Tales of the Congaree

By Edward C. L. Adams; Robert G. O'Meally | Go to book overview

If You Want to Find Jesus

A preacher in Charleston was holding a revival and he had one text he preached. Every night he said his text, "Well, Sisters and brothers, my subject tonight as before, I usually preaches every night one thing, I preaches one chapter about gainin' sinners, and it is my work to go out sinner hunting and devil driving."

And the Sisters say to him, "Yes, Buddy, that is what we want, to drive the devil. God send you here.""Yes," he says, "I want to gain sinners for the Kingdom of God, and my subject will be tonight my stan-by as before, 'sinners, ef you wants to find Jesus, come on the Lord's side.'"

And he was preaching that way every night, and a little boy got to studying devilment. They had a little glass on the altar where the preacher drank to clear his throat. And the little boy went and set a glass of whiskey up there. And he start his text that night. And after a while he went to clear his throat, and he missed the water and got hold of the whiskey glass, and he got to feeling good and commenced to preach sure enough then, and he said, "Sinners, ef you wants to find Jesus, come on the Lord's side." The Sisters moaning over there in the corner, "Um-m-m-m, um-m-m-m, tell it, Brother, tell it. If you wants to find Jesus, come on the Lord's side."

He felt like a drink again and he took that same glass and drank it about half way, and he start sure enough, "Sinners, I says, if you wants to find Jesus come on the Lord's side, come on the Lord's side." And the Sisters started to moaning. And the little boy went over in the corner where he had a banjo, and he saw the preacher had took about half of it and he took his little banjo and he hit it, tum, lum, tum, lum, tum, lum. And the preacher listened over there, and that sounded good when he was drinking, and he reached back and he got that glass and dreen it, and the sisters got to moaning sure enough and the little boy thought he had the preacher about right and he started to picking right. Tum, lum, tum, lum, tum, a lum

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