A famous evangelist visits Walton's Mountain to preach and baptize converts. He is too much of a fire and brimstone preacher for John's taste.



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Episode credited cast:
Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)
Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
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A famous evangelist visits Walton's Mountain to preach and baptize converts. He is too much of a fire and brimstone preacher for John's taste.

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Drama | Family | Romance




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14 October 1976 (USA)  »

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Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] We were a religious people on Waltons Mountain. The church was the center of our social, as well as our spiritual lives. Each year there would come a great religious revival when each of us would be called upon to examine our conscience and to receive salvation. It was a time of joyous reunion, of intense religious fervor, and it was looked forward to with great anticipation by everyone except my father.
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Rock of Ages
Music by Thomas Hastings (1830)
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady (1776)
Portion sung by bus passengers
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John is so right!
19 August 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

John Walton made an important comment at the end of this episode: he did not see what being screamed at and dunked in water was going to do for him...Without accepting Jesus as your personal savior, it does not good!!! Since they are Baptist, I can say these things...I've been baptist my whole life, and I'll assure you that we do not believe being "dunked" in water sends you to Heaven. We also believe that being a good person will not get you into Heaven. Based on the Bible, we all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God..." I did NOT like this reverend's method of saving souls. He screamed at people and pointed people out. I believe Mary Ellen's salvation experience may have been real, but Ben did it out of pure guilt and then just to please his mother. John may very well be a Christian. He believed in God and admitted to worshiping Him in his own way. He was a God-fearing man and raised his family as such...Olivia makes me so MAD at times insisting her family get baptized so she knows their souls are saved.

Like John said, it's just being dunked into water...Baptism is meant as a public confession of your faith...nothing more!

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