The Calling

Word from the Lord through David P Griffiths, 28/08/12

 “VISIONS OF FOUNDERS”

 

“A movement of God will have a human resource: an empty vessel, temple of God to work through, in setting forth a vision.

 

“The visionary will write down what God has called him to do, & set up. This can go either one of two ways: where people gather round him, & accept his prophetic word, & forward the vision; or, a group of people will gather round, giving lip service to the vision, & look to take over with their own agenda.

 

These people are rebels to the vision, & guilty of the sin of witchcraft. Such people bring earthly order to such movements set up by visionaries. They become highly organized, highly disciplined units, impossible for God to work through, for they have rebelled against the visionary, & are guilty of the sin of witchcraft.

 

“They give lip service to the vision; make their movements highly organized & disciplined in man’s eyes, maintaining a form of godliness, but denying the power. Stay well clear of such rebels.

 

“This is why, if you ever preach in a Methodist church, you do not preach anything else but entire sanctification; for that movement was setup by God as a holiness movement, its leaders giving lip service to the vision, having a Methodist church highly organized & disciplined, but with no anointing of God – hence its lack of flamboyance. If John Wesley returned today, little place would be given for his full surrender message, for it would crack wide open the organization & discipline of the rebels, for the message of God to continue in line with the vision.

 

“Such as it is with many movements. The Elim Pentecostal Church had a founder who proclaimed the Foursquare Gospel. Where is it now? Bound under a chain of Higher Criticism; a movement embracing the cult of Higher Criticism to such a degree that when you were at its college, it denied the very anointing that brought huge numbers to massive physical relief.

 

“Remember at Lowestoft, when you stood in Jeffreys’ shoes? By honouring the vision, greater miracles will take place than even Jeffreys witnessed; for as Elisha received a double portion from Elijah, so when you preach in an Elim church, you preach the Foursquare Gospel, a message the rebels suppressed, which you are to restore to Elim one day, as its leader in the boots of Jeffreys rather than in the boots of the rebels.

 

“Such as it is with the Bible College of Wales. It is obvious that it is to be in Wales; hence its name, for it is a missions manifestation of the Evan Roberts revival, & all that it embraced. The movement got taken over by those that did not embrace the vision of the founder, & it is right you stir up that mantle.

 

“Today there are those who have taken over that vision, so they think, who have brought great organization & discipline to that call. What they do not have is the anointing of the founder! Only those who ask for the double portion are entitled to the vision. The rebels have made it into a den of iniquity; discipline & order of an earthly nature, but lacking the power of the past.

 

“The Bible College of Wales website has maintained the intercessory emphasis of the ministry, continuing the original vision – hence the use of the word ‘continuing.’ And now, you have stirred up the anointing, in bringing back what Rees Howells sent forth: well-trained missionaries, with a great knowledge of the Word, the reaping now coming back, with anointed material from Asia, which rebels, under the university system of Britain, will not be able to compete with.

 

“Those moving in the anointing of the founders, have a flamboyance in their bellies the organizers cannot cope with. The organizers keep to every rule of man, bringing in a deadness & a lull-ness to movements taken over by rebels – that is, organized rebels.

 

“The devil attacks the minds of those moving in the flamboyance, with stories of imminent disaster & government disapproval. The organizers are vision-stealers, bringing destruction to the people; for without a vision, the people perish.

 

“You are to stand firm, in restoring the mantles of the past, so that you can know that when you face God, you can say you have continued movements in the anointing, rather than the discipline of the god of this world, who is taking, not only those with a spiritual vision, under the world’s order, but also businesses who have had histories over many generations, that are being taken over by a globalization agenda that has not given heed to the way business has been run in Britain for years; hence the number of bankruptcies going on, because of the highly disciplined & organized globalization structures of the New World Order.

 

“You are bringing life through obeying the call of God. The organizers are bringing death, because they are well organized & disciplined adherents to the letter of the law that kills, rather than the one who set us free from the curse of the law, movement after movement taken over by rebels, & those looking to restore visions coming under constant attack from those who are wonderfully organized, who are rebels who deny the power.”

