- M. EDMONDS (Methodist)
I feel that it is my duty to add my mite to the testimony of that great and growing army who
are walking in the “King’s highway of holiness.”
I was powerfully converted to God in February of 1863, at a protracted meeting held on the
“Page-Brook” Circuit, Wyoming Conference, conducted by Brother Enes Puffer. After a very brief, but severe struggle, while alone in the secret place with God, I dedicated myself as never before to Him, and inwardly resolved that I would never rise from my knees until I knew that God had, for Christ’s sake, forgiven my sins. I believed, when I made the first effort to go to the altar of prayer, that God would save me.
After I had arrived at this decision, God’s Spirit came, and broke my heart all in pieces,
showed me my life-work, forgave my sin, and filled my soul with love and peace. I commenced at once to testify in reference to what God had done for me, and to bear my cross always and everywhere; and, as a result, I grew up into Christ from the hour of my conversion.
I do not know that, at that time, a single member of that society professed to be “saved from
all sin ;” and, up to that time, I knew but little in reference to Methodism, and less in reference to this specific blessing. But God very soon, by His Spirit, convicted my heart that I needed to be entirely sanctified; and I straightway began to pray for it in a general way, not expecting to attain it for a long time, say ten or twenty year hence; and then I expected to grow into it. Up to this time I had never heard a sermon preached on the subject, and had never heard any relate experience, or make a profession of it. Thus I continued to live for about five months, when I was persuaded (much against my wishes or preferences) to attend a camp-meeting held within the bounds of the Wyoming Conference. I there heard, for the first time, this doctrine set forth explicitly from the pulpit. At the close of one of the sermons, Rev.. B. W. Gorham urged upon believers the duty of entering into this “more perfect way;” and invited all who should seek it then, as a distinct blessing, to present themselves at the altar for prayers. Among others I went to the altar, feeling my need, but not expecting to receive it then.
I continued to seek it in a general way until Friday, when my agony became more
intolerable than when I was seeking pardon. This state of things continued until evening, when I went into a small tent, where one or two other, in about the same condition, were seeking the same blessing. There I was taught “the way of faith” by those who were “walking in the light ;” and, while on my knees before God, there, in that little tent, ” wrestling ” with God for a clean heart, He showed me again my life-work, and blasted all my pre-conceived earthly plans. I then and there made an entire surrender of all my plans and idols, and by faith took Christ to be my full Saviour and my fortress forever; then the blessing came, not in the way I had imagined, but with that “silent awe that dares not move;” and Jesus was so near, so precious, and so mighty to save! The evidence to my heart was so definite, so tangible, and so conclusive, that Satan has never attacked me on that point.
It is about twelve and a half years since, and I have been enabled by divine grace to walk
in the light most of the time since, with the exception of a few weeks, when I was debating the question of duty in reference to entering the “regular work” of the ministry. But I praise God that the clear light now shines, and my evidence is brighter, and my “salvation is nearer than when I believed.”
Ye ransomed ones of God, Who bear the blood-stained banners, And lead the hosts of God’s elect With song and glad hosannas. Ye who are panoplied And girt with mighty power: Who valiant have fought and stood Till this decisive hour.
Sing for the word goes forth, ”advance, victorious legions! The marshalled might of God’s elect Shall conquer sin’s dark regions Till ever land shall shine till God’s own peace and beauty, And ever soul become a shrine Of holy love and duty.”
O, all ye blood bought throng Who bear God’s shining banners, O, all who sing redemption’s song, And follow with hosannas! Exultant lift our voice, Sing loud the wonderous story, Till earth subdued shall learn the strain, And hail the King of Glory!
Source: “Pioneer Experiences” by Phoebe Palmer
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HOW THEY ENTERED CANAAN (A Collection of Holiness Experience Accounts) Compiled by Duane V. Maxey
Vol. I — Named Accounts