Jack Forbes - Willie Gill's Funeral - June 5, 1951

When we think of what our brother referred to those days in Rathmolyon and as we often heard him speak of that battle – the battle when he first heard the Gospel, turning from all this world offers.  Practically all of you have heard him speak of that, but there are a few of us that come from that neighbourhood and country and have a more intimate knowledge of what that meant for him.  Not only that but you have heard him speak of those days when he attended that Convention and got so very little out of it, but in his bedroom when he thought of *Elisha taking those oxen and sacrificing them, and he asked himself the question would he be willing to do that.  I often marvel when I think of his sacrifice in turning away from every earthly prospect, when the future was assured, and starting forth to give his life for others.  That day he fought a good fight.  It is often said, “A battle well begun is half won,” but there are not so many of you standing here that know the struggle, the conflict, and the strivings that it has meant for him to keep up that fight to keep his life on the altar.  I can look back on some days when in the agony of his soul he strove to preserve that sacrifice on God’s altar, and even his tears. 


*1 Kings 19:19-20:  So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him. And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, "Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee." And he said unto him, "Go back again: for what have I done to thee?" And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.