A W TOZER: The Old Cross and the New!

 

Tozer shows exactly what we are standing for identifying the "new cross" of modern day Christendom, a "new cross" that closed the original Bible College of Wales - the Restored Original Vision College being all about re-storing the preaching and teaching of the Old Rugged Cross to the nations.

ALL UNANNOUNCED AND MOSTLY UNDETECTED there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles. It is like the old cross, but different: the likenesses are superficial; the differences, fundamental.

 

From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life, and from that new philosophy has come a new evangelical technique-a new type of meeting and a new kind of preaching. This new evangelism employs the same language as the old, but its content is not the same and its emphasis not as before.

 

The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. It carried into effect the sentence imposed by the law of Sinai. The new cross is not opposed to the human race; rather, it is a friendly pal and, if understood aright, it is the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure, only now he takes delight in singing choruses and watching religious movies instead of singing bawdy songs and drinking hard liquor. The accent is still on enjoyment, though the fun is now on a higher plane morally if not intellectually.

 

The new cross encourages a new and entirely different evangelistic approach. The evangelist does not demand abnegation of the old life before a new life can be received. He preaches not contrasts but similarities. He seeks to key into public interest by showing that Christianity makes no unpleasant demands; rather, it offers the same thing the world does, only on a higher level. Whatever the sin-mad world happens to be clamoring after at the moment is cleverly shown to be the very thing the gospel offers, only the religious product is better.

 

The new cross does not slay the sinner, it redirects him. It gears him into a cleaner and jollier way of living and saves his self-respect. To the self-assertive it says, "Come and assert yourself for Christ." To the egotist it says, "Come and do your boasting in the Lord." To the thrill seeker it says, "Come and enjoy the thrill of Christian fellowship." The Christian message is slanted in the direction of the current vogue in order to make it acceptable to the public.

 

The philosophy back of this kind of thing may be sincere but its sincerity does not save it from being false. It is false because it is blind. It misses completely the whole meaning of the cross.

 

The old cross is a symbol of death. It stands for the abrupt, violent end of a human being. The man in Roman times who took up his cross and started down the road had already said good-by to his friends. He was not coming back. He was going out to have it ended. The cross made no compromise, modified nothing, spared nothing; it slew all of the man, completely and for good. It did not try to keep on good terms with its victim. It struck cruel and hard, and when it had finished its work, the man was no more.

 

The race of Adam is under death sentence. There is no commutation and no escape. God cannot approve any of the fruits of sin, however innocent they may appear or beautiful to the eyes of men. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life.

 

That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its hearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die.

 

We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum.

God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. Whoever would possess it must pass under the rod. He must repudiate himself and concur in God's just sentence against him.

 

What does this mean to the individual, the condemned man who would find life in Christ Jesus? How can this theology be translated into life? Simply, he must repent and believe. He must forsake his sins and then go on to forsake himself. Let him cover nothing, defend nothing, excuse nothing. Let him not seek to make terms with God, but let him bow his head before the stroke of God's stern displeasure and acknowledge himself worthy to die.

 

Having done this let him gaze with simple trust upon the risen Saviour, and from Him will come life and rebirth and cleansing and power. The cross that ended the earthly life of Jesus now puts an end to the sinner; and the power that raised Christ from the dead now raises him to a new life along with Christ.

 

To any who may object to this or count it merely a narrow and private view of truth, let me say God has set His hallmark of approval upon this message from Paul's day to the present. Whether stated in these exact words or not, this has been the content of all preaching that has brought life and power to the world through the centuries. The mystics, the reformers, the revivalists have put their emphasis here, and signs and wonders and mighty operations of the Holy Ghost gave witness to God's approval.

