HE DESIRED TO HEAR THE WORD OF GOD, BUT THE DEVIL PERSUADED
THE MAN TO LISTEN TO HIM
By S. C. Turnbo
Soon after the Civil War the citizens of Franklin Township in Marion County, Ark. built a log house in the river bottom just below the mouth of Beccas Branch. The house stood at the foot of the bluff and was used for school and church purposes and it was also used by the electors of Franklin Township as a voting precinct before it was removed to Peel. Bill Flippin and Bill Jenkins two noted preachers in the Christian Church who lived in the Flippen Barrens east of Yellville held several protracted meetings here, on one occasion while meeting was going on there a man who was drunk made his appearance one Sunday evening to listen at what the preachers said; he told them that he was much interested in hearing the gospel preached, and that he would make money by going home but he had rather stay and hear how souls ought to be saved and that he had a soul that needed to be saved and he wanted to hear the gospel plan of salvation and he would stay and be an attentive hearer. While the congregation was collecting, the man lay down on one of the benches that was used for a seat and went to sleep before the speaker began his discourse and slept sound and snored loud during the services and until after the congregation was dismissed. In fact they had to wake him up and take care of him by taking him to a citizens house, where he received kind attention until he was able to go home.
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