PROMISE OF THE FATHER;

OR,


A NEGLECTED SPECIALITY OF THE LAST DAYS.


ADDRESSED TO


The Clergy and Laity of all Christian Communities.


Phoebe-Worrall-Palmer


Palmer, Mrs. Phoebe
THE AUTHOR OF
“THE WAY OF HOLINESS,” “ENTIRE DEVOTION,” “FAITH AND
ITS EFFECTS,” “USEFUL DISCIPLE,” “INCIDENTAL ILLUSTRATIONS OF
THE ECONOMY OF SALVATION,” ETC.





"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy" (Joel 3:28).

"And behold I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high" (Luke 24:49).

"This is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel" (Acts 2:16).









1859






TO THE

REV. DUDLEY A. TYNG,

WHO BEING DEAD YET SPEAKETH, AND WHOSE IMPERISHABLE

NAME WILL EVER STAND ENROLLED IN FURURE HISTORY

AMONG THE FEARLESS DEFENDERS OF RIGHT

PRINCIPLES, AND WHOSE DYING WORDS,

"Stand up for Jesus,"

WILL, TILL THE REMOTEST PERIOD OF TIME, BE A

WATCHWORD FOR ALL ZEALOUS PROMOTERS

OF CHRISTIAN TRUTH,

THIS WORK

IS INSCRIBED.





I have used blockquotes for some of the longer quotations used in the book. Occasionally, the ending of the quote is not indicated in the book, and I have had to guess at these. There are also letters included in the text — and I have also sometimes had to guess where the text of the letter ended.

This is a spirited defense of women in ministry. While Palmer does not deal specifically with the issue of ordination, as such, she strongly defends the woman’s right (and responsibility) to preach. Charles Edward White says:

Ranging from Justin Martyr to Queen Victoria, Mrs Palmer defended her thesis by appealing to Hebrew and Greek etymology, the Old and New Testaments, the church fathers, the example of female leaders in early Methodism, and the evident blessing of God upon women’s ministries in her own day.

Phoebe Palmer argues that since the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, both women and men have been given the privilege — and duty — of proclaiming the Gospel of Christ.

Students of Methodist history will discover many fascinating accounts of women who were leaders in the early Methodist movement. Chapter 12 is very long — and includes accounts of the Tuesday afternoon meetings which were held for the promotion of Christian holiness. The book is filled with stories and letters.

All in all, this is the most interesting of all Phoebe Palmer's writings.

— Craig L. Adams.




CONTENTS





PREFACE.

CHAPTER I.
"Woman's rights" not the theme of discussion.
Deborah a prophetess — a judge — a warrior. Official deputation sent to Huldah in the days of Jeremiah. Queen Victoria. Worldly usages reprove. "Let your women keep silence.” "I suffer not a woman to teach.” Female ministry. Mr. Gurney's opinion. Was Mary immodest when she proclaimed Christ to her brethren? Woman the first apostle to the Samaritans. Woman's privileges and woman's position. A serious wrong.


CHAPTER II.
A question in vital connection with the triumphs of the cross.
Who composed the company? Public error demands public refutation. Men unlike angels. What the endowment of power. Women prohibited from praying in the presence of their brethren, reproved by apostolic usages. Female disciples. Affectionate constancy. Women first commissioned to proclaim the gospel. Angelic commission. Divine commission.


CHAPTER III.
The “promise of the Father" alike to his daughters as to his sons.
Pentecost. United ministrations. Scattered men and women preaching the word. Locke's paraphrase. Paul And Moses contrasted. Dr. A. Clarke's opinion. Dialogue between Justin Martyr and Trypho the Jew. — Women evangelists. A supposition. A life picture. Who Was Rejected? What Is Truth?


CHAPTER IV.
In What Does The Gift Of Prophecy Consist.
Puseyism. How nunneries may be multiplied. Miss Marsh. Expositions of Scripture by a lady. Dr. Wayland’s opinion. Practical illustrations. "Philip's daughters prophetesses.” Barnes' Notes, 1 Cor. xi.15. Scriptural meaning of the word
prophecy. Male and female prophets. The only difference — Why do not women go veiled? Inquisitive women. A doctrine that proves too much. Relic of Popery — Pilate's Question.