 

Dare we, the heirs of such a legacy of power, tamper with the truth? Dare we with our stubby pencils erase the lines of the blueprint or alter the pattern shown us in the Mount? May God forbid. Let us preach the old cross and we will know the old power. (A. W. Tozer, Man, the Dwelling Place of God, 1966)

"When God stepped down"declared Duncan Campbell.

This College God is building  from the foundations of the Bible College of Wales  has great intercession from the heart in touch with the Holy Ghost interceding to the Father. We expect the same results as achieved in the Hebrides, great addresses on revival being given by both Duncan Campbell and Rees Howells in Llandrindod Wells.

JESUS CHRIST: The Saviour, Baptizer in the Holy Ghost, The Healer, The Soon Coming King!

 What Welshman George Jeffreys portrayed in founding Elim, a movement God is calling back to HIM and its original stance!

Norman Grubb and Rees Howells worked together in fulfilling "The Great Commission" writes David P Griffiths

 

My dad William Griffiths was just one voice God sent out through the ministry of these great men of God.

 

Galatians 2:20 King James Version (KJV)

 

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

J D Drysdale portrayed the one and only true form of Christianity -that is the total surrender message - and it is this students at Emmanuel Bible College, Birkenhead portrayed. J D Drysdale was Principal at this College sending out missionaries all over the World - Hallelujah!

SMITH WIGGLESWORTH

 

Holiness and Pentecostal Movements were together as one at the beginning of the twentieth century writes David P Griffiths. Rev Dr Roy Harthern has ministered with us here with his dear wife Pauline.

 

Roy's father Charles was one of the early pioneers of the Assemblies of God in U.K., Roy himself having being a pianist at the great meetings of Smith Wigglesworth.

 

Sheila Standish who is in the ministry here with us in North Wales had Roy's father Charles as her Uncle and so it is with this heart we restore the Bible College of Wales that God has ordained CONTINUES in North Wales as the Bible College of Wales Continuing.

 

The supernatural faith of Smith Wigglesworth is manifesting here!

Invitation Message through Brian Mason

 

For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, And floods upon the dry ground.

 

Isaiah chapter 44 verse 3

What a word we have before us, a word to challenge the easy going, soon satisfied Christianity which is the norm today. God wants to give us all that He has to give if only He can find those who will come to him on his own terms.

A condition is to give God his rightful place. God has to be given the reverence that must only be given to God. It is to the creator that reverence is due not to the creature as is evidenced in today’s society. With God there is no room for the flesh and the life which says I rather than God has my life. Man was created to commune with God and did so until the disobedience of Adam. This disobedience is still part of every person on earth today who has not been reconciled to God through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. How could it be otherwise when Saint Paul declares:


That no flesh should glory in His presence.

 

1 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 29

How can sinful man glory in the presence of a holy God. This is the God who has said: I am the Lord, and there is none else, There is no God beside me.

 

Isaiah chapter 45 verse 5

God is God because He unlike everyone else He is holy. It is His holiness which sets Him apart from all other gods or people. It was the holiness of God which Isaiah had seen which reduced him to nothing in his own estimation. This is why Isaiah had one of the deepest insights into the character of God that anyone has received.


And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: The whole earth is full of His glory.


Isaiah chapter 6 verse 3

Has the Church today accepted that the whole character of God and His dealings with mankind are based on His holiness? I would say no for God is treated with familiarity rather than reverence. Where self is still reigning God is not to be found. This is why there is a lack of power in the Church. There is a reliance on human thinking rather than seeing the supernatural acts of God. It is possible to claim to know Jesus as Saviour and Lord but still to be so wrapped up in our own agenda that God is not asked what he wants to do. The concept of all but a small minority is what can God do for me or at best what can I do for God. What God is looking for are those who not only see God as holy and for who He is but are willing to be made willing for God in the person of the Holy Spirit to live through their body. It is as though the teaching of the early Church as seen in the New Testament no longer applies. How else could the early Church be so dynamic? It was because the Holy Spirit lived in and through those who had given their lives to him. Look at Peter, look at Paul as examples. These were men who when the Holy Spirit took full control of them it was another power who had taken over and it was the life and power of God that was being manifested through their bodies. Their thoughts and words became those of the Holy Spirit. Is this still possible today? Of course it is but only for those who will accept God’s conditions.

