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J A (John Allen) Wood was born 6/24/1828, at Fishkell, NY. “Fishkill” is from 2 Dutch words “vis” (fish) & “kil” (creek) & is located some 50 miles north of NYC.  As many Americans, his death place was further west, in his case about as far as possible – he died in California, 7/7/1905.

Wood was saved in his 10th year of life & was filled with the Holy Spirit in his 10th year of his preaching. His mother (name unknown to eab) told him, when he announced his call to preach that he “would carry an empty pocket & live from hand to mouth,” not a great encouragement from family.  He resisted the idea & doctrine of sanctification (the “old man” does not want to admit he exists &/or can be removed in this life) but was won to holiness by some of the lives of his congregation.

After being sanctified himself he penned a holiness classic entitled Perfect Love.  That book has been a blessing to many including helping yours truly.  He also was a great power in the once strong National Holiness Association. (The Interchurch Holiness Convention, IHC, in a way replaced the NHA among more careful-living souls in the mid 1900s.)

The following are quotes from Wood’s Perfect Love:

   The fact that a man is tempted is not proof that he is sinful…unfelt trial is no trial and pain on mind…is no more sin than pain of body. p61

   We have records of professions of perfect love in all the journals of the old Methodists…the golden pot of Methodist biography is brimful of the manna of sanctified experience. p151

   Men cannot be public sinners and then become private saints. p240

 

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