From the Pulpit of a Holiness Preacher
An email newsletter ministry of Richard D. Swift, publishing the sermons of Rev. Reed A. Swift (1899-1973), a holiness preacher
The following sermon was actually addressed to preachers, perhaps at a preachers' convention. It is written on the back of a letter from Spiegel and is addressed to Rev. Reed A Swift Jena, Lousiana. It is dated 1/11/44. Apparently he had apparently ordered three darts from Spiegel, Inc. and had not recieved them. the letter states that a check for .44 is enclosed! Anyway, Rev. Swift had been District Superintendent of the Lousiana Conference of the Free Methodist Church 1939-'43, and from 1943-'44, he was an itinerant evangelist for the Free Methodist church in the Southern states.
Keep the Spirit Down Through the Years (for preachers)
Acts 1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."
Introduction- I'll say of myself [that I am] naturally dumb and slow. But one day, I waited on God; he filled me with the Holy Ghost. Glory! I am still dumb and slow but not as bad! But, greater is He that is for me, than all that is against me.
I can never be as great a preacher as some of you men are or can be, but I think some of you need a Spiritual bomb of Ambition.
Work if you need to, anything to make your ministry successful.
Be a go-getter- Don't let the work die.
Be independent- Don't be disgruntled.
If no faith in results- Go to calling Acts 1:8
Pastor is the key man! Have Revivals.
God did not call you to be a fizzle. Tarry until He, the Holy Ghost comes
[Illustration of] my garden- [it had to be] ploughed!
Prepare the Way of the Lord. Some pastors' preparation for revival, seeds:
"Ye shall recieve power after the Holy Ghost is come."
1. Is your ministry powerless? The Holy Ghost is drawing.
2. You want to dress modest.
3. Talk like one [a Spirit filled preacher].
4. Be blessed like one.
5. I believe you'll pay your debts.
6. Be courteous
7. Quit dipping snuff, chewing tobacco, sucking cigars. [Note: This practice was already forbidden by the Free Methodist General Rules. A principle is laid here though. Quit doing things or putting things into your body that harm the temple of the Holy Ghost!] The [black] woman said, "Gone to meddling now!"
8. I believe you'll go to church every chance possible, even if a Sunday reunion is going on.
9. Keep the Sabbath Holy.
10. Long tongued gossip will cease.
11. Unity among the brethren. Love thinketh no evil.
12. Love is a cure for stomach ulcers. Anyone can make himself sick. Find your pulse. Worry causes sickness. Are you starved to death? God's will is active.
13. Get out of debt.
14. You donot lack ability but initiative. Don't be tied to your wife's apron strings. Assist, sure, but...
Some laity do seem blind, but the pastor must be active and alive.
"We are co-workers together with Christ." "Ye shall recieve power." Power over yourself. Many hungry souls may be led to Christ if you are filled.
[This concludes my grandfather's sermon.] [Editor's Note: WARNING! I feel led by the Holy spirit to add this warning to the above sermon.
A person may never understand the Biblical doctrine of Entire Sanctification as a second definite instantaneous work of grace subsequent to the work of grace known as Justification (the new birth or being born again). But, Holiness of heart is neccessary for heaven (Matthew 5:6; 1st Thessalonians 4:3-7 & 5:23; and Hebrews 12:14).When a Christian realizes the need in the heart for a deeper experience or sees the inner depravity of the heart and recognizes the need for the cleansing work of the Holy Ghost, but fails to seek until recieving that experience and work of divine grace, there is the danger of backsliding. There is also the danger of accepting a substitute for Holiness (Hebrews 12:15-17). Reader, I don't send these sermons out for some kind of personal gratification. I send these out for the purpose of spreading the Gospel of Scriptural Holiness.
A preacher who fails to seek for and until recieving the cleansing Baptism with the Holy Ghost and with Fire by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ is in even more danger than a non-preacher. Preachers who fail to get sanctified wholly will not only backslide or accept a substitute, they may actually preach against holiness and may preach false doctrine. The blood of their followers will be on their hands! In "Likes and Dislikes of a Sanctified Person", by L.R. Thomas, we read, "He dislikes all compromising, worldliness, and modern isms, including Modernism, Lodgism, Seventh Dayism, Oxford Groupism, British Israelism, etc., etc., etc." "He dislikes being blind to deliberate deception in theology, in church life, in conduct, of those who profess to be Christians." (This tract was in my grandfather's note book for a Holiness Convention he held at a Free Methodist Church in Miami, Florida in January/February, 1943. I had it laminated many years ago when I
aquired these sermons from Grandma Swift in 1985.)
Preacher, don't settle for anything less than Holiness of heart and life! Don't accept and preach a substitute!]
Yours for Radical Holiness,
Richard D. Swift
505 Hickory Hills Dr.
Dexter, MO 63841