God is God because he is holy but where is the teaching of holiness today? Without lives which are holy then we will never know the Holy Spirit living in and manifesting through us the life and power of God. Sanctification is not a popular subject for the reason that all that is unclean has to go to the cross. Every last part of the corrupt self life has to go. The Holy Spirit will not share his life with us. He and He alone must live in us and he is God. That is why the Church today is inept at best. Man lives for his own self, thinking he knows better than God. Unless Jesus Christ is enthroned in your life it is you and not God who reigns. A powerless Church will still continue to go its own way pleasing itself instead of submitting to God. However, there is glorious hope in the words of Isaiah.

Isaiah speaks of pouring water upon him that is thirsty and floods upon the dry ground. Who will believe this today? It is in the Bible so it is there to be believed and acted upon. Whether as an individual, a group who prays together or a church these promises are there to be acted upon. Are we prepared to call upon God until he answers? This was certainly the case with Christine and Peggy Smith who prayed for months on these words alone before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the revival on the Isle of Lewis in 1949. Life today demands that which is instant. Are there still those who are prepared to go on their faces before God and cry unto Him on the basis of His character and that He is bound to His covenant promises until the throne of God is touched and the floods of the Holy Spirit’s sounds from heaven are once more heard. It will cost everything for this to happen again.

 

The self centred church is not a fit tool to touch the throne of God for it is unclean. Only those men and women of God who have no self interests but are the cleansed vessels who the Holy Spirit lives through them can reach this level with God. This is none other than walking in heavenly places where dwells the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Few today have reached that place of power to touch the throne of God because they will not accept God’s terms for engagement. Are you prepared to be an exception to the norm?

 

If so you may be open to hear the Holy Spirit calling you join us as a student or worker at Bible College Continuing. There is not one thought of self at this college as it is open to all because the Holy Spirit challenged me to drop charging tuition fees and instead provide free tuition for every subject leading to the honours degree so I have requested that the web site be amended accordingly.

 

Is there another Bible College in the world which will provide free tuition for every student?

The First Bishop of Liverpool: J.C. Ryle

IS HOLINESS OF LIFE STILL FOR TODAY?

 

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Bishop of Liverpool. He studied the Bible to find holiness of life and found this was in Christ.

 

He wrote many sermon leaflets which sold millions of copies.  He was responsible for explaining to and drawing many thousands into a deeper Christian life. 

 

Three words stood out to Ryle. These are “Christ is all” (Colossians 3:11) To Ryle the words “Christ is all” were the essence and substance of Christianity. There needs to be a right knowledge of Christ in order to have a right knowledge of sanctification. There can be no holiness unless Christ is given His rightful place in the believer’s life.

 

Ryle knew that there had to be a firm foundation of belief and this

could be nothing less than the Bible.  He saw that Christ is all in all in the Bible, past, present and future.  In relation to all the counsels of God concerning man, Christ is:

 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (St John 1:1)

 

“Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.”(Philippians 2:6)

 

Ryle knew his God to be the God of the Bible who is Jesus Christ, who was the “Word” to John and “equal with God” to Paul.  How far much of Christianity has gone from these accepted foundational truths to Ryle. What would he have made of Jesus Christ being “a son of the gods” (Daniel 3:25) as contained in many Bible translations of today.  What is there left of Christianity when Christ is not God?

 

Ryle also understood “Christ is all” in each inspired book which make up the Bible. Whether seen dimly in some books, more clearly in others or fully and completely in others He is still there. It is Christ’s sacrifice and death for sinners which are the foundations. Then there is His Kingdom and His future glory.

 

To Ryle, Christ had to be all in the sinner’s justification before God.

 

The true Christian also had to have Christ as all in his sanctification. Christ has to be all in every aspect of the Christian life.

