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WHEN THE HOLY GHOST IS COME.

BY

COLONEL S. L. BRENGLE,

Edited by BRAMWELL BOOTH.

FOREWORD.

The Salvation Army, contrary to what has often been thought by surface observers, has owed its existence, its strength, and its success chiefly to our careful attention to the profoundest questions of the soul.

And still, as always, we wish to urge upon all the study of those great practical truths, without the proclamation of which our work for men would cease to have any abiding value. We glory in the knowledge of Christ as a perfect Saviour just as much for this, our own time, as for any past generation, or for any generation yet to come. The pretence that this age has reached some superior development, whether mental or moral, for which a new kind of Saviour is needed, seems to us absurd. And we do not believe it can long endure where Christ is really known.

To the most thoughtful, therefore, as well as to those who have the least time for thought, I earnestly commend the words of devout and practical men upon those great questions, which I hope to see reproduced in the series of which the present volume is the first. Prayerful reading of their messages cannot but lead to immediate action, to a complete self abandonment to God, and to a realizing faith in His power to use every one of His sons and daughters for the healing of the world's open sores and the triumph of His Rule.

BRAMWELL BOOTH. LONDON, January, 1909.

CONTENTS.

PREFACE

I. WHO IS HE? II. PREPARING HIS HOUSE III. IS THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT A THIRD BLESSING? IV. THE WITNESS OF THE SPIRIT V. PURITY VI. POWER VII. TRYING THE SPIRITS VIII. GUIDANCE IX. THE MEEK AND LOWLY HEART X. HOPE XI. THE HOLY SPIRIT'S SUBSTITUTE FOR GOSSIP AND EVIL SPEAKING XII. THE SIN AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST XIII. OFFENCES AGAINST THE HOLY GHOST XIV. THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SOUND DOCTRINE XV. PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT XVI. CHARACTERISTICS OF THE ANOINTED PREACHER XVII. PREACHING XIX. THE SHEATHED SWORD: A LAW OF THE SPIRIT XX. VICTORY THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT OVER SUFFERING XXI. THE OVERFLOWING BLESSING XXII. IMPORTANCE OF THE DOCTRINE AND EXPERIENCE OF HOLINESS TO SPIRITUAL LEADERS XXIII. VICTORY OVER EVIL TEMPER BY THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

PREFACE.

It is no small pleasure to me to commend this book to all who love God, and in particular to those who are labouring to serve Him in the ranks of The Salvation Army. I believe that it will prove useful in the most important ways in its bearing, that is, upon many of the practical difficulties and problems of daily life.

The writer, Colonel Brengle, gives us not only of the fruit of an orderly and well stored mind on the great subject before us, but and this is the more important he tells us of the actual work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of ordinary men and women, as he has witnessed the results of that work amidst his many labours for the Salvation and Holiness of the people. It is for them he writes. It is to them, living the common life, bound to others by the obligations of ordinary social intercourse, toiling at their secular occupations, and rubbing shoulders with the multitude in the market place, that his message comes. I venture to hope that his words will make it plain to some of them that the highest intercourse with the Divine is their privilege; that the special province of the Holy Ghost is to lead men into the truest devotion to God, and to the advancement of His Kingdom on earth, even while they are carrying on the common avocations associated with earning their daily bread.

The only purpose of God having a practical bearing on our lives is His purpose to save men from sin and its awful consequences, and make them conform to His will in this world as in the next. The work of the Holy Spirit is to help us to achieve that purpose. Without His help we are unable to overcome the difficulties that are in the way, whether we consider them from the standpoint of the world or of the individual... Continue reading book >>




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