Evangelist Julius Creary 'WIRY AND FIERY'
published: Tuesday | August 12, 2003
By Billy Hall, Contributor
HE PREACHES as if charged with electricity. Standing six feet three inches, and despite his 65 years, his eyes burn brightly, his arms flail, his voice whispers and crescendos, and his body strikes angled kinesthetic postures as he demands of hearers that they 'decide now, for Christ'.
But some women do not see Evangelist Julius Creary as a heavenly messenger. For example, in his youthful days of preaching at a rural crusade, a young lady became a conspicuously consistent visitor to the services. However, when a counsellor asked her if she was ready to become saved, she replied, "Who talking 'bout save? The man handsome, me come church fi look close ina him face".
Julius, however, sees himself as an instrument in God's hands for the salvation of souls. He sees all people as being either on the way to the bliss of heaven or the eternal burning of hell.
When preaching, there are times his voice reaches high levels of intensity, and his shirt becomes wet with perspiration. Inwardly, he trembles, he says, as he agonises in the Spirit, pleading with God for the deliverance of lost souls from Satan's Kingdom.
He preaches with keen awareness that he is engaged in spiritual warfare, against opponents not of flesh and blood, but spiritual beings in high places fighting against God and so seeking to blight the harvest of souls God wants us to reap for His glory. Therefore, Julius is constantly at prayer, at set times and otherwise. He sees prayer as necessary to fortify and arm himself for spiritual battle against Satanic forces, and, secondly, but more importantly, to be faithful to God, in the tradition of Jesus who prayed constantly for spiritual strengthening, as he engaged in mission on earth. Financial rewards are low, he explains. Not surprisingly then, after more than four decades as an Evangelist, he still lives in rented quarters. However, every now and then some miraculous 'breakthroughs' have occurred he says, in regard to the meeting of important, pressing bills. He lives largely by the 'love gifts' of those he calls 'prayer partners' for whatever he has received as a monthly 'salary' from any church organisation has been merely 'basic'. He delights to recall occasions when God used individuals, suddenly, and unexpectedly, to meet some specific, pressing, financial needs. He sees such experiences as 'Adventures of Faith', which is the title of his coming book, which capsules accounts of such 'adventures' as well as reports accounts of other dramatic incidents in his life of mission as an Evangelist. He says the book is to be off the press for Easter next year. The book will also tell his life story. He grew up in East Kingston and as a youth was fond of sports. He roamed the open lands of Doncaster, now a housing community. The Scouts then, owned the land, which adjoined the Mental Hospital on Windward Road. Also, he was a regular watcher of Senior Cup cricket every Saturday at one of the ovals in his vicinity Wembly, Lucas, or Kensington.
In regard to his early religious life, he says he received an excellent foundation in Bible truth. He mentions how attending primary school was useful (Franklin Town and Vauxhall) for devotional sessions were daily. As a young teen he lived beside the original Camperdown High School, and often heard their devotional exercises. He longs, therefore, for more Bible teaching in schools, and a better period of Christian worship emphasis. Another good spiritual foundation he cherishes is the Bible teaching he got while attending the Sunday School of St. Michael's Anglican Church. He says that as a result of all these wholesome influences upon his life, he somehow drifted to a Youth For Christ Rally at the Methodist Coke Hall, in downtown Kingston. There, he heard the sharp, clear, challenging Gospel, and left the Rally that first night under the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Finally, at home, as he wrestled with the Spirit, he surrendered to the claims of Christ upon his life. At that time, consistent with family traditions, he was a member of St. Michael's Anglican Church, and so he continued in membership there.
Now that he was 'born-again', church life became more meaningful. He speaks well of the pastoral guidance of the late Canon Hugh Smythe. He says he is profoundly indebted to St. Michael's for the lessons of the Spirit he learned in Christian character formation. Nurtured by several sound spiritual influences, after a few years, he became aware of the irresistible call of God to devote his life to the preaching of the Gospel.
For 44 years he has been doing exactly that and God has blessed his gift and ministry tremendously, in Jamaica, in other Caribbean countries, in Africa, in England, and in North America.
The Anglican Church prepared him for the exercise of his gift and afforded him wonderful opportunity for the fulfilling of his calling. A Bishop in England commissioned him to be a Church Army Captain, following his period of training at Carlisle College of Evangelism. Interviewing Julius Creary is quite a different experience from watching him in pulpit action, for in conversation he is reflective. But on the platform or behind the pulpit he is a declarative, engaging and persuasive Evangelist - wiry then, and still and fiery now!
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