How I Learned About the Sabbath
By Sister Willis
The Lord stared dealing with me right after I was filled with His Spirit about the Sabbath. He also showed me about the pagan holidays. Of course I went to my pastor and talked with him about it. He said that I was falling into false doctrine and that I needed to forget about it. I had been taught to obey those who have rule over you, so I tried to forget it. However, the Lord kept bringing it to my mind and I would study some more. It was so plain; I could not see why they did not want to believe it.
Well, one day I prayed, “Lord, if this is really true, you show me a church that keeps the Sabbath, Baptism in Jesus Name, the Holiness Standards, and no Pagan Holidays and I will go.” Guess what? He did on March 9th l985.
Sister Patsy who went to the Peru, Indiana church with me asked if I would like to go meet her mother and family up by Knox. I said I would. We went up to her family’s home and spent the day. Late in the afternoon she asked me if I would like to go to the church where she was filled with the Holy Ghost. Of course I did, so we went.
Sister Grace Irwin (the Pastor’s daughter) testified, and when she did, she mentioned the Sabbath. I do not know what she said about it only my ears shot up when she said, “Sabbath.” I poked Sister Pasty and she grinned at me, for we had studied about the Sabbath together, she also had a good friend that used to go to church at Peru who believed in the Sabbath. She had moved before I started going there.
After the service, we were in the car to go home when Pastor Cleda was coming down the steps. I pulled up and rolled down the window. “Sister Cleda, what do you believe about the Sabbath?” “It’s Saturday; we keep it!” was her reply.
“Praise the Lord, what about the holidays?” I quickly asked. “They are pagan!” she replied. Well, I already knew they Baptized in Jesus Name and kept the Holiness Standards. I could not believe it! God had answered my prayer, now it was up to me to keep my word to Him, but it took me from March to September to go.
I went to Knox Indiana, in September 1985, and started attending the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, it was a Jesus Name, Holiness, Sabbath keeping Church. Sister Cleda Fahlgren was my Pastor; there are seven United Pentecostal Jesus Name Churches that came out of her church in that area. It was like going to Bible School; we would sit up all night talking about the Word of God.
The Lord had called me into the Ministry October 10th 1984. I had told Sis. Cleda about that, and she started letting me Preach and teach Bible Study, then July 8th 1990 Pastor Cleda Fahlgren and Pastor Jimmy Whitfield Ordained me. I Praise the Lord that my mother got to be there with me.
I do not take this lightly for I am a Servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and He has seen fit for me to be an Ordained Minister used of Him.
Isaiah 61:1 – “The Spirit of the Lord God (is) upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to (them that are) bound;”
This testimony was given by Sis Willis of the Apostolic Revival Center in Peru, Indiana. It is an excerpt from a book that she is presently working on, but not yet published.