CHAPTER V.
Has not the gift of prophecy been used to profit by women in every age?
Deaconesses ordained to the office — Popery despoils woman of her rights. Woman class-leaders. Resuscitation of woman's gifts, with the revival of apostolic religion. Churchman's views of lay labors. Mrs. W. a lady or lay preacher. Able divine. A churchwoman preaching. Wonderful because consistent — Lawyer convicted by a female voice in prayer. Shortest way to a sinner's heart — Testimony of Sir R. Otley. Isaiah's wife.


CHAPTER VI.
Restive Influences Anticipated.
Mrs. Mary Taft. Divine call. Extraordinary fruit. About two hundred of her spiritual children called to the ministry — Her popularity endangers her church membership. Mr. H.'s gospel — Man in the hay-loft. Chamber prayer meeting. Her hearers — magistrates — clergymen — peer of the realm — Calvinistic minister gives his pulpit. Fills an appointment for Rev. Mr. Pawson. — Living epistles.


CHAPTER VII.
Exemplification Of Holy Heroism.
"Weaker vessel" — Women praying before men. Dr. Clarke, "one woman equal to seven men and a half.” Rev. H. Woodruff s opinion. Dr. T. E. Bond. "Why women love Jesus.” Rev. Dr. Jobson. "A great error" — “Presbyteress.” Burder's opinion of Mrs. Fletcher — time — heart and fortune devoted. Perfect specimen of a Christian family. Happy union. Widowhood. Husband's lack of service supplied. Several small chapels. How she exercised her ministry. Church women and lay preachers. Laymen and lay-women. Mr. Wesley.


CHAPTER VIII.
Dignified position — standing up with unpopular truth.
Why the doctrines of the cross will never be popular. Wonderful achievements and wonderful facts. Miss Mallett. Brethren of the household withstand worse than death. Living, not a dead sacrifice required. Praying and preaching in an unconscious state. What helped to enlarge Mr. W.'s views on female preaching. Voice of the people not always the voice of the preachers. Credentials from conference. Fatherly advices from Mr. W. Mrs. C. — receives her commission. Itinerant or field preacher. Obliged to get into the desk. Labors abundant. Recapitulation. Nearing home. On the wing for glory.


CHAPTER IX.
Special demands of truth on the ministry.
By whom has the use of woman's gift been most seriously resisted? A sensitive and talented laborer. Sinking beneath the cross. Thorns in a dying pillow. Miss Hurrell, “teacher of teachers.” Miss Lawrence. A martyr spirit. Confirmation in the Old Leeds Church. Receives the “promise of the Father.” Spirit of Elijah on Elisha. Beautiful dream. Love for hate. Dancing party. Supplies a congregation four years. Flight to glory. Mrs. B. Hall — an eminent woman — expounds the Scriptures. Miss Newman — refuses to sell novels. Baptism of fire. Life a development of power. Mrs. Gilbert — tarries at Jerusalem. Torrent of softening eloquence.


CHAPTER X.
Church without a pastor.
Official board. Altar fires waning. Lady of reputation. Cost counted. Emptied, cleansed, and filled. Image of Christ as the Man of Sorrows. Sanctification of the intellect. Novel plan. Testimony in a Congregational Church. Who the witnessing stranger? Message rejected. Why? Who inflicted the deepest wound. “Ye did it unto me."


CHAPTER XI.
The union meeting.
What can be the matter? Prayers of a Judas or Spirit-baptized Mary — which preferred? God's order versus man's order. Not according to the measure of the gift, but according to the sex. The minister's wife. Message repulsed. Renderings against the dictates of common sense. Why do not Protestants adopt other relics of Popery? Reflex influence disastrous. The business man at church. Prayer and conference meetings. Singularly uncourteous. At variance with reason and the refinements of Christianity.


CHAPTER XII.
Indications that women are now being endued with the spirit of prophecy.­
Experience of a friend. An act of irrevocable and unconditional surrender. Gift of power received. Testifies before thousands. Remarkable results. How the weak may be made strong. Whole burnt sacrifices required. How used, exemplified. Unspeakable triumphs the effect or fruit of salvation. The ordination. What holiness again. Is that all? Fifty saved at one meeting. Minister's perplexities. The lost saved. Saved on earth as in heaven. That is the question. Ten months' seeker. The baptism of fire. The young lady. Reachings of faith. Letter to Mr. E. W. All consecrated but the will. The question settled and the witness received. The open testimony. Letter to Rev. H. V. D. An eventful evening. The promised gift retained, and how. Manifestations of spiritual life. Doctrines of the cross unpopular. Exemplifications of power. A Wesleyan minister's opinion. The tongue of fire received and its effects. Do I walk worthy of my Father? An incident in my experience. Can one made meet for heaven remain on earth? Saved after she had ceased to weep. Cost of faith's superstructure. The Tuesday meeting. How to become a model Christian. Two steps to the blessing. A holy call and a holy heart. Popular favor a trying test. The present dispensation and its responsibilities. Letter To Rev. W. H. D. Outpouring of the Spirit in H. Letter to Rev. Mr. F. Effect of a pentecostal baptism In L. Bands of soul savers. Letter to Dr. B. Letter to Dr. S. Letter to Dr. H. Revivals extraordinary. Letter to Mr. D. Letter from C. A believing meeting. Letter To Sister L.