 

“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”(1 Corinthians 1:30)

 

Ryle warns of the uselessness of a Christless religion. In his experience Ryle saw even amongst those who went to church many who knew practically nothing at all about Christ.  These relied on works of self rather than Christ for salvation.  A knowledge of the Christ of the Bible was almost non- existent. Ryle made clear that there was enormous folly in joining anything with Christ in the matter of salvation. Whatever form this adding too was seen by Ryle as doing Christ an injury. Salvation to Ryle was to be directly related to Christ and not Christ with anything added to.  The whole of the Christian life is in Christ for there cannot according to the Bible be Christ plus something else.

 

Christ to Ryle is the great object of faith. It is faith in the finished work of Christ alone which is a pillar of the Christian life. It can never be a mixture of Christ and works of self. This is still true today as the kingdom of Satan is overflowing with those who do not see “Christ is all” or accept Christ as the only means of salvation.

 

Holiness of life is still for today when the true Christian accepts his position is “in Christ.” Let us be aware, though, that Ryle warned of great dangers to this position which went under the name of Christianity.  In the context of Ryle’s own times there needed to be the maintenance of the entire truth of Christianity which was to be based on the divine authority of the Bible.

 

There also needed to be distinct and decided views of Christian doctrine. What Ryle warned about was the unscriptural and soul-ruining character of Romanism.  Christianity of the day needed a higher standard of personal holiness. 

 

There are similarities with our own times.  There has been a definite move away from the divine authority of the Bible.  The evil spirit of    Higher Criticism has eaten into the heart of Christianity seeking to undermine the divine authority of God’s Word and replace this with human thinking at the destruction of the faith of many. There has been compromise too through Ecumenism which has eaten away at what were once clear doctrinal truths.

When sin, repentance, the cross, the blood of Christ and the deity of Christ along with Satan and Hell have been removed or replaced in many Bible translations and forms of service and are no longer to be mentioned in preaching, then the heart of the gospel has been removed and Christ has died in vain. Christian doctrine, then has been eroded. 

 

In its place there has come universalism, a mix of faiths and the Christianity of men’s ideas where anything goes even to the extent that atheists will go to heaven. 

 

Who is at the forefront of all this? It is none other than the unscriptural and soul-ruining character of Romanism which Ryle gave great warning. 

 

Even once doctrinally sound denominations of Protestantism and the

early charismatic movement have lost their once sound doctrinal foundations to come under the one world church which can be described as the synagogue of Satan so far has this moved away from the God of the Bible.

 

There are still those, however, who have not compromised.  These are to be found in the remnant Church which today is the body of Christ which has remained faithful to Him.  Amongst these are The Church of England (Continuing), Free Church (Continuing) and Pentecostal Holiness Continuing. 

 

Amongst these and others who have not moved their foundations can be found those who have holiness of life or will seek after holiness of life because they know “Christ is all” and know what their position is “in Christ.”

 

Researched from Holiness Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots. J.C.Ryle  Hendrickson Publishers 2007    

Writes David P Griffiths: ITS THE BAPTISM OF FIRE WE NEED

 

HOLY GHOST CHRISTIANS FULL OF THE FIRE, FULLY SANCTIFIED TO TAKE BACK FROM THE DEVIL THAT WHICH HE HAS STOLEN!

 

But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: Mal. 3:2 KJV

 

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:  Matt. 3:11 

 

Recognize if John was right in his prophetic word over the Baptism of Fire then it is this we need today – Jesus had the Spirit fall upon him and it IS US (yet not us) who need it especially in these last days –

 

The longing need on this earth today is the fire, the fire which is omitted from the talk of charismatics and being “spirit-filled”, this baptism is far beyond that concept and is mentioned in Malachi, Matthew and Acts. 

 

We are talking here of the Baptism of Fire! 

 

Malachi 3:1-3  King James Version (KJV) 

 

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts. 

 

2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he

appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap: 

 

3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. 

