believe that the altar on which you have placed yourself now sanctifies you.” He gave me
two Scripture passages for it: “Whatsoever toucheth the altar shall be holy,” and “The altar
sanctifieth the gift.”

But I said to him: “I don’t feel it.”

His reply was: “Believe it without feeling.”

And so I did. I walked away, saying in my heart, “The altar sanctifies the gift.” I said it

over and over; first with a sinking heart, but with a growing strength and faith as the hours went by.

As there came a test to my consecration, so there came a test to my faith; and an

impression, conviction, or leading — I know not which — formulated itself thus in my mind: “If you
believe truly what the Word of God says about it, why not tell it? Do you believe it enough to
acknowledge it to others?”

This brought a kind of gasp; but at once rallying, I said: “Yes, Lord, I will tell it to all you

want me.” So I told first my wife, and then my Church, that the altar sanctified me; that I did not
have the witness yet, but believed the altar sanctified me.

If there is any one on earth who knows a man, it is his wife; and if any body of people

knows an individual, a congregation has very well weighed and sized up their pastor. To both of
these I made the confession of faith.

There was nothing now more to do except pray and wait. This was continually done.

Prayer at this time was the very breath of my mouth, and my eyes were ever looking upward in
expectation of the descending blessing for which my soul was now panting and crying.


On the morning it came, I was suddenly awakened, an hour before day, by the touch of the

Divine Hand. It was not nature’s gradual awakening and recovery of the mental faculties, but a
sudden and yet complete entrance into a full consciousness of all around and within. I knew it was
the Lord. He has awakened me in like manner many times since.

I was aroused thus for a final prayer. I shall never forget how my body was wrenched in an

agony of supplication for purity and an indwelling Christ. It seemed that it was wrung as I have
seen a woman wring water out of a garment. I got to see how the blood was forced out of the body
of the Savior in the Garden of Gethsemane.

After an hour thus spent, this agonizing pleading left me, and in a quietness of spirit that I

can not describe, I arose, and went down to breakfast; but could eat nothing. Returning to my room,
I sat down, with this great inward stillness upon my soul, and began softly singing to myself:

“Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied;
Glory to His name!”

Suddenly I felt the blessing was coming. Some spiritual influence telegraphed ahead. I

arose to my feet to receive it, and as I was rising, it came upon me. Jesus entered the second time
into His temple. He came this time to stay. He baptized me with the Holy Ghost and with fire. I
knew it was the baptism of the Holy Ghost I was receiving. I knew I was being sanctified. The
Spirit told me so. He witnessed to the work that was being done in me, and wrote upon every
billow of glory that rolled over my soul, “This is sanctification.”

I fell on my knees by the side of my bed, overpowered by the greatness of the blessing that

had entered. I cried, and shouted with a voice that seemed literally propelled from within. I felt the
blessing throughout me. It seemed to press upon my whole being. There was a sense of being
actually charged as an instrument with electricity. I thought for several minutes that I would die. I
could only say, “O my God! O my God!” and “Glory! Glory! Glory to God!”

This wonderful day is past; but the reflection still glows and burns in the sky. The storm of

glory swept by; but it left Jesus walking on the waves. The work abides. The witness remains. The
soul is in a haven of rest.

It was not for months afterward that I noticed that the disciples were sitting when they

received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, and that it was at nine o’clock in the morning.

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one

place. And suddenly there came a sound from Heaven as of a mighty rushing wind, and it filled all
the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and
it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. But Peter, standing up, … said, … These are not
drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.” (That is nine o’clock.)


So with myself. I was sitting, and was in one accord with God and man, when suddenly the

breath of Heaven and the fire came upon me, and I was filled with the Holy Ghost. And it was
exactly nine o’clock, or the third hour of the day.

I was converted in the morning, and sanctified in the morning, and, please God, I expect to

rise in the morning of the resurrection, when Jesus appears in the sky and calls to the slumbering

God grant that the writer and reader may be children of the morning, and abide at last in the

city of which it is said, “There is no night there!”

