irrepressible Lorenzo Dow



Few Americans nowadays, much less American Christian professors, have ever heard of Lorenzo Dow. Yet, during his generation, it is reported that he preached to more people than any other Gospel preacher in his era. His personal autobiography was so popular during his time, that only the Bible itself outsold it, in the United States.

Wikipedia states that his “influence and popularity led to many U.S. children in the early 19th century to be named after him.” The United States census of 1850 records the name, Lorenzo, as one of the most popular first names in America.

This is an incredible statement for those times, in which an itinerant frontier preacher went from hamlet to village, who never built nor established a church or college or university, but became a national public figure. Contrast that to post-modern times, where celebrity is made arbitrarily by media buzz, print promotion, and telemedia obsession administered to the masses, by those who control such media. All such “celebrities” are nearly all morally corrupt, or deviantly debauched, who are promoted by these Culturally Marxist Elite, who promote the most vile and reprehensible moral filth upon the public.

Dow lived from October, 1777 to February, 1834. He was 56 years old when he passed away.

Dow became converted at an early age, into the Methodist persuasion that was populated by many anointed preachers that preceded or worked along with him such as Whitefield, Rowland, Wesley, Cartwright, and a host of others.

Though Dow remained a Methodist for the most part in doctrine, he never officially linked himself to that church. Dow preferred to be independent of all denominations, which was unusual in that day (and today, as well). This independence of mind and spirit led him to develop a particular calling in which he felt to depend upon the Holy Spirit, rather than the counsel of men sitting on denominational church boards. Later, the Methodist Church opposed him and persecuted  him, which was to little avail on the frontier.

Lorenzo Dow was one of the first “Come-Outers.”

A “come-outer” is someone who feels that not only has God called them, but called them out of any of man’s conventions, peculiarly those in which man is organizing Christian fellowships… ostensibly for the purpose of man’s control and financial gain or largesse. This is seen in Jesus’ day with the Pharisees and Sadducees.

The Pharisees controlled the people…and the Sadducees controlled the money…The Sadducees did this with their illicit control of the Office of High Priest and the Temple services…Their “bazaars” such as the “bazaars of Annas,” in which several generations of the family of the High Priest Annas, sought to routinely swindle, steal, shake down and cheat religious Jews who were trying to obey Levetical statutes, Mosaic commandments, and to worship Yahweh. The practices of Annas and his posterity became a notorious “by-word” throughout the Jewish people, particularly in Galilee.

However, Jesus wasn’t under their control. When the religious establishment has fairly strict control over the faithful, those that deviate from the norm are subject to persecution, ostracization, slander, libel, and death.

Hence, they killed Jesus, especially after he upset their bazaars of commerce in which Jesus correctly described them as “a den of thieves.”

The Roman Catholic Church proved these same traits in their heyday with their persecutions of dissidents, Reformers, and Protestants.

And, this still goes on today.

Many, many people that profess a Christian faith today, have to take a “mark,” …or distinguishing features, …or differentiating characteristics… of the system of faith (?) that they belong to. A “mark” in the Bible is a figurative expression for identifying how a person thinks or does. A “mark” in the forehead, for instance, is identifying the particular understanding, or belief of an individual in the teaching of said sect, or cult. A “mark” in the hand(s), are the identifying “actions” or “practices” of that individual in conforming to that sect or denomination.

For example, a member of the Baptist church will do those things that a Baptist does. These things are attending Sunday School foremost, as official church attendance is based on that; then attending the service afterwards; reading or understanding the Bible with the Baptist persuasion (which understanding is now as much as 300 years old…so up-to-date, it is not!); and of course, to give liberally of money to fund the church and its hierarchy; and to generously give to missions, which monies go directly to the corporate headquarters. Once collected there, decisions are made as to how much is given to mission work, and how much is given to maintain the corporate structure of the church corporation. This, of course, includes salaries to the different corporate officers of the church, called in varying degrees, ministers. If this sounds much like secular corporatism, well, it is!

The modern church is based on corporate models in the business world. This is how they determine their “success,” in numbers of adherents, and revenue collected. Big Business or Corporations, base their success in numbers of sales or sales units, and of course, profits gained from those sales units. Not much difference, really: just a matter of semantics.

Funny, Jesus didn’t create a corporate business model; but that is what has happened. Leave it to man to make a huge business on the profit of “soul-selling,” or false assurances.

No, Jesus did not create a corporate organization recognized by national governments to evade tax liabilities.

Jesus created a “living organism” of believers.