 

Matthew 3:11-12 King James Version (KJV) 

 

11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 

 

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

 

Acts 2:1-4 King James Version (KJV) 

 

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 

 

2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind,

and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 

 

3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 

 

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. 

 

Fire therefore brings forth the purifying, penetrating and energising power of the Holy Ghost as holiness preacher Maynard James put it!

 

I remember watching Maynard James preach in my younger days at Aintree Gospel Mission, Liverpool. He preached with a fire evangelism, souls responding and abandoning their lives to the move of the Spirit. 

 

Maynard recalls that the Holy Spirit is likened in scripture to seven (the number of perfection) to seven lamps of burning fire so can there be a Baptism in the Spirit without fire, without the burning, with the Malachi Refiners Fire and Fullers soap, without the assurance of John that Jesus would burn up the chaff, the burning clearly coming in the Baptism on the Early Church in Acts which was to become a Church dead to the religious form like we see today but a Church that had upon it cloven tongues like as of fire!

This is the true Church. 

 

Revelation 4:5 King James Version (KJV) 

 

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 

 

Isaiah 4:4 King James Version (KJV) 

 

4 When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning. 

 

BURNING UP OF CARNAL PRIDE & FEAR 

 

To quote Maynard James who in turn quotes Samuel Chadwick: It was the fire of the Holy Ghost that burned up the dross of carnal pride and fear, and gave the hundred and twenty a supernatural power which shook the hardest city in the world and brought three thousand sinners to Christ in a single day. 

 

Well wrote Samuel Chadwick: “The supreme need of the church is fire. The one persistent prayer of them that cry and sigh is for the fiery baptism of Pentecost …. The baptism of the Spirit is the baptism of fire. Spirit filled souls are ablaze for God. They love with a love that glows. That believe with a faith that kindles.

 

They serve with a devotion that consumes. They hate sin with a fierceness that burns ……

 

”Maynard James; I Believe in the Holy Ghost. Lakeland, London, 1965. 

 

Ralph M. Riggs in his classic book The Spirit Himself points out that the children of Israel were preceded through the wilderness by a pillar of cloud by day and

a pillar of fire by night. 

 

Exodus 13:21-22 King James Version (KJV) 

 

21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 

 

22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people. 

 

This has to come with revival as the revivalist William Williams knew in Wales: 

 

Open now the crystal fountain,

Whence the healing stream doth flow;

Let the fire and cloudy pillar

Lead me all my journey through.

Strong Deliverer, strong Deliverer,

Be Thou still my Strength and Shield;

Be Thou still my Strength and Shield. 

 

Smith Wigglesworth preached on May 24th. 1926 that the ministers of God are to be flames of fire! 

 

Hebrews 1:7 King James Version (KJV) 

 

7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 

 

Declared Wigglesworth: 

 

A flame of fire! A perpetual fire; a constant fire, a constant burning; a holy inward flame which is exactly that which God’s Son was in the world manifesting for us all. I can see this – that God has nothing for us than to be flames! This flame is the outward manifestation of the Spirit’s power to convict sinners, to bring populations to the Cross of Jesus Christ, to be buried with him in baptism, to be risen again a flame of fire!

 

This is what  we are all about – to bring about those who know their position; to bring the Baptism of Fire and to move ahead into 100 fold blessing. 

 

It is the fire that is missing! We in this ministry are all agreed that we have never seen so much corruption, hatred and bad blood amongst a people who call themselves “Spirit Filled Christians.” 

 

Whilst the term is correct Biblically it is widely used to describe an experience that lacks fire, the Holy Spirit being the Spirit of Burning and it this that removes the dross. 

WHAT IS A REAL CHRISTIAN?

Message through Intercessor Brian Mason

 

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.

Hebrews chapter 12 verse 14

 

This verse could not be more definite in its meaning.  It speaks to believers and helps us to an understanding of who is a believer.  What does this say in relation to holiness?  We are told that God’s standard of life for believers is holiness.  Without holiness we are told no man shall see the Lord.  God’s condition for seeing Him both now and hereafter is holiness.

