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ablaze. One of the students of those days, Dr. H. A. Brown, says:
"As a preacher of the gospel he impressed me most. All the time I
was at the College, I heard him preach almost every Sunday for many
months. I thought then and I still think he was the greatest preacher I
ever heard. He more powerfully stirred the depths of my soul than any
other man has ever done. His thought was deep and fresh, his
language plain and simple, and his illustrations graphic. He walked
abroad in the avenues of Scripture. He could take the Scripture
'incidents and clothe them in his own language and make them live
again in the minds and hearts of his hearers. The effect of his
application of Scripture teaching to human needs was often thrilling
and never to be forgotten. There were times when preaching under the
influence and power of the Holy Spirit his countenance would
become illumined as if touched by an angel's hand. He was not
preaching what he had written or committed to memory; he was
voicing out thoughts born of the Spirit's power and presence. He was
a channel of blessing, a prophet from God, a messenger of peace and
salvation. His hearers would forget the passing of time under the
strange power and passion of his soul."
Professor Mills, in the article quoted above, says: "Frequently,
however, in spite of his caution, a, text would get such a hold on him
that he would forget to restrain himself, and would put forth all the
power that was in him. One Saturday night, about eleven o'clock, he
found this text (I Kings xx 40). `And as thy servant was busy here and
there he was gone.' A soldier put in charge of an important prisoner
begins to gather up the miserable plunder of the battlefield, and before
he knows it the prisoner escapes. The Christian is gathering up the
little pelf of the world, and before he knows it, the man in his charge
is gone. At eleven o'clock on Sunday morning he threw off all
10 From ms. statement in the Wake Forest College Library. A like statement is
made by Mr. Carey J. Hunter, who was a student of the College for a year before
Wingate's death. Manuscript in College Library. Mr. Hunter tells of hearing one
sermon in which Wingate threw aside the restraint placed on him by his physician.
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