Man cannot control that… so, instead he has changed it all around to his liking.

If this sounds like the religion of Cain, well, I think it is. Cain was religious. It is just that he wanted to bring what he wished to sacrifice. Cain didn’t bring what God wanted. This is the basis of false religion.

You may not at all like what I am writing… But if you are honest at all, you have to admit that something is seriously amiss. What constitutes the popular Christian church is not the model in the New Testament.

The lowly Nazarene from Galilee did not have a corporate title. He did not possess lofty titles of religious authority such as Bishop, Most Reverend, Pope, Cardinal, His Holiness, et cetera. This is the type of carnal recognition that Cain wanted… and to rule over Abel… and everyone else (Genesis 4:7).

Several churches that belong to certain denominations today, give themselves names or descriptions that belie denominational ties: however, the teaching or doctrinal positions, and practices, or “marks,” are the same.

Every Christian denomination, sect, or faith, has these well-organized principles usually made public in so-called creeds; articles of faith (?); public teaching positions usually promoted by their seminaries in which they turn out ministerial candidates who are well indoctrinated; and other such declarations, which separate them from any other Christian brethren.

Lorenzo Dow didn’t care much for the Church system. He believed that they suppressed genuine faith for the most part by trying to get everyone conformed to specific ways of thinking and doing. The churches opposed him every way that they could. The churches smeared him, called him a false prophet, and ostracized him.

Dow was also adamantly opposed to the Catholic Church, and specifically, to its “intelligence” arm of the Jesuits. Dow felt that Jesuit influence was active in undermining the Protestant movement in general, and genuine Christianity, distinctly.

How true that is!

I witnessed this firsthand in a conversation with a Catholic priest a few years ago. You can read about this, on page 48, in my first book. “Father Bill” practically admitted to everything that Lorenzo Dow ever accused them of.

The Protestant element of the Christian Church has been sacked for the very most part. No one calls themselves a “Protestant” anymore: instead, it is the politically correct term of being an “evangelical.”

This is a result of Jesuit intrigue.

Another rather large focus of Jesuit intrigue, in controlling the dialogue  and belief systems in the “Evangelical” Christian church, is by its focus and belief in Modern Dispensationalism. Such a system of false teaching has totally infiltrated nearly all of the popular church. It is all Jesuit originated… all the way back to the year,… 1585.

It is all a part of the Counter-Reformation campaign of the Jesuits and Catholic church, since the Council of Trent, way back in the 16th century: as confessed by “Father Bill.”

Father Bill was an admitted active participant in such an intrigue, which is still being fought today by the Jesuits against any Protestant vestiges left in the Christian church, …some four and a-half centuries later!!!

You see, what Protestants that are left may have given up, or are fragmented, and unable to oppose the continual onslaught against them … but not the Jesuits. They do not forget. They fight until the opposition is completely obliterated.

Much like the memory of Lorenzo Dow…in modern times.

And, the popular church, whether it is evangelical, fundamental, Pentecostal, Charismatic, or whatever… is completely IGNORANT of this!

It makes you wonder about the popular church as a result. It is becoming more apparent that they are just “puppets” of the Jesuits and the Pope.

With this in mind… just how credible is the popular Christian church?… When, said church has been infiltrated and undermined by Jesuit agentur; by New World Order promoters; Illuminati adherents; Satanists; Frankists; Sabbateans, and all other ilks who promote a Luciferian agenda attempting to not only control the world clandestinely, but to rule over it.

Even ardent Catholics who have some genuine faith in God are aware of this immense infiltration by the above agentur. Malachi Martin probably was killed in this regard. Father Alfred Kunz was… William Kennedy divulges a good deal of it in his 2004 book: Lucifer’s Lodge: Satanic Ritual Abuse in the Catholic Church. Every genuine Christian ought, not only, to read this book, but have a copy of it.

What is so incredible about all this, is that some Catholics are aware of this infiltration and are exposing it… but no one is…in the Evangelical church.

But I digress.

Back to Dow.

Dow's Pulpit

In Georgia, Dow preached the first Gospel sermon in this area upon this very large rock as shown above. His eloquence is aptly summed up in this quote here:

“Upon the great journey of Life, …Eternity… is the Country to which All are Traveling.”

