Saturday, June 16, 2012
Out of His Mouth
Out of his Mouth
Before reviewing this book I have to state the following: I am reviewing this book based on what the author has shared about his experiences with Fred and Marcella Williams and his Glory in the Lord sermons. I will not state in this review whether I agree or disagree with what he is saying about Fred Williams and his manner of prayer. I am strictly sharing the letter from Fred Williams as told by our author Logan Rogers.
Some events that you experience can change the way you look at life and your perspective at the same time. Meeting one person can teach you many different ways to understand the meaning of many truths that you failed to realize before. As the author introduces not only himself and Maureen to Fred Williams we learn of how he helped those he greets and encounters to experience the Freedom of Worship, the bliss of the Glory Gatherings and the words he bestows on each person as he places his hands on them and restores the many gifts, he as the Lord can that day. The man, Fred Williams, his letters and words and understandings written by first time author Robert Logan Rogers.
As the author describes the energy and the way Fred captures and envelopes those coming to hear his sermon you can feel the fire the fervor and the joys that he bestowed on others as we get to know Fred Williams. With his prayer partner Peggy our author invited Fred Williams to a weekend in the mountains. Sharing his life as he dealt with a divorce, his dark hours and finally releasing himself as spirit sings out the darkness would break. Entering Logan’s house Fred not only made his presence known but that or the Lord too by saying his presence was there in a big way. Reaching out to them and sharing his message about communion, the elements and “our tasting of God’s goodness,” would start the weekend off in a huge way.
The author’s journey did not begin with meeting Fred. It began with a vision that he had before meeting him. A vision that encompassed something so powerful that most people would deny it ever happened yet it did. Imagine seeing people releasing a sound in unison as the crickets did when he broke through the darkness worshipping at home. Powerful and definitely life changing as he would experience this once again with his wife Maureen many times over. Music seems to play an important part and when hearing a song or a tune on the radio, the author states that with Fred, if your “doctrine was established and the need to find it in the Bible critical, the your reference point would be challenged.” If seems that Fred would place a boulder or obstacle in your path in order to challenge your patience. Fred was known as the man who knows all things.
The author includes a short subtopic in Chapter Five titled, “Stumbling Blocks,” which allows the reader along with the others to see if the “subtleness of idolatry existed.” Interestingly enough he sates that many do not believe unless they see it in the Bible. His challenge to those present was whether the Lord’s voice comes through without focusing on his outer appearance. Several though provoking questions follow and the reader can decide their own response as he continues with several other subtopics, such as Nokomis Came by Night, the Kingdom of Heaven Suffers Violence and Rejoice in the Lord. But, what follows next explains their meeting on one Sunday where the wine was starting to turn from water and when he and the others drank is there was a grape aroma, no alcohol taste and the “intoxication from heaven began.”
A Time for Everything Under Heaven, But Be Filled with Spirit focusing on the breaking of the curse, drinking wine not made3 from the elements of earth and therefore not subjected to the curse. Drinking Heaven’s wine and sharing his stories enlightens the reader about the author’s experiences with Fred and many others. But, when Fred refers to the angels he refers to them by name and the author related a story early on in this book and revisits it in this chapter. When Maureen, his wife, that the sign of Heaven fell from the sky in the form of a gemstone as diamond fell at the foot of a pregnant woman, he was skeptical.
The author’s voice comes through loud and clear and his thoughts about Fred, his sermons and much more are discussed and questioned. In Chapter 8 the author shares Fred’s thoughts on jealousy and defines it as a poison feeling in insecurity. He once again refers to the gemstones and questions as to whether these stones who these stones are for what they are missing when listening to Fred as well as doubt being cast as to the value of the diamond that fell being worthless. Fred and his wife Marcella were accused of using sleight-of-hand magic. They would respond by keeping silent. Anger engulfed many of the followers and one follower named Alan stated that darkness came over him and could not understand why. Leaving the trial in pain of rejection both Fred and Marcella could not believe the turn of events. What followed would be numerous phone calls from their leader demanding that they both repent. Their leader, believe it or not was their main accuser and many calls of warnings were received as both refused to repent. Meetings were canceled and doors slammed and Marcella seemed to be affected the hardest by the personal attacks on Fred’s character. Fred was not accepted within his own town and there is much more to come as the author shares Fred’s reflections on his time in prison.
The author is sharing the events that he documented first hand as a journalist and have seen and witnessed from his own experiences. He included eyewitness accounts of what he experienced. He is not trying to convince the reader or anyone else to believe in the super natural or in the possibility of miracles. His voice and thoughts are interesting, honest, truthful and quite insightful.
His prison sentence seemed to be the start of his enlightenment as he had gone through four marriages, four homes, fathered children that he never would know except to provide for them and had time to contemplate his actions and fate. Then, a new cellmate arrived who was a former Assistant Pastor and he asked him poignant questions for the one-month he was there
As the author brings to light the issue of Angels that many people speak to and believe in. Angel of light can appear as an angel of deception and the author discusses the many different controversies about Angels and how they appear and learning to know the difference of each Angel which he states requires intimacy with the Lord to help sharpen out skills in telling good from evil. He follows with other references in the chapter to Angels, Fred’s understanding of Angels and the many that we need and that came to him.
Attending a black Pentecostal church Fred seemed to be accepted at first. But, with so many accusations following him they never knew what would happen next it would resemble a witch hunt and the leader was pursuing him the most and know one knew when the other shoe would fall. Therefore, Logan and many others decided to attend a biker church and the friend who invited Logan invited some of the worship leaders that he knew. Fred would be there too. But, the reception for Fred and the restrictions placed on him were not what Logan expected. But, Fred adhered to them and sat in the rear of the church but our author was angry. There is much more that the author shares about this meeting, the pastor of the church and the warnings she received about Fred. What they decided to do about to this and whether they would fight back was discussed on pages 58-59. In Chapter 12 the author shares some really interesting stories about a man named Joshua Mills and his account of being translated to China and a group of Asian people and the experience was eye opening and the end result you will have to read for yourself. Other references to the Bible are sited within this chapter. With his relationship with Maureen strained he leaves for a retreat with this friends in Kentucky hoping that she will change her mind join him. One phone call and a vivid description of a dream would drastically change things for both Logan and Maureen.
William Branum’s angel came to Fred and he shared his message with the congregation. The message as Fred relates it to the congregation was that there would be a ten -year period of blessings, including unusual signs and wonders. The angel brought this message to everyone through Fred. But the strongest and most powerful part of this chapter was his description of Fred when he anointed people and their reactions including his. There is so much that I could share with you but you need to experience some of this yourself as you read the book, hear Fred’s words and how the author brings them to you in his amazing way. Angels Communicate in Hebrew, Wise Virgins, A special letter from Logan to Fred, A Trip Up North including Fred praying with a waitress, gathering at a kitchen table and feeling the weight of God’s glory in the room and finally Validation and Endorsements ending with the story of the gemstone and how it came out of a man’s mouth and where the stone winds up. The final story about a little boy witnessing or seeing gemstones coming out of Fred’s mouth as a little boy stated that “angels were throwing them at Fred.” You decide for yourself as you read this book what you believe and what you might be skeptical about. Out of His Mouth is where these stones came from as related by our author who witnessed it first hand. A very though provoking book about a man named Fred Williams as told by our author Logan Rogers.
Fran Lewis: reviewer