The Rev William Haslam was an English country
parson whose story is told in two autobiographical volumes - 'From
Death into Life' and 'Yet not I'.
One Sunday in 1851 following a period of deep
conviction of sin, Haslam ascended into the pulpit of Baldhu church
near Truro with the intention of telling his congregation that
he would not preach again to them until he was saved and to ask
them to pray for his conversion.
However, when he began to preach on the text
'What think ye of Christ' he saw himself as a Pharisee who did
not recognise that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of God. At that
moment, the Holy Spirit breathed new life into him and the effect
was so obvious and marked that a local preacher who was present
stood up and shouted 'the Parson is converted' and the people
rejoiced 'in Cornish style'.
Others were also converted on that day, including
members of his own household, others fled from the church in fear.
A revival followed that blessed Sunday that lasted for three years
during which time souls were saved weekly, often daily.
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