By Darrin Rodgers
Originally published on AG-News, Mon, 17 Feb 2014 – 4:28 PM CST
Long before Twitter, the Assemblies of God had “Daddy” Welch.
John W. Welch (1859-1939), known affectionately as “Daddy Welch,” was a senior statesman in the Assemblies of God during its early decades. He served as Chairman (1915-1920 and 1923-1925) and Secretary (1920-1923) of the young Fellowship. Welch was known for his wit and wisdom. In the 1930s the Pentecostal Evangel published a regular column titled “Words of Council from Daddy Welch,” which shared his collected short sayings with readers.
The last installment of his column was published in the February 18, 1939, just several months before his death. His wisdom remains valuable reading today. Several examples of Welch’s sayings are below.
The closer we get to God the more modest we shall become.
Consistency and impartiality are needed in every minister.
Be careful of your statements until you know your interpretations of Scripture are water tight.
God can develop a mushroom overnight, but it takes years to develop an oak.
Beware of revelations and manifestations that are not given to other Spirit-filled believers.
Read the entire article, “Words of Council from Daddy Welch,” on page 5 of the February 18, 1939, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel.
Also featured in this issue:
* “Trouble: A Servant,” by John Wright Follette
* “Praying Always with All Prayer,” by Thomas Walker
And many more!
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