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influence the American and global Pentecostal movements since he no longer
had an inexpensive way to reach the masses. The following documents are a
reproduction of the original texts, although most have been shortened due
to space limitations. The date and page number in parentheses were not in
the original and are included here for reference.
29. PENTECOST HAS COME
los angeles being visited by a revival
of bible salvation and pentecost
as recorded in the book of acts
(September 1906, 1)
The power of God now has this city agitated as never before. Pentecost has
surely come and with it the Bible evidences are following, many being con-
verted and sanctified and filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues
as they did on the day of Pentecost. The scenes that are daily enacted in the
building on Azusa street [sic] and at Missions and Churches in other parts of
the city are beyond description. . . .
The meetings are held in an old [ame] Methodist church that had been
converted in part into a tenement house, leaving a larger unplastered, barn-
like room on the ground floor. Here about a dozen congregated each day,
holding meetings on Bonnie Brae in the evening. The writer attended a few
of these meetings and being so diVerent from anything he had seen and not
hearing any speaking in tongues, he branded the teaching as third-blessing
heresy, and thought that settled it. It is needless to say the writer was com-
pelled to do a great deal of apologizing and humbling himself to get right
with God.
In a short time God began to manifest His power and soon the building
could not contain the people. Now the meetings continue all day and into
the night and the fire is kindling all over the city and surrounding towns.
Proud, well dressed preachers come into “investigate.” Soon their high looks
are replaced with wonder, then conviction came, and . . . in a short time
wallowing on the dirty floor, asking God to forgive them and make them
as little children.
It would be impossible to state how many have been converted, sanctified,
and filled with the Holy Ghost. They have been and are daily going out to all
points of the compass to spread this wonderful gospel.
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