ASSEMBLY AT PILOT POINT, TEXAS
second General Assembly of the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene met October
8–14, 1908, at Pilot Point, Texas, being the thirteenth General Assembly of
the Church of the Nazarene, the thirteenth annual association of the Pentecostal
Churches of America, and the fourth annual council of the Holiness Church of
Assembly was the result of special efforts of the leaders of these various
bodies to secure union of all the holiness people in America into one body, for
the more effectual spread of scriptural holiness throughout the world. We quote
from the minutes of this Assembly:
OF THE SECOND ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY
OCTOBER 8 -- AFTERNOON
great gathering of saints with happy faces filled the great pavilion as the time
came for the convening of the second General Assembly at Pilot Point, Texas,
October 8, 1908 at 2 p.m.
a very enthusiastic song service led by Rev. I. G. Martin, Rev. J. D. Scott,
pastor of the local church called the multitude to order and spoke a few words
of greeting. He said that the time had arrived for the opening of the Assembly
and called to the platform General Superintendents P. F. Bresee and H. F.
Reynolds, and President H. B. Mitchum. Dr. Bresee, as Senior Superintendent took
the chair and called the Assembly to order. The Assembly arose and sang with
great earnestness and triumph, “Hallelujah Amen.”
service of the hour—the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper—was at once entered
upon. Dr. Bresee read a part of the sixtieth chapter of Isaiah, making very apt
and most inspiring comments. After several prayers the elements were passed to
the kneeling partakers amid the singing softly of “When I see the blood” and
other hymns which speak of the suffering and death of our Lord, and waves of
tenderness swept over the audience, tears of joy being freely shed Rev. I. N.
Short led in prayer at the close of this precious service, and as the
congregation sang “The home of the soul,” the fire fell on the people, and
they shouted and praised God for some time.
Bresee then briefly addressed the Assembly, referring to the rise of the work in
the different parts of the country of the spirit of unity which had been drawing
together the different parts, of the union accomplished at Chicago a year ago,
and the provisional arrangements there made, which, through the action of the
councils of the Holiness Church of Christ, had brought about this Assembly.
secretaries of the last general council of the Holiness Church of Christ, and of
the last General Assembly of the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene, were called
forward to act as secretaries pro tem of the Assembly.
motion. It was unanimously ordered that all ordained ministers of the Holiness
Church of Christ be recognized as members of the Assembly. The roll, as made up
by the secretaries, was then called, those present answering to their names.
OCTOBER 13 -- MORNING
Bresee called the Assembly to order at 8:30 a.m. Brother DeJernett led the
devotional service, which was a gracious season.
minutes of the previous session were read and approved.
R. M. Guy, a former president of the general council of the Holiness Church of
Christ, was introduced and spoke a few words of greeting, giving his experience
in the work of the Lord in the Southland.
W. H. Hoople addressed the Assembly on the prospective joy of the union of the
two churches, and expressed satisfaction in seeing nothing but the spirit of
Jesus in all the deliberations. “It is holiness that has done it, and Jesus is
responsible for it.”
H. B. Mitchum spoke in a very tender way of the gracious leadings of God up to
this moment. He desired to move that “The union of the two churches be now
consummated.” After some remarks from Brother Ruth on the way this union wave
had begun and had continued from the first steps, he said, “Being of one
heart, we should all be one organic body.” He seconded the motion.
John N. Short also spoke of the union of the Pentecostal Churches and the Church
of the Nazarene. He had come on purpose to say “Amen” to this marriage. He
said he loved these people more today than ever. “We are here to live and die
with you.” He also seconded the motion.
J. B. Creighton spoke of the rise of the foe to holiness—fanaticism, and said
that he believed this movement of organized holiness was God’s movement to
deal the death-blow to it. He also seconded the motion for the Northwest.
C. B. Jernigan said that this was the greatest day of his life, for what we see
today he had hunted ever since he got the blessing. He desired to second the
motion for the Southland.
Hosley, of Washington (D. C.) District, spoke to the motion and seconded it for
others spoke to the motion amid great gladness and joy, especially when brethren
of the South hugged brethren from the North.
putting the motion, Dr. Bresee said that this was an epoch-making time. This is
the answer to Christ’s prayer, but it is only the early dawn and we are going
forth to victory. The motion being put, it was passed unanimously by a rising
vote, amid great enthusiasm, at 10:40 a. m. October 13, 1908.
burst of holy joy continued for several minutes. Brethren of the South throwing
their arms around brethren of the North, East, and West, at the same time
singing a new hymn written for the occasion by L. Milton Williams and I. G.
Martin, to the tune of “Dixie.” Soon the inside of the tent became too small
for the freedom of such a joy, and the people began marching out and around the
great tent, with waving handkerchiefs and shouts of joy, and eventually formed
in an immense solid circle on the grounds, where Dr. Bresee mounted a chair and
addressed the multitude in words of inspiration, which moved the hearts of all.
the time of the General Assembly at Pilot Point, the Holiness Church of Christ
had two good schools: the Arkansas Holiness College, located at Vilonia, Ark.,
and the Missionary and Bible Training School, located at Pilot Point, Texas.
They also had eight missionaries already on the field: Rev. L. A. Campbell and
wife, Rev. Andy Fritzlan and Miss Ollie Nelson in India; Rev. S. M. Stafford and
Rev. B. A. Hunt in Mexico; and Misses Lula Williams and Lillian Pool in Japan.
was also a paper The Holiness Evangel, published at Pilot Point, Texas, which
was the official organ of the church, with Rev. C. B. Jernigan and Rev. J. D.
Scott, editors. This paper had a wide circulation and had stirred up a lively
interest in holiness church work.