My Experience in the Word of Faith Movement Pt. 10-Hannah Whitall Smith (cont’d)

Posted: January 24, 2014 in Uncategorized
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In my last post in this series, I was documenting the early life of Hannah Whitall Smith. I will continue with this today.

Speaking of the lack of theological training, and the dependence on “unction”, instead of study prep. for sermons:

For not only was there to be no especial training for the ministry, but it was not thought right to make preparation for any particular service or meeting. “Friends” were supposed to go to their meetings with their minds a blank, ready to receive any message that the Holy Spirit might see fit to impart. None of them could tell before hand whether the inspiration would or would not come to them; and the promise was clear that, should it come, it would be given them in that same hour [ala MT 10:8-10] what they should speak. All preparation for preaching therefore was felt to be a disloyalty to the Holy Spirit, and was called “creaturely activity”, meaning hat it was the creature in the individual, and not the Spirit of God, that had taken control. And no such preaching was ever felt to have that “unction of the Spirit” which was the Quaker test of all ministry.” [1]

1. Smith, Hannah Whitall. “Quaker “Truth” and Quaker “Ministry”” The Unselfishness of God and How I Discovered It. New York: Garland Pub., 1985. N. pag. Print. Kindle file.

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