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God gave a miraculous vision to an evangelist during Revival

December 21, 2013

 

During the 1921 Revival in Lowestoft, a Scotsman named Jock Troup had a vision:

Jock Troup, while in the midst of a spirital revival, heard God speak, and had a vision.  What he saw was a man praying far north in Fraserburgh. This man was asking the Lord to send the evangelist He was using in Yarmouth north to where there was a great need. This man had never seen Jock, but he had heard what was happening among the fishermen. By this time the cooper-evangelist had been dismissed from his work because of the call on his time.  He had never been to Fraserburgh, but he had no intention of being disobedient to the heavenly vision. Jock told some of his closest friends of what he had seen and of his decision to leave.  They could not understand why he was going when such mighty blessing was taking place. He knew that the God Who had started the work in Yarmouth, would continue it. Many tried to persuade the revivalist to stay, but nothing and no one would prevent him from answering the call of the Master. The next day the evangelist left. (source)

Jock boarded a train for the North and before it had reached Crewe all those who were in his compartment were led to Christ. When he arrived at Aberdeen, he then transferred to the Fraserburgh train. At Maud two fisherwomen came into the carriage and sat beside Jock. They had spent the day selling their freshly caught haddock around the farmhouses in the country. Baskets were strapped across their backs to carry the fish. The evangelist was asked where he was going and what he intended to do.  He replied, “I am going to Fraserburgh to preach,” and told them how God had spoken to him. “Where are you staying?” they asked him. Jock told them that he had no idea. “Listen son, you come and stay with me,” said one of the old fisherwomen.  So provision was made for him even before he arrived in Fraserburgh.

When he had settled in and had eaten, Jock decided to go for a walk. He went down to the square in Broad Street where a crowd had gathered. Standing on the steps of the drinking fountain, he began to preach. Immediately the crowd moved around him in spite of the cold. As the rain began to fall, the preacher asked if anyone knew where a place was available for meetings.

“What about the Baptist Church?” shouted someone.

“I don’t know where it is,” replied Jock. “We will soon take you there,” came the answer from the crowd.  Off they went along the way, joyously singing with the evangelist. When they arrived at the Baptist Church, the Pastor with his elders were just leaving a specially convened meeting, where it had been decided to send for Jock Troup to come and conduct a gospel campaign in Fraserburgh. The secretary had a letter drafted ready for posting, but that letter never needed to go through a letter box. God had answered the letter before it had been sent off. To the amazement of Jock, as the group of elders left the church, amongst them stood the man God had shown him in the vision at Yarmouth. He had come face to face with the man who had prayed. The heart of the revivalist rose to God in gratitude for leading him step by step. As he led the singing of the old fashioned hymns, men and women began to weep their way to the cross. Blessing flowed like a river. The tide of spiritual dearth had turned and soon God’s flood tide would flow. (source) See, The Forgotten Revival, Stanley C Griffen

Cessationism must account for the Supernatural work of the Spirit

December 17, 2013

Douglas Brown (Baptist minister under whose preaching the Revival at Lowestoft in 1921 came) was staying at the (Oulton) Rectory during this week of meetings and in the early hours of Thursday morning he was awakened by a voice saying. ‘Thou shalt see greater things than these.’ (John 14:12) He slipped quietly down to the study to pray and soon the door opened and the Rector appeared. He too had been awakened and had received the same message from John’s Gospel1.

 

1Stanley C Griffin, A Forgotten Revival: Recollections of the great Revivals of East Anglia and North East Scotland of 1921 (DayOne Publications: 2000)

The Lowestoft Revival of 1921 was indisputably a genuine work of the Holy Spirit. Surely a cessationist cannot dismiss such supernatural workings of the Spirit but must accommodate them within his theology of the Spirit.

Second Reception of the Spirit based on poor translation by King James Translators

September 27, 2011

The King James Version has Paul asking the disciples in Ephesus if they received the Holy Ghost since they believed, that is, subsequent to the act of believing. All modern translations, however, translate the passage “when you believed.” The difference is not a slight one. Entire theologies of a second reception of the Holy Spirit have been based upon this one rendering by the KJV. The doctrine of the Holy Spirit is materially impacted by how one translates this passage.

The King James Only Controversy, James R. White, Bethany, 2009 2nd ed., p.286

White notes that the KJV translation is theoretically possible but that the participle is aorist, active ( πιστεύσαντες ) and ought to mean either concurrent with or prior to the main verb (ἐλάβετε).

Certainly, though, the pentacostal theology of a second blessing is not based on this text of scripture.

John Wesley was no cessationist

January 27, 2011

I do not know that God hath any way precluded Himself from thus exerting His sovereign power, from working miracles in any kind or degree, in any age, to the end of the world. I do not recollect any Scripture where we are taught that miracles are to be confined within the limits either of the Apostolic or the Cyprianic age; or to any period of time, longer or shorter, even to the restoration of all things. I have not observed, either in the Old Testament or the New, any intimation at all of this kind.

John Wesley, “The Principles of a Methodist Father Explained,” etc., in Works, New York, 1856, vol. V, p. 328