Source: “The Better Way” by Beverly Carradine

*Item 3


I always believed in the doctrine in a general way, but not in the way particular. That is, I

recognized it as being true in our standards and religious biographies; but was not so quick to see
it in the life and experience of persons claiming the blessing. I was too loyal a Methodist to deny
what my Church taught me to believe; but there must have been beams and motes that kept me from
the enjoyment of a perfect vision of my brother. Perhaps I was prejudiced; or I had confounded
ignorance and mental infirmity with sin; or, truer still, I was looking on a “hidden life,” as the
Bible calls it, and, of course, could not but blunder in my judgments and conclusions, even as I had
formerly erred as a sinner in my estimation of the converted man.

I remember once having been thrown in the company of three ministers who were

sanctified men, and their frequent “praise the Lords” was an offense to me. I saw nothing to justify
such demonstrativeness. The fact entirely escaped me that a heart could be in such a condition that
praise and rejoicing would be as natural as breathing; that the cause of joy rested not in anything
external, but in some fixed inward state or possession; that, therefore, perpetual praise could not
only be possible, but natural, and in fact irrepressible. But at that time all this was hidden from me,
except in a theoretic way, or as mistily beheld in distant lives of saints who walked with God on
earth fifty or a hundred years ago.

In my early ministry I was never thrown with a sanctified preacher, nor had I ever heard a

sermon on entire sanctification. I beheld the promised life from a Pisgah distance, and came back
from the view with a fear and feeling that I should never come into that goodly land. So, when I
was being ordained at Conference, it was with considerable choking of voice, and with not a few
inward misgivings and qualms of conscience, that I replied to the bishop’s questions, that I was
”going on to perfection,” that I “expected to be made perfect in love in this life,” and that I was
groaning after it.” Perhaps the bishop himself was disturbed at the questions he asked. Perhaps he
thought it was strange for a minister of God and father in Israel, whose life was almost concluded,
to be asking a young preacher if he expected to obtain what he himself had never succeeded in
getting. Stranger still, if he asked the young prophet if he expected to attain what he really felt was


One thing I rejoice in being able to say: That although about that time, while surprised and

grieved at the conduct of a man claiming the blessing of sanctification, and although doubts
disturbed me then and even afterward, yet I thank God that I have never, in my heart or openly,
denied an experience or warred against a doctrine that is the cardinal doctrine of the Methodist
Church, and concerning which I solemnly declared to the bishop that I as groaning to obtain. God
in his mercy has kept me from this inconsistency — this peculiar denial of my Church and my Lord.
Let me further add, that in spite of my indistinct views of sanctification all along, yet ever and anon
during my life I have encountered religious people in whose faces I traced spiritual marks and
lines — a divine handwriting not seen on every Christian countenance.

There was an indefinable something about them, a gravity and yet sweetness of manner, a

containedness and quietness of spirit, a restfulness and unearthliness, a far-awayness about them,
that made me feel and know that they had a life and experience that I had not; that they knew God
as I did not, and that a secret of the Lord had been given to them which had not been committed to
me. These faces and lives, in the absence of sanctified preachers and sermons on the subject, kept
my faith in the doctrine, in a great degree I suppose, from utterly perishing. Then there were
convictions of my own heart all along in regard to what a minister’s life should be. Only a month
before my sanctification, there was impressed upon me suddenly one day such a sense of the
holiness and awfulness of the office and work, that my soul fairly sickened under the
consciousness of its own shortcomings and failures, and was made to cry out to God. Moreover,
visions of an unbroken soul-rest, and a constant abiding spiritual power, again and again came up
before the mind as a condition possible and imperative. A remarkable thing about it is, that these
impressions came to one who had enjoyed the peace of God daily for fifteen years.

At the Seashore Campground, in 1888, after having preached at eleven o’clock, the writer

came forward to the altar as a penitent convicted afresh under his own sermon, that he was not
what he should be, nor what God wanted him to be and was able to make him. Many will
remember the day and hour, and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at the time. I see now that my
soul was reaching out, even then, not for the hundredth or thousandth blessing (for these I had
before obtained), but what is properly called the Second Blessing. I was even then convicted by
the Holy Ghost in regard to the presence of inbred sin in a justified heart.