 

There is a definiteness here.  There is none of the compromise of the modern church.  Modern church thinking places emphasis on happiness.  God does not.  His standard is holiness.  The lack of holiness in lives brings into question whether many who call themselves Christian are born again.  Jesus was clear in His teaching that in order to know God we must be born again.

 

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

 

St John chapter 3 verse 3

 

These words were spoken by Jesus to Nicodemus.  Jesus is clear in His teaching when He says “cannot see the kingdom of God” and in verse 5 when He says “cannot enter into the kingdom of God.”  No compromise here and no exceptions.  This is where modern day Christianity is failing.  There is a lack of definiteness.  The standard is holiness in lives which have been born again and have had been brought into communication with God.  The opposite to holiness is sin.  There needs to no compromise for it is not the traditions of men or the church but only the Word of God which can show us God’s standards.  These standards are a holy life which is only possible once sin, not in part but the whole has been destroyed in the life of a sinner.

 

Let there be clarity that everyone who is not born again and because of this cannot live a holy life will never see God and therefore will not go to be with Him when he or she leaves this world.  Why might you ask?  Again the answer is found in God’s word.  Not the words of the traditions of men but words spoken with authority because they come from God. 

 

The earth was created perfectly with the first man Adam having fellowship with God and having dominion over the earth.

 

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let him have dominion.

 

Genesis chapter 1 verse 26

 

All went well whilst Adam obeyed.  However, there was a created being who had been cast out of heaven who caused Adam to be disobedient to God.  Jesus knew all about this vile being.  Jesus said:

 

And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightening fall from heaven.

 

St Luke chapter 10 verse 18

 

Adam sinned and because of his sin all since Adam are born with sin.  Satan robbed Adam of his rightful place.  The Word of God is clear that Satan is the god of this world.

 

In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of god, should shine unto them.

 

2 Corinthians chapter 4 verse 4

 

There is a perfect thread through God’s word.  Adam was created to rule the earth for God.  Satan a created being challenged God and was cast out of heaven.  Satan caused Adam to sin.  Instead of holiness being the nature of man this was replaced by sin and Satan took over control of the earth and in doing so has control of every man and woman born since Adam.  It is only when the sinful nature is replaced by the divine nature and holiness rather than sin is in control that men and women are restored to the original purpose of God.

 

There is only one way to bring about this restoration and that is through the finished work of Jesus.  It is the cleansing blood of Jesus which alone can cleanse from indwelling sin.  Sin has to be removed before holiness can come in the place of sin.  Sin not just a part but the whole is dealt with when faith trusts in the full sufficiency of the Atonement made on the cross.  This is the message according to God’s word which is rejected by the majority of what is called Christianity today.  Satan as the god of this world is a master at keeping the fallen race, that is everyone without exception, shut up to faith in Jesus.  Without a living faith whereby men and women are reconciled to God through the blood of Jesus and brought into communication with God then hell will be far more populated than heaven. 

 

For those who have been born again there is the need to grow in the spiritual life.  Their spirits have been made alive as the once dead spirit is in communication with God.  Holiness of life is God’s standard.  The Word of God calls for purity of heart.  The need of today is for holiness of life.  The Holy Spirit is God’s means of bringing God’s standard of holiness and purity of life into the believer.  This is the work of entire sanctification whereby the once controlling power of sin having been destroyed when the believer is born again is transformed into a life which shows forth the life of Jesus. 

 

The Christian life is one which should bear nothing of the old sinful life.  How can it be anything but having a life which is full of holiness?  Not the teaching of the false church with its clinging to the fallen nature of man and allowing the keeping of parts of the old sinful life.  How could this be so for it is not scriptural?  Light cannot share with darkness.  Sin as has been shown is the direct opposite of holiness.  It is God’s standard of holiness alone which is acceptable to God.   Have you sought after God’s standard or are you still under the control of the god of this world?

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