solidarity of any church or movement depends very largely upon its traditions,
and “lest we forget” it is necessary for some one of each generation to
commit the most precious of our traditions to writing. It is a matter of so
great difficulty to repeat accurately what is told us that it is a happy fortune
when the writer is himself conversant with the facts which he records. Also, it
is a matter of impossibility for an outside observer to enter into spiritual
sympathy with matters in which he has no experience or personal interest;
therefore it is of first importance that the chronicler be “one of them”
himself in order to insure the dependability of his interpretation.
people known as “holiness people” will all agree that the matter contained
in this book should be given to posterity. Intimate knowledge of the beginning
of our distinctive work will soon be a matter of history; and yet this knowledge
will always be necessary to a complete understanding of the work of holiness at
any particular period. Just as the complete knowledge of the oak must imply an
understanding of the acorn, so the Nazarene of the future should have at least
some knowledge of those days when the doctrine of holiness as a second work of
grace was preached by pioneers in tents and brush arbors without an organized
C. B. Jernigan has had more intimate contact with the men and movements which
have made for the success of the work of holiness in the South than any living
man. Also, his zeal, activity, and love for the work of holiness brought him
into close touch with the men and movements of every part of the nation, so that
he has the most synthetic knowledge of the early days of the holiness movement
of any man of my knowledge. It is indeed fitting that he should write this book
and thus perform a service due from his generation.
book is full of human interest and will be read, not merely for its valuable
history, but also for its devotional merit. It is, so far as I know, the only
book of its kind and will serve a purpose that is both unique and important. It
will have a wide reading and will commend itself for its candor and fairness.
to the author, I can not feel that I either could or should introduce him to
readers of holiness books, for he is better known to such people than I am.
However, my intimate acquaintance with him does make it a real pleasure to
commend him and his book to the reading public and to offer an earnest prayer
that the good which the author desires may be accomplished.