Nearly a year afterward I instituted a series of revival services in Carondelet Street

Church, with the Rev. W. W. Hopper as my helper. At all the morning meetings the preacher
presented the subject of entire sanctification. It was clearly and powerfully held up as being
obtained instantaneously through consecration and faith. Before I received the blessing myself, I
could not but be struck with the presence and power of the Holy Ghost. While urging the doctrine
one morning, the preacher received such a baptism of glory that for minutes he was helpless; and
while we were on our knees supplicating for this instantaneous sanctification, the Holy Spirit fell
here and there upon individuals in the assembly, and shouts of joy and cries of rapture went up
from the kneeling congregation in a way never to be forgotten.

The presence of God was felt so overwhelmingly and so remarkably that I could not but

reason after this manner: Here is being presented the doctrine of instantaneous sanctification by
faith. If it w ere a false doctrine, would God thus manifest himself? Would the Holy Ghost descend


with approving power upon a lie? Does he not invariably withdraw his presence from the preacher
and people when false doctrine is presented? But here He is manifesting Himself in a most
remarkable manner. The meeting or hour that is devoted to this one subject is the most wonderful
meeting and hour of all. The service fairly drips with unction. Shining faces abound. Christ is seen
in every countenance. If entire sanctification obtained instantaneously is a false doctrine, is not the
Holy Ghost actually misleading the people by granting His presence and favor, and showering His
smiles at the time when this error or false doctrine is up for discussion and exposition? But would
the Spirit thus deceive?

Irresistibly and with growing certainty I was led to see that the truth was being presented

from the pulpit, and that the Holy Ghost, who always honors the truth when preached, was falling
upon sermon, preacher, and people, because it was the truth. And by the marvelous and frequent
display of His presence and power at each and every sanctification meeting He was plainly setting
to it the seal of His approval and endorsement, and declaring unmistakably that the doctrine which
engrossed us was of heaven, and was true.

One morning a visitor — a man whom I admire and love — made a speech against entire

sanctification, taking the ground that there was nothing but a perfect consecration and growth in
grace to look for; that there was no second work or blessing to be experienced by the child of God.
This was about the spirit and burden of his remarks. At once a chill fell upon the service that was
noticed then and commented on afterward. The visitor was instantly replied to by one who had just
received the blessing, and as immediately the presence of God was felt and manifested. And to the
proposition made — that all who believed in an instantaneous and entire sanctification would
please arise — at once the whole audience, with the exception of five or six individuals, arose
simultaneously. It was during this week that the writer commenced seeking the blessing of
sanctification. According to direction, he laid everything on the altar — body, soul, reputation,
salary, indeed everything.

Feeling at the time justified, having peace with God, he could not be said to have laid his

sins on the altar; for, being forgiven at that moment, no sin was in sight. But he did this, however:
he laid inbred sin upon the altar; a something that had troubled him all the days of his converted
life — a something that as felt to be a disturbing element in his Christian experience and life. Who
will name this something? It is called variously by the appellations of original sin, depravity,
remains of sin, roots of bitterness and unbelief, and by Paul it is termed “the old man,” for, in
writing to Christians, he exhorts them to put off “the old man,” which was corrupt.

Very probably there will be a disagreement about the name while there is perfect

recognition of the existence of the thing itself. For lack of a title that will please all, I call the dark,
disturbing, warring principle “that something.” It gives every converted man certain measures of
inward disturbance and trouble. Mind you, I do not say that it compels him to sin, for this
”something” can be kept in subjection by the regenerated man. But it always brings disturbance,
and often leads to sin. It is a something that leads to hasty speeches, quick tempers, feelings of
bitterness, doubts, suspicions, harsh judgments, love of praise, and fear of men. At times there is a
momentary response to certain temptations that brings, not merely a sense of discomfort, but a tinge
and twinge of condemnation. All these may be, and are, in turn, conquered by the regenerated man;


but there is battle and wounds; and often after the battle a certain uncomfortable feeling within that
it was not a perfect victory.

It is a something that at times makes devotion a weariness, the Bible to be hastily read

instead of devoured, and prayer a formal approach instead of a burning interview with God that
closes with reluctance. It makes Church-going at times not to be a delight, is felt to be a foe to
secret and spontaneous giving, causes religious experience to be spasmodic, and prevents within
the soul a constant, abiding, and unbroken rest. Rest there is; but it is not continuous, unchanging,
and permanent. It is a something that makes true and noble men of God, when appearing in the
columns of a Christian newspaper in controversy, to make a strange mistake, and use gall instead
of ink, and write with a sword instead of a pen. It is a something that makes religious assemblies
sing with great emphasis and feeling:

“Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it.”

