East Tennessee Revival, Part 3 – An Inexhaustive Review of the History, Current Events, and Future Promises By David Townsend
Part Three of Four: The Knoxville Boy, Healed from 26 Diseases
Consider the mercy of God for a moment. When A. A. Allen’s ministry visited this area, the Lord offered the gift of the Holy Spirit in a whole new dimension. Allen Meetings regularly saw power much like what was seen at the Shearer Schoolhouse with signs, wonders, and healings, except offered to thousands of people all at once. If it had been received, the immediate impact on Knoxville and region would have been tremendous. Yet rather than receive it, the Christian leadership of this area rejected it and viciously destroyed the character of the messenger. Imagine if one of us refused a precious gift from a friend or brother with such ferocity. It would be understandable for them to never speak to us again. Yet, the Lord’s ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts are high above (Isaiah 55:9). Believe it or not, within 5 years of the rejection, the Lord would do something to communicate to this region that He was willing to show mercy and return if there was repentance. What is more, His message would come through the same vessel that was rejected: A.A. Allen.