Harry A. Ironside

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Harry A. Ironside

Harry A. Ironside
1876 – 1951

      Few preachers had more varied ministries than this man. He was a captain in the Salvation Army, an itinerant preacher with the Plymouth Brethren, pastor of the renowned Moody Memorial Church in Chicago, and conducted Bible conferences throughout the world. Sandwiched between those major ministries, Ironside preached the Gospel on street corners, in missions, in taverns, on Indian reservations, etc.

      Never formally ordained and with no experience whatever as a pastor, Ironside took over the 4,000-seat Moody Memorial Church in Chicago and often filled it to capacity for 18 1/2 years. A seminary president once said of him, “He has the most unique ministry of any man living.” Although he had little formal education, his tremendous mental capacity and photographic memory caused him to be called the “Archbishop of Fundamentalism.”

      Preaching–warm, soul-saving preaching–was his forte. Special speakers in his great church often meant nothing; the crowds came when he was there. He traveled constantly at his prime, he averaged 40 weeks in the year on the road–always returning to Moody Memorial for Sunday services.

      His pen moved, too; he contributed regularly to various religious periodicals and journals in addition to publishing 80 books and pamphlets. His writings included addresses or commentaries on the entire New Testament, all of the prophetic books of the Old Testament, and a great many volumes on specific Bible themes and subjects.

      In 1951, Dr. Ironside died in Cambridge, New Zealand, and was buried there at his own request.

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BiographyThe Life and Ministry of Harry Allen Ironside
BORN: October 14, 1876 Toronto, Canada DIED: January 15, 1951 Cambridge, New Zealand Ironside was one of the greatest Bible teachers the world has ever known. For some 50 years he went up and down America teaching and preaching the Word of God. He was the ultimate in his field. Coupled with this was his successful ministry as pastor of …read
PamphletBaptism: What Saith the Scripture?
PREFACE TO SECOND EDITION Several years having elapsed since the first publication of this booklet, and a new edition being called for, I have considerably revised my former paper, though altering nowhere the teaching therein set forth. Further study and experience have only confirmed what was first written, although I believe I see many kindr …read
SermonEternal Security of the Believer: Part 1
FOREWORD This brief work consists of a message delivered in the D. L. Moody Memorial Church on a Lord’s Day morning and the substance of two Friday meetings when questions were submitted and then answered from the platform. Careful editing might have eliminated everything that looks like repetition. But inasmuch as it is by constant re-affirma …read
Eternal Security of the Believer: Part 2
A Dangerous Doctrine? People say, “If you preach this doctrine of the eternal security of the believer, men will say, ‘Well, then it doesn’t make any difference what I do, I will get to heaven anyway.'” It makes a tremendous difference what you do. If you do not behave yourself, it shows that you are not a real Christian. I know that a real Ch …read
Eternal Security of the Believer: Part 3
Question 9 – Ezekiel 18:24 Ezekiel 18:24: “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live?” Is it not strange for anyone in this dispensation of grace to quote a passage like that, as though it had anything to do with th …read
Except Ye Repent – Table of Contents
Fully convinced in my own mind that the doctrine of repentance is the missing note in many otherwise orthodox and fundamentally sound circles today, I have penned this volume out of a full heart. I hope and pray that God will be pleased to use it to awaken many of His servants to the importance of seeking so to present His truth as to bring men to …read
ArticleExposing Error: Is It Worthwhile?
Objection is often raised even by some sound in the faith-regarding the exposure of error as being entirely negative and of no real edification. Of late, the hue and cry has been against any and all negative teaching. But the brethren who assume this attitude forget that a large part of the New Testament, both of the teaching of our blessed Lord Hi …read
Full Assurance – Table of Contents
FULL ASSURANCE BY H.A. IRONSIDE INTRODUCTION In penning the following pages, I have had but one outstanding object before me: to make as plain as I possibly can just how any troubled soul may find settled peace with God. I am thinking particularly of those people who believe the Holy Scriptures to be divinely inspired, and who recogn …read
ArticleHoliness: The False and the True – Part 1
It is my desire, in dependence on the Lord, to write a faithful record, so far as memory now serves me, of some of God’s dealings with my soul and my strivings after the experience of holiness, during the first six years of my Christian life, ere I knew the blessedness of finding all in Christ. This will make it necessary at times, I have little do …read
Holiness: The False and the True – Part 2
I was between eighteen and nineteen years of age when I began to entertain serious doubts as to my actually having attained so high a standard of Christian living as I had professed, and as the Army and other Holiness movements advocated as the only real Christianity. What led to this was of too personal and private a nature to publish; but it resu …read
PamphletNot Wrath, but Rapture: Part 1
What Is Meant by the Term “The Great Tribulation”? The careful student of the prophetic scriptures cannot fail to observe that in both the Old and New Testaments the Spirit of God speaks of a trial involving the pouring out of divine wrath on men. This is known as… ….”the great tribulation,” ….”the time of Jacob’s trouble,” .. …read
Not Wrath, but Rapture: Part 2
Now let us turn to the New Testament and see if we can get any further light on this day of grief and desperate sorrow. Look first at Matthew 24. In this portion of the kingdom gospel, our Lord portrayed the conditions that will prevail on earth right up to his second coming. He did not, however, speak definitely of the church, which is His body, o …read
Not Wrath, but Rapture: Part 3
WHICH SAINTS WILL BE IN THE GREAT TRIBULATION? It is evident from the word of God that certain saints will be found on earth in the days of the great tribulation. Many of these will be called on to suffer martyrdom while others will be preserved through this entire period and will enter into the kingdom to be set up on earth. Because of this, …read
SermonThe Greatest Text in the Bible
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). WHY do so many people think this is the greatest text in the Bible? There are other wonderful texts that . dwell on the love of God, that show how men are delivered from judgment, that tell u …read
SermonThe Mass Versus The Lord’s Supper
The Pastor learned late in the previous week of the possibility of holding a great Protestant Rally in the Moody Church, with Mr.H.A.Ironside as speaker, on the Sunday following the Eucharistic Congress held in Chicago. The time was much too short for extensive advertising, but through announcement in the Saturday papers, and the co-operation of a …read
SermonWhat is the Gospel?
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to …read
Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth – Table of Contents
Wrongly Dividing the Word of Truth Ultra-Dispensationalism Examined in the Light of the Holy Scriptures By Dr. Harry Ironside Chapter 1 What is Ultra-Dispensationalism? “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of Truth” (2 Tim. 2: 15). PAUL’S exhortation …read
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