“Incredible”: autobiography of John Nelson Parr — Contents
Chapter Three: Incredible Search for Power
INCREDIBLE PENTECOSTAL REVIVAL
The Rev. A. A. Boddy planned a great Whitsuntide Convention at All Saints, Sunderland, and the chief speaker was Rev. T. B. Barrett. We decided to send Brother Dan Parsley to this convention and bring back a report. He came back and told us it was just like the Acts of the Apostles. Jesus was gloriously magnified, many were speaking in other tongues, many miracles of healing were seen in the name of Jesus and he definitely said “this revival is from God”. After his report we became very desperate and we decided to hold a Christmas Convention in Stanley Hall, Longsight. We invited two or three from Kilsyth and Preston who had been Baptised in the Spirit and spoken in tongues. Many people had been to Sunderland and the Pentecostal Revival had spread to Preston, Lytham, Kilsyth, Blackburn, London and other places.
During the convention one of the speakers said to me as I knelt seeking the Lord in prayer “Have you been Baptised in the Spirit?” I replied “Yes” (for I sincerely believed I had been baptised in the Holy Ghost). Then he said “What are you seeking?” and I replied “A greater fullness of the Holy Spirit”. He replied “Did you speak in tongues, when you were Baptised in the Spirit?” I said “No”; then he replied “You have never been baptised in the Spirit”. From that moment I sought the Lord earnestly for the Baptism in the Spirit. On Christmas day morning, Sunday, December 25th, 1910, a young man was Baptised in the Spirit and spoke in tongues. It was at the end of the breaking of bread service, when I heard someone speaking in a strange language. I opened my eyes and looked at him. His face was wonderfully radiant and he kept moving his hands as though he was holding a conversation with someone and talking to them in a strange language. I did not like noisy people and I thought it was wonderful to be Baptised in the Spirit in that way. At the night meeting on Christmas day 1910 I was sitting at the back of the hall, feeling I had come to the end of myself. Prayer meetings were held every night for three weeks prior to the Christmas Convention and I had been to every prayer meeting and had not yet been Baptised in the Spirit. I was sitting down in the attitude of prayer right at the back of the hall, and I was singing to myself very quietly, and meaning every word “gentle Jesus meek and mild. look upon a little child; pity my simplicity, suffer me to come to Thee”. That verse fully expressed my feelings. When I came to the end of the verse, the Spirit of God fell on me in mighty power, shaking me from head to foot; I gripped the heavy pine form in front of me to try and stop the shaking but then the form commenced shaking so I took my hands off it. In a few moments I bellowed out speaking in other tongues. After speaking a few sentences in other tongues, then I spoke in English; this apparently being the interpretation of the message and this continued for about four hours until about 2 a.m. We knew nothing about the gift of interpretation but that night the Spirit of God operated that gift through me for about four hours. After this experience I understood what it meant in Acts chapter four, verse 31 where it says “When they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together”. Nearly all the messages given that night by tongues and interpretation were about the imminence of the second coming of the Lord Jesus.
The Bible says “He that prophesieth edifieth the church” but the same verse also reads “He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself” 1 Cor. 14:4. This passage explains why Paul wrote “I thank God I speak with tongues more than ye all” 1 Cor. 14:8 and his statement in verse 19 does not abrogate his thanks to God because he was able to worship and praise the God of heaven profusely in other tongues. It was sixty years on December 25th, 1970 since the Lord Baptised me in the Spirit, just as He did the hundred and twenty on the day of Pentecost and during that period it has been my joy to praise the Lord in other tongues every day and also sing in other tongues and I have discovered that this is a source of tremendous edification.
After the fire fell in Stanley Hall, Longsight, Manchester; at the Christmas Convention 1910, people were continually getting saved and immediately Baptised in the Spirit. Reports of the meetings spread like wildfire throughout the city. Many ministers condemned this Pentecostal Revival from their pulpits, and one famous minister wrote a book “Speaking in Tongues. Is it from Above or Below”. One minister publicly said the work was the work of the devil, however, the Lord soon put his hand on him and that man’s ministry dried up. One of the evidences that this glorious Pentecostal Revival was God’s Revival was that Jesus had become ten thousand times more wonderful than He was before we were Baptised in the Spirit. We visited every house in the Longsight district talking about Jesus and winning souls for Christ. We kept the Baptistery open and filled with water, so that those who accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Saviour, could be baptised as soon as possible and then we laid hands on them and they were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke in other tongues, many were healed and mighty miracles were wrought in the name of the Lord Jesus. We had meetings every night and they were crowded. From 1910 until 1914 revival fire was burning with glorious intensity in our midst and the leaders of many Christian movements were continually writing articles and books condemning what they called “The Tongues Movement”. The more these people condemned, criticised, ostracised and persecuted us the more the Pentecostal Revival Fire spread and from 1908 to 1914 groups of Pentecostal Christians were gathered together all over the British Isles and Northern Ireland. The raging venomous opposition of our enemies could not extinguish the fires of Pentecostal Revival.
Chapter 5: Incredible Impoverishment
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