As Wikipedia notes:

“Everywhere, in America and Britain, he attracted great crowds to hear and see him, and he was often persecuted as well as admired. Because the churches were closed to him (emphasis mine), Lorenzo Dow preached in town halls, farmers’ barns, and even in open fields. He would preach anyplace where he could assemble a crowd. He preached to Methodists, Baptists, Quakers, Catholics, and atheists alike. He liked to appear unexpectedly at public events, announcing in a loud voice that exactly one year from today, Lorenzo Dow would preach on this spot. He never disappointed his audiences; he always appeared exactly 365 days later at the appointed place, usually met by huge crowds.”

“Dow’s public speaking mannerisms were like nothing ever seen before among the typically conservative church goers of the time. He shouted, he screamed, he cried, he begged, he flattered, he insulted, he challenged people and their beliefs. He told stories and made jokes. It is recorded that Lorenzo Dow often preached before open-air assemblies of 10,000 people or more and held the audiences spellbound.”

“Dow’s fame spread, and so did his travels. He traveled on foot and occasionally on horseback (when someone would donate a horse) throughout what was then the United States. He also traveled  to Canada, England and Ireland, and once to the West Indies. He was usually well-received although there were exceptions. A fierce abolitionist, Dow’s sermons were often unpopular in the southern United States, and he frequently was threatened with personal violence. He sometimes was forcibly ejected from towns, pelted with stones, eggs, and rotten vegetables. That never stopped him; he simply walked to the next town and gave the same sermon again.”

Dow only traveled with the clothes on his back. He carried no suitcase. If he did carry any piece of baggage, it contained Bibles to give away. When these clothes wore out, someone donated another outfit. Sometimes, these clothes did not fit well, over his thin body, and it gave him a even more surreal appearance, like an Ichabod Crane imitation.

Dow in action

DOW IN REVIVAL ACTION:From an engraving of one of his open air services. Dow shouted, screamed, cried, begged,  flattered, insulted, and challenged people and their beliefs. Dow’s 1854 autobiographical edition, The Dealings of God, Man, and the Devil as exemplified in the Life, Experience and Travels of Lorenzo Dow, portrayed his ministry, well after his death. Dow was a singular figure in the Second Great Awakening.

This Second Great Awakening was termed thus, as the characteristics of this Revival were similar to the First, and later, Third, Great Awakenings. Specifically, the Second Great Awakening featured religious enthusiasm, emotion, and a belief and appeal to the super-natural or miraculous effects of First-Century C.E., or New Testament Christianity!

This revival enlisted millions of new adherents into existing Protestant denominations and led to the formation of several new ones. Of course, many of those converted believed that each Awakening would herald the Return of Christ and his millennial Kingdom and Age. Instead, it was a means to “in-gather” a People for God in such eras. Practically every singular revival or express move of God’s Spirit, throughout the Church Age, has produced an eschatological interest and anticipation.

It can be noted then, that someone like Dow was called, among others, for expressly for “such a time as this” (Esther 4:14c). 

Lorenzo Dow traveled nearly an estimated 200,000 miles, many of those on foot. He went to England three times to preach, once to Ireland, and to Canada, and the West Indies. Everywhere, attributable to one reason or another, he drew large crowds. Dow was a companion to the oppressed, and befriended and ministered to those in the Black churches when no other white man would. He was able in the Scriptures, fiercely intolerant of wrongs, sharp of wit, quite clever in his intellect, and was capable of being brilliant in eloquence.

In Part Two, I will cover some more for the reader, the larger-than-life figure of Lorenzo Dow.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to LORENZO DOW: Part 1

  1. Jon D Eager says:

    Lorenzo is an interesting man. I never heard of him until I was trying to find out the origin of the saying ” Damned if you do and damned if you don’t” I discovered it was he who first said it.Maybe in 2019 I will do a first person portrayal of him for Night at the Museum at the Marion County Historical Society in Marion,Ohio. Next year I plan to portray Reverend John Alkire, my 4th great uncle. He was saved at the Cane Ridge Revival in 1801 , Bourbon County Kentucky. Read about him in ” Memoirs of Deceased Christian Ministers ” by E W Humphreys at archive.org pages 15-17.

    • editor says:

      Lorenzo was very popular in his day. Indeed, I believe that I read that his name, “Lorenzo,” was the most popular given name for baby boys in the mid-19th century in the United States. Thanks for the reference, I will try to look up your uncle, as I have an interest in revivals, and revival testimonies, as like at Cane Ridge, where they experienced the phenomenon of the “Jerks.” I guess if you tried to incorporate any form of the “jerks” in your portrayal, it may not go over well, as folks today, cannot handle the miraculous. It makes them pretty uncomfortable.

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