It is an echo that is felt to be left in the heart, in which linger sounds that ought to die away

forever. It is a thread or cord-like connection between the soul and the world, although the two
have drifted far apart. It is a middle ground, a strange medium, upon which Satan can and does
operate, to the inward distress of the child of God, whose heart at the same time is loyal to his
Savior, and who feels that if he died even then, he would be saved.

Now that something I wanted out of me. What I desired was not the power of self-restraint

(that I had already), but a spirit naturally and unconsciously meek. Not so much a power to keep
from all sin, but a deadness to sin. I wanted to be able to turn upon sin and the world the eye and
ear and heart of a dead man. I wanted perfect love to God and man, and a perfect rest in my soul
all the time. This dark “something” that prevented this life, I laid on the altar, and asked God to
consume it as by fire. I never asked God once at this time for pardon. That I had in my soul
already. But it was cleansing, sin eradication, I craved. My prayer was for sanctification.

After the battle of consecration came the battle of faith. Both precede the perfect victory of

sanctification. Vain is consecration without faith to secure the blessing. Hence men can be
consecrated, and not know the blessing of sanctification. I must believe there is such a work in
order to realize the grace. Here were the words of the Lord that proved a foundation for my faith:
”Every devoted thing is most holy unto the Lord.” “The blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us
from all sin.” Still again: “The altar sanctifieth the gift.” In this last quotation is a statement of a
great fact. The altar is greater than the gift; and whatsoever is laid upon the altar becomes
sanctified or holy. It is the altar that does the work. The question arises: Who and what is the altar?

In Hebrews xiii, 10-12, we are told. Dr. Clarke, in commenting upon the passage, says the

altar here mentioned is Jesus Christ. All who have studied attentively the life of our Lord can not
but be impressed with the fact that in his wondrous person is seen embraced the priest, the lamb,
and the altar. He did the whole thing; there was no one to help. As the victim He died, as the priest
He offered Himself, and His divine nature was the altar upon which the sacrifice was made. The
Savior, then, is the Christian’s altar. Upon Him I lay myself. The altar sanctifies the gift. The blood
cleanses from all sin, personal and inbred. Can I believe that? Will I believe it? My unbelief is
certain to shut me out of the blessing; my belief as certainly shuts me in. The instant we add a


perfect faith to a perfect consecration, the work is done and the blessing descends. As Paul says,
”We which have believed do enter into rest.”

All this happened to the writer. For nearly three days he lived in a constant state of faith

and prayer. He believed God; he believed the work was done before the witness was given.

On the morning of the third day — may God help me to tell it as it occurred! — the witness

was given. It was about nine o’clock in the morning. That morning had been spent from daylight in
meditation and prayer. I was alone in my room in the spirit of prayer, in profound peace and love,
and in the full expectancy of faith, when suddenly I felt that the blessing was coming. By some
delicate instinct or intuition of soul I recognized the approach and descent of the Holy Ghost. My
faith arose to meet the blessing. In another minute I was literally prostrated by the power of God. I
called out again and again: “O my God! my God! and glory to God!” while billows of fire and
glory rolled in upon my soul with steady, increasing force. The experience was one of fire. I
recognized it all the while as the baptism of fire. I felt that I was being consumed. For several
minutes I thought I would certainly die. I knew it was sanctification. I knew it as though the name
was written across the face of the blessing and upon every wave of glory that rolled in upon my

Can not God witness to purity of heart as he does to pardon of sin? Are not his blessings

self-interpreting? He that impresses a man to preach, that moves him unerringly to the selection of
texts and subjects, that testifies to a man that he is converted, can he not let a man know when he is
sanctified? In answer, read Hebrews x, 14: “For by one offering He hath forever perfected them
that are sanctified, whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us.”

I knew I was sanctified, just as I knew fifteen years before that I was converted. I knew it,

not only because of the work itself in my soul, but through the Worker. He, the Holy Ghost, bore
witness clearly, unmistakably, and powerfully to his own work; and although years have passed
away since that blessed morning, yet the witness of the Holy Spirit to the work is as clear today as
it was then.

Source: “Heart Talks” By Beverly Carradine

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(A Collection of Holiness Experience Accounts)
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Vol. I — Named Accounts

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