The ministers of the olden time were of the stuff of which heroes are made. They were in
labors abundant, in journeys oft and far. They suffered from hunger and thirst, from perils from men
and beasts, from poverty and toil. Yet they failed not nor faltered, but were faithful unto the end.
They secured great results, for above all else they were men of great faith. They took God
into partnership, and he was often drawn upon, and always acknowledged the draft. Thus out of the
trials was evolved sainthood, and out of their sanctification came glorification.
They were men who were great in prayer. They often trod the way into the Holy of holies.
They were importunate in their faith. They expected to receive an answer, and so it came.
Their training was such that they read human nature like an open book. It seemed at times
as if they were inspired. Their messages brought hidden things to light, and made the greatest
They were all things to all men, yet they never ceased to be manly, noble, and true. Their
lives were a rebuke to other men because of their purity. Their fearlessness was a challenge to the
powers of evil to do their worst. They were great defenders of the faith. They defended the truth
against Calvinists, Arians, deists, and Universalists. Rarely were they beaten. They had to defend
their flock from the proselytizer, the infidel, and rum, and they did it bravely and valiantly.
All hail to our Methodist preachers of olden days! From them we may derive lessons of
wisdom and cheer. We are in the midst of a great conflict. They can teach us how to fight. We may
have better equipment, a fairer field, and a more courteous opponent, but we can never surpass
them in the splendor of their manly spirit and sacrifice.
METHODIST HEROES OF OTHER DAYS
By Samuel Gardiner Ayres
The Methodist Book Concern
New York — Cincinnati
Printed Book Copyright, 1916
by Samuel Gardiner Ayres
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Digital Edition 11/28/97
By Holiness Data Ministry