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The Rev. Frank Bartleman was a leader in the 1907 visitation of the Holy Spirit on Azusa Street in L.A. He said, "We have too much Chinese Joss, and Dance Hall Jazz music. Charles G. Finney, the mighty evangelist, discouraged even too much good singing. It kills conviction. We spend too much steam on our whistle. Pentecost means ’fifty.’ Some of ours is ’fifty-fifty.’"



He added, "The missions were drifting into the hands of man again and much ’flesh’ at times was manifest. I tried to keep true to the ’heavenly vision.’ At times the manifestations would become of such a character there seemed little Spirit in them. They would evaporate into thin air. At other times the meetings were very powerful.



"But the temptation seemed to be always, as today, toward empty manifestation. This does not require any particular cross or death to the self-life. Hence it is always popular. But there is only one safe, honest course to pursue with the ’old man.’ Bury him under six feet of earth, with his face downward. The harder he scratches, the deeper he will go.’"

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