I was raised in a Pentecostal Holiness Church . . . all my life . . .
My father was a P. H. minister of the Gospel . . . nationally known . . . later, even a general official.
I did not want those tongues . . . .
My mother received the Baptism in the Spirit in 1927 . . . And didn’t speak English for days . . . they took her home in a wagon from the revival meeting.
I did not desire, seek, want this gift and even ran from the altar when the Spirit began moving.
Now . . . You are asking W H Y ? ? ?
Very simple . . .
I had heard my father, the Rev. Dr. Robert L. Rex in his sermons often tell about when he received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit . . . He was always so excited to tell it . . . but he always added . . . “As I was experiencing the Baptism with speaking in tongues . . . God called me to preach!!! He always knew he was called . . .!!!"
If there was anything I did not want to do and that was to preach . . . And I was afraid I would be called to preach!!!
Therefore, my teens passed . . . my college years passed . . . I was married and had one little boy.
Now . . . Here is the story I have been eager to tell.
I was teaching at Southwestern College in Oklahoma City . . . now a university and renamed Southwestern Christian University. Dr. R. O. Corvin was the President and I headed the music department and directed the choir that we took across the USA all the way up to Canada, and down the east coast to perform for the General Conference of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Florida.
What an honor and what a privilege God had given me.
Each year, Southwestern had a student revival and invited the partners and all the churches in Oklahoma City to attend.
The evangelist was the noted Pentecostal Holiness minister and Bible scholar, teacher and writer from England, the Rev. Dr. Noel Brooks.
The auditorium was packed. As head of the music department, I lead the singing. My great choir was behind me with everyone holding a hymnal—Hymns 24, 125, 180 . . . everyone singing, shouting, and praising the Lord!!!
I sat down and Dr. Corvin began to make the announcements.
Everything was calm. I was looking through the hymnal to find the next song to sing when he finished the announcements.
Now you will have a hard time believing this . . . if it didn’t happen to me . . . I would have a hard time to tell you what happened at that particular moment.
I had selected two songs and leaned back in my chair . . . anxious for Dr. Corvin to finish. I was just looking over the congregation. I had a brand new suit on, and was proud of it . . . Then . . . The Power of the Lord struck me. I yelled . . . the Power of the Holy Spirit threw me to the dusty hardwood floor. And talk about “Holy Rollers” . . . I was one of them, and, in fact, I cleaned the whole platform with my new suit.
God tried to give me the Baptism with the Holy Spirit . . . And we had an argument . . . I said, “I don’t want to preach.”
The Lord said to me as if He were yelling in my ear . . . “I am not calling you to preach . . . just calling you to be in My Service.” Then, the tongues hit as I was rolling . . . rolling . . . rolling.
I do not remember . . . as I was out under the Power of the Holy Spirit . . . but they told me later the Power struck the audience and prayer and praises flowed for hours and five were called to preach . . . three were called to be missionaries . . . And I was called into His Service, and the platform was cleaned with my new suit.
The service that night was not over until midnight
If you would like to read about the service God called me to do for Him . . . just read my new book entitled, My Amazing Adventures with God.
At almost 88, I have been true to the calling He gave me that night . . . when He knocked me down, cleaned the floor, and gave me the gift—The Baptism with the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues.
[Editor's Comment: I asked Lonnie Rex to share with you his testimony about when he got saved, and this one, when he was baptized with the Holy Spirit. It may be that you have had a similar experience, or at least, you would like to comment about Lonnie Rex's personal experience. I trust this testimony will be a blessing to you. You can write me and tell me what you thought and felt as your read this wonderful experience by writing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.]