On this date, May 2, 1845, Timothy Merritt died. He is not one who is frequently mentioned with the beginnings of Holiness movement in the 1800s but some historians believe that Merritt’s preaching impacted Sarah Lankford who then touched the spiritual life of Phoebe Palmer.

William McDonald, one of the first presidents of the National Association for the Promotion of Holiness said this about Merritt.

“This holiness movement began in Boston. Timothy Merritt was the headlight of this movement as a speciality. He established the holiness meeting at New York. Wilbur Fisk was sanctified, and lay five hours under the power of the Holy Ghost, under a sermon preached by Timothy Merritt, at Eastham, Massachusetts.”

Headlight of the Holiness Movement

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