CHAPTER XIII.
A Church In Need Of Power.
Request before the minister and church session. Decision. Seeks an asylum from persecution in another denomination. Family gathering. Wife and daughters sit in silence. Worldly and Christian courtesies contrasted. Minister's text and deductions. Sudden outpouring of the Spirit. Female instrumentality. Miss Miller. Hundreds of charmed hearers. Mr. Bramwell's appreciation of female laborers.


CHAPTER XIV.
Female laborer before a New York audience.
Amazed listeners. A church acknowledging the gift, but not using it. A daughter of the church turned away. What ought to be anticipated. Psalm 68:11. "Of the female preachers there was a great host.” Incredulity anticipated/ Self-imposed blindness. Who have been the crucifiers? — Last act in the drama of the world's redemption.


CHAPTER XV.
Meaning of the word preach.
Who are called to preach? Grace tested and proclaimed. What class of truth most effectual in ht conviction of unbelievers. Female witnesses called forth. Forbidden by the church to speak. Revolting revelation. New pastor. All invited to speak. Women not a part of all. — Crucified by an official enactment. The most pious the greatest sufferers. What would rectify the error.


CHAPTER XVI.
A minister's experience.
Deacon's daughter. Husband's mortification. Injustice to his saviour and his wife. A potter's field. The church estranges herself from woman's gifts. Lady of superior mental endowment. Gifts brought within the church pale. Sepulchered in the midst. A libel on the religion of Jesus. God will require the return of woman's gifts with
usury — Who will meet the demand? Particle of old leaven. The church buries the gifts of three fourths of her members.

CHAPTER XVII.
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
Early visitor. Not insincere, but mistaken. Man of business waiting for the baptism of fire. The minister resolves not to leave his study till the full baptism is obtained. Revival succeeds. Where faith is not needful. The way in which many sin. Weighty truths. The point where the tongue of fire falls. Claim to discipleship may be lost.


CHAPTER XVIII.
Female disciple oversteps the precincts of her own church fold.
Wonderful testimony. Scriptural searchings. How to open heaven's windows. No responsive chord. Divine sympathy. Religious and social courtesies contrasted. Efforts of false religions — Remarkable change of opinion consequent on a change of experience. Portrayings from real life promised. Impious doubtings.


CHAPTER XIX.
How the promise of the Father was received.
Symmetrical holiness contemplated and desired. Good news. A question better not asked. Eight weeks' study. Fasting, weeping, and praying. New emotions. Presence of Christ a reality. Rushing mighty wind in the soul. Anchored on the promises. Sunbeams of love. Kept from falling. Walking in the way. Name of the way. Filled to overflowing. Surrounded by God's presence. Angel visit. Recapitulation of testimony.


CHAPTER XX.
Testimony of a life-long acquaintance.
Singularly effective labors. Church in the wilderness. Varied ministrations. Angel of mercy. How born into the kingdom of grace. Remains of the carnal mind. Wrestling with the angel of the covenant. Midnight devotions. Walking and talking with God. Witness lost, and how. Covenant with God. Coming to the Father through the Son. Fighting in Canaan. Witness of purity regained. Converse with Deity.


CHAPTER XXI.
Testimony Of A Congregational Minister.
College days. Converted. Theological studies. Enters the ministry. Smitten by a wise man. God uses the pruning knife. Civil duties. Preaching self, not Christ. Full consecration. Believing and knowing. Call to preach made plain. Not authorship or professorship, but the gospel. Conventionalism and sectarianism in one black bundle. Right text. Sinai of eternity. Ocean of love. Ark of faith. Scene in the church. Sealing of the Spirit. Keen battles. Stepping stones to glory.