A Sermon Delivered by ANN BRANSON, ca. 10th Month, 1833
Journal of Ann Branson, A Minister of the Gospel in the Society of Friends. Philadelphia: W. H. Pile's Sons, 1892, pages 31-32.
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But we must come in the obedience of faith--we must follow the leadings and teachings of the
Holy Spirit, whilst favored with the visitation of Divine mercy, the mercy of God in Christ Jesus
our Lord and Saviour, if we become heirs of eternal salvation. Christ Jesus came not into the
world to suffer and to die for us, to save us in our sins, but from our sins. We must experience the
refining, cleansing operation of his baptism--the baptism of fire and .the Holy Ghost, purging the
temple of our hearts from all that his righteous controversy is with, before He will deign to own
us before his Father and the holy angels. The Lord strengthened me in a remarkable manner on
this memorable occasion to proclaim the gospel unto the people. All were attentive and serious,
and it may be said, truth reigned and triumphed over all, to the praise and honor of his great and
glorious name. This was in the Tenth Month of 1838. From this time I began slowly to recover;
but was closely confined all the ensuing winter to my room, and most of the time to my bed.