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C W Ruth died 5/27/1941 at Wilmore, KY, where he had for years been a trustee of Asbury College.  He was born Christian Wismer Ruth, 9/1/1865, the only son of David & Susanna (Wismer) Ruth in Bucks, PA.   His sisters were Mary Hunsberger, Sallie Bishop, & Elizabeth Winsch. When Ruth was 17 he was born of the Spirit & a year later was Filled with the Holy Spirit.  He would go on to be a well-known exponent of the second definite work of grace called Sanctification.

At 19 he moved to Indiana.  There he met & married Emma Springer (9/15/1885) in Indianapolis. Their union was blessed by Emma Naomi Shellabear – who lived in Hartford, CT, Raymond (may have been called “George”) Ruth – who lived in Pasadena, CA, Roy Ruth (a minister) – who resided in Ontario, CA, Dr Elbert Ruth – of Cincinnati, & Margaret Grace Young – who lived in Richmond Hill, NY. The wife of his youth died February 1937. He married Laura Whitaker of Nevada, IA (date & location of the ceremony appear lost) but it’s known that Laura outlived Bro. Ruth.

Ruth was instrumental in the formation of the Nazarene Church – one of her most beloved evangelists. John Brasher (Methodist contemporary) said “few men have traveled more, worked more constantly & had more definite or larger results in their ministry…He was too large to be sectarian. He loved holiness more than he loved any denomination.”  Ruth also worked closely with the once powerful National Holiness Assoication. (Personal – I was a bass in God’s Bible School choir when we sang for the NHA in downtown Cincy c.’58).  

His books: Entire Sanctification Explained, and The Second Crisis in Christian Experience – Worth reading!

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A mistake is a thing you did when you knew no better; a sin is a thing you did when you did know better…the motive determines the morality of the act.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 33.

 When a man does not want holiness I know he wants sin. 

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 66.

It is not the manifestation we want at all it is Him we want.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 100.

 …Let me say most emphatically every soul that enters this experience will have its wilderness…

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 101.

 …The larger the treasure in the house the greater the effort of the thief to break through and steal.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 102.

 They [the world] say “We go to the theatre, play cards, dance, go to football games, horse races, etc. etc. and so do your church members.”

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 131.

Faith will annihilate fret or fret will annihilate faith.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 141.

Sanctified people need to remember that the spirit of heaviness is entirely compatible with the spirit of holiness.      

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 183.

 A present tense faith will bring a present tense victory.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 184.

 Faith is to the soul what your breath is to the body.

– C W Ruth, Bible Readings on the Second Blessing (Cincinnati: God’s Bible School & Revivalist, 1905), 188.

 C. W. (Christian Wismer) Ruth was born this date 9/1/1865 in Bucks Co., PA.  He wrote Entire Sanctification Explained, and The Second Crisis in Christian Experience, Ruth died 5/27/1941 at Wilmore, KY.

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