BRO. SOWDERS: I started out to be a comfort to God’s people. I fixed beds in my home for the people of God, and had a yacht on the river and used my yacht for the purpose of carrying God’s people across the river.
I saw they were being charged for it.
When I saw how God’s people treated each other – I thought, “How can God’s people treat each other that way?”
I had a preacher close the door,
wouldn’t let me in the church because I had preached a sermon that day and the people said, they hadn’t heard a sermon like that. I though, “Why is it Lord that your people can be so cruel.” God said to me, ”Moses whom they
refused saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge too; That same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer.” (ACT 7:35) I knew at that
moment, God was going to do something for me. I longed to see God’s people have a care for each
other. I remember a little fellow who could quote the whole Bible it seemed. I saw him walk out in front
of the Bible stand with a sweet spirit. All he was doing was walking up and down preaching sanctification as the second definite work of grace. And a big man said, “I rebuke you in the name of Jesus Christ.” This fellow was two feet taller than the little man. He said, ”Paul rebuked, and I rebuke you.” I took care of that little fellow saw that he had a bed. I cared for him for a week or two. I desired to help him out.
I saw the great need for God’s people to have help and assistance. You can notice it today; almost every preacher’s message is to the unsaved people and thousands of God’s people are in need of help.
One time I was waiting on God; I knew I was out of the will of God. I said, “Lord show me your will, I am losing time.”
A large ship – an ark came before me. While I was suffering untold agony, that ship came before me, resting on the water. As I watched it, I saw men going out and bringing
people into the ship. I was watching for myself to bring someone in. I thought, ”Where am I? Don’t I have a job around here?” That part of the ship vanished and I saw the interior of the ship. I saw myself, straightening up their heads, getting them fixed up. The Lord said, “I have lots of men to bring them in, I need someone to work on them when they come in.” That is my job. I went to work on it with all my might. And the results are before us and throughout the United States. I’ll tell you, Bro. Whittaker, Bro. Delt, Bro. Smith and
I can stay separated from each other – never associate, and Bro. Smith will have an individual spirit, Bro. Delt will have an individual spirit, etc. But get together. Bear with each other. Take on the spirit of Jesus Christ. Have a spirit that will reach out, get hold of humanity and bring life, peace and a consolement to God’s people. And they are in need of that today.
That church has a different spirit from that church. Go over there an you will find they have a different spirit. Why? Because the preacher has a different spirit from the other preachers. Just what he is, is what his people will be. If he is grouchy, cold and cruel, the people will have the same spirit. The people who come in will feel that cold, impatient spirit. The greatest ministry is to help hold up God’s people, to bless them. If you do that, God will help you.
The idea is that you get that in Jesus Christ, you don’t get that in some sect. The sect you belong to, if you are not careful, you will take on of that sect. The different sects have different spirits. Look out in pentecost, at the different spirits. Keep this brother around for a while, let the ministers associate with each other and their spirits will begin to blend.
You know a preacher is nothing but a slave. It would be better to put on an apron than a necktie, for that is what we are to do, serve the people and be a servant for God’s people. The first thing we are to do in the ministry, is to see that we provoke people to love and to do good works. Paul said: “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.” (HEB 10:24)
A man one time said to me: “How could you provoke a man to love you?” I said: “How do you provoke a person to hate you, just cross a person. Then you will find just a pat on the back will make a person begin to feel good. But, if you want a person to begin to get discouraged and appear against you, just make them feel they are not doing anything and their work is unprofitable. You take a little child, you can make an industrious child out of it, if the first time she puts a broom in her hand you deal wisely with her. But you may ruin her by boasting on her too much. I learned that when I was a kid. If I brought in a little arm load of wood, just three or four sticks, and Dad would brag on me, he would have to stop me from bringing in the wood. But if I dropped it on the floor, and he hollered at me, I would not pick up another piece. If my school teacher would have known how to teach me I would have amounted to something, but no sir, they whipped me three and four times a day. If he would have just told me, “Willie, no telling what you will turn out to be, maybe a professor.” But, no he tried to whip it into me and it didn’t work.
The year was 1953 in the month of June. Everyone was happy and excited because it was camp-meeting time in Shepardsville, KY, at the Campground. Not only were the people happy and excited, there was one big question: What kind of meeting would it be without Bro William Sowders, who had passed away in October of 1952? This was the first meeting without him, so everyone was wondering what would happen.
To everyone’s surprise, the most wonderful thing happened! They called it the New Experience; it was like a gentle breeze. The saints would just be standing or sitting, talking to one another and the next thing you know, one or both would be on the ground in the Spirit.
There was one minister who wore very expensive clothes who was talking to another brother. The next thing you know, he was on the ground in the mud in his fine suit and silk shirt and could not get up! Every time he would try, he would get back down.
This happened on the first night of the meeting. The next morning when the bread man brought the bread for that day, he had to park at the bottom of the hill and carry the bread because there were so many saints still on the ground, out in the Spirit. The milk man had to do the same way also.
This did not just happen to the saints only but also to the ministers. It was such a wonderful time in the Holy Ghost! Also, they came back to the local churches with this wonderful Spirit.