21 thoughts on “GOH: The Eliezer Call”

  1. And lest you doubt, Billy Kelly was a staple of revivals and conferences in some of the most die-hard of fundamentalist circles.

  2. He came to my church every year until he got too sick. The last couple of times he had to sit down while preaching.

  3. That’s some mean banjo playing that would even impress Jimmy Page! Now for the true test of orthodoxy, play it backwards and see if there are any satanic messages in it.

  4. Do people really listen to that? I’m in the NW, so we don’t have a bluegrass tradition at all.

  5. It is funny how the music standards vary in fundamental circles. This would most certainly not “check” at BJU…probably due to the fact that most people just wouldn’t relate to it within the context of worship (it might actually check at BJU used in other contexts not sure?) but in other circles far more strict than BJU on other issues this would be an extremely familiear style of worship. But then they almost universally bond together in abhorrence to certain styles of music. It boggles the mind.

  6. @tommy all I remember was the screaming right into the microphone and the “chitlin” stories.

  7. Thanks, Stephen. I have old person ears, and they don’t work as well as they used to – I think it was all of that southern preacher screaming at revival time.

    I don’t think I like camels better than cattle.

  8. That’s ok Susan I had to play that phrase @ 1:24 five times before I realized he was saying, “TENTS of love”… I guess my ears are as bad as my eyes these days….

  9. Yehaw. I remember a time when a family decided to do a bluegrass worship set for church…Ay…I don’t think it went over too well.

  10. How does he know that it was Eliezar that Abraham sent? It’s a very good chance that he was dead by the time this story took place. Wait a second…. has this old fellow been reading the Targum of Jonathan?

  11. I’m so glad I never heard this song before today. I think I can go the rest of my life without ever hearing it again and be just fine.

  12. Absolutely 100% gospel truth! I saw Billy Kelly pick up a crooked stick and use it as a divining rod to help decided where to drill for water on my dad’s property. It worked.

  13. Quite a good voice, actually. I was afraid it was going to be another “joyful noise” kind of clip. There are definite influences of Jimmy Dean and Johnny Horton there!

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