Pearls from the Old Prayer Meetings

During the last few years, we have been listening to reel-to-reel recordings (mostly from the 1960s and 70s) of Preacher Clark’s old prayer meetings. What a wonderful trove of timeless treasures these recordings are! We have assembled lists of the most striking comments Preacher Clark made during his sermons, as well as other comments taken from testimonies of others who attended those meetings. We call these wise sayings, "pearls", and you can read many of them here.

Click the PDF Download button to download the full PDF document of ALL the Pearls for 2015. Or, you can read them one month at a time below, as we add them in HTML format.

January 2015 Pearls

January 1
Jesus said, “These signs shall follow them that believe.” But when God’s people drift away from the anointing of God, they lose those miraculous signs that exist among true believers. That’s why they have to erect signs on the outside of their buildings, so people will know where to find them.
- George C. Clark

January 2
“Romans 14:17 does not say that the kingdom of God is ‘righteousness, peace, and joy about the holy Ghost’ but ‘in the holy Ghost.’ Talking about righteousness is not righteousness; talking about joy and peace is not having joy and peace. ‘The kingdom of God’, Paul said, ‘is not in word but in power.’ ”
- George C. Clark

January 3
You’ll never see a congregation [in this world] with everyone right who is in it. It’s not even intended to be that way. Paul said, “There must be divisions among you, so that those who are approved by God may be made manifest”.
- George C. Clark

January 4
Brother Frank Pearl: You can believe there is a God, but believing there is a God is not knowing there is one. If you don’t have the holy Ghost, you don’t know if there is a God or not.
- Brother Frank Griffin

January 5
If God didn’t have a body, you wouldn’t have a body. We are made in His image.
- Brother Frank Griffin

January 6
God’s people are bewitched.
- George C. Clark

January 7
Whatever keeps the holy Ghost out of your life here on earth will keep you in the grave when Jesus returns for his Bride.
- George C. Clark

January 8
Salvation is for the body. As Paul said, “The creature itself waits for the manifestation of the sons of God.”
- George C. Clark

January 9
We’re going to have to be Christ to the people. They cannot see him, but they can see us.
- Brother Earl Pittman

January 10
God’s people have to do right to have right children.
- Brother Earl Pittman

January 11
You don’t come to a prayer meeting to serve God. You come here because you’ve been serving God. . . . Now, how big a paycheck do you deserve?
- George C. Clark

January 12
Of all the places of worship you’ve ever been, and all the congregations, and all the preachers and all the preaching you’ve ever known, you’d be better off to go to hell from there than to go to hell from here. There is going to be a hot spot waiting for you if you go to hell from here, where the truth is taught and lived.
- George C. Clark

January 13
We have to put on the righteousness of God. His righteousness is not obeying a list of rules. It is a purging of the conscience, a sanctifying of the soul. You know the sanctification under Moses’ Law, the holiness under Moses’ Law. But God’s righteousness is the true sanctification that came down from heaven. This is the reality of the shadow that God gave to Moses.
- George C. Clark

January 14
Seems that God said to me this morning, “My people respect the refrigerator in their kitchen more than they do what comes from my mouth. They wouldn’t eat a thing in their refrigerator that has gone bad and has an odor; they would throw it in the trashcan. But they eat lies about me.”
- Aunt Onie

January 15
You don’t die and then look for eternal life. You receive eternal life right here before you die, but it’s assigned to you on condition. Only on condition. Whether you retain it or whether you lose it in the end depends on your walk, your life right here in this life. It’s in your hands.
- George C. Clark

January 16
It is better for you not to know the doctrine if you’re not doing God’s will. To know it, in that case, would be a curse to you now and a mark against you on Judgment Day.
- George C. Clark

January 17
Say, “Get behind me” to all evil. On the Sea of Galilee that stormy night, Jesus did not see the storm; his disciples did. But they saw it because they had Jesus behind them, below deck sleeping. When you see sickness, trouble, etc., it is because Jesus is in the back. Wake him up and get him out in front!
- George C. Clark

January 18
I’ve never seen a false preacher because there is no such thing. There are plenty of false teachers, but no one can preach unless God truly sends him with power to do so.
- George C. Clark

January 19
God is just as much in you right now as He ever will be. He is either there or He is not.
- George C. Clark

January 20
If we’re not in the better way, I don’t know who is, because we haven’t had to believe a lie. It is a precious thing to be taught the truth.
- Aunt Leatha

January 21
You answer every one of your prayers that you can, and leave the rest to God.
- George C. Clark

January 22
Pentecostal groups are so much like the world now, this work of God is the only thing that is being persecuted. And I’m afraid they’ll stop persecuting me because if they do, I will have stopped the way they have. Then, I might start passing that persecution along to someone else who’s kept going. You better be traveling on. If you stop by the wayside to pull the flowers around here, you’re gonna be left.
- George C. Clark

January 23
Man cannot disturb a holiness meeting when God’s got it. The religious gatherings you can disturb are the ones that man’s got.
- George C. Clark

January 24
The worst thing in the world is not recognizing your spiritual condition until it’s too late.
- George C. Clark

January 25
It does no good to be a martyr if you do not have charity.
- George C. Clark

January 26
Jesus wasn’t battling anymore with the flesh after he was tested by Satan. He had overcome that world. Some of us are still on the mountain, battling, after all these years.
- George C. Clark

January 27
God’s children need to be scattered more than they are – they lean on one another; when one does wrong, another one does wrong because that one did.
- George C. Clark

January 28
The only reason a lot of the people of the Lord are poverty-stricken is because they are not able to embrace the truth and take with thanksgiving what God wants them to have.
- George C. Clark

January 29
Hebrews says, “It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that, the Judgment.” That doesn’t mean a man can only die once. If that were true, Lazarus would still be here, along with a few others who were raised from the dead. It means that it is appointed unto man at least once to die, and after that the Judgment.
- George C. Clark

January 30
If you’re not close enough to God to be persecuted, then you’re far enough off to persecute others. . . . I’d rather be on the receiving end of the line in that case.
- George C. Clark

January 31
Some decisions are final.
- George C. Clark

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