In John R.Rice’s pamplet, “Personal Soul Winning,” he gives a shout out to Jack Hyles’ pamplet,
“HOW TO BOOST YOUR CHURCH ATTENDANCE.
In it there is a passage:
“If a person is going to be a soul winner he must not be offensive to the people with whom he talks. It is a definite asset for a soul winner to be careful to bathe often, to avoid body odor. Teeth should be brushed, and breath should be tested. Carry mints in your pockets or some good flavored chewing gum which will help keep the breath from being offensive. One of the most damaging things in soul winning is the effect of halitosis. By all means, a soul winner should watch this carefully.”
“Bring out the Holy Breath Tester!”
“Thy breath be minty fresh go thou and winneth souls”… “Next!”
“Thy breath be most foul and couldst knock a buzzard off a week old corpse at 50 paces. Go thou immediately and brushest thy teeth seven times. Rinse thy mouth with ListerScopetamint after each brushing. Then return here and present your breath for the administering of the Holy breath spray. Then, if thy breath be clean, thou mayest be counted worthy to go forth and winneth souls.”
And here all this time I thought it was the drawing of the Holy Spirit by the hearing of the word of God that sinners came to salvation by Grace through faith. I had no idea that it was the minty fresh breath of the soulwinner that made the difference.