If the Holy Spirit was withdrawn from the church today, 90% of what we do would go on and no one would know the difference. That is a very state of affairs because if the early church had experience the withdrawing of the Holy Spirit everybody would have noticed. It does not have to be that way; it should not be that way; we can remedy that problem and we must.
It is a waste of time for a group of believers to spend long hours begging God for revival. If we ourselves do not intend to reform then we may as well not pray.
Unless praying people have enough insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to be in complete conformity to the New Testament pattern then there will be no genuine revival.
From my friend Mark Williams: You say poTATo, I say poTOTo, Walmart says BATATO.
Made a quick trip to Walmart to pick up two potatoes for baking. Being in a hurry I chose the self check out. Placed them on the scanner / scales and got the look up item screen with the alphabet. Punched “P”, and it said “no items found”. Surely I just thought I punched “P”, so I did I again with the same results. Hmmm, tried “R” for “Russet”, but no Potatos. The Walmart person walks by so I asked her, “How do I find potatos?” She hits “B” and says, “You look under “B” for Baked.” I said “but I was going to fry them.” Got the strangest look as she walked off.
The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men.
Pastor Ward Clinton
Worship, I say, rises or falls with our concept of God …. and if there is one terrible disease in the Church of Christ, it is that we do not see God as great as He is. A. W. Tozer
Even the word “Communism,” which every revolutionary is so proud of, has been changed into “progressive, “anti-Fascist” or “liberal.” Further, to confuse their adversaries, the Marxist-Leninists have devised a new language which uses old words in the basic vocabulary. When they say “imperialism arouses the wrath of the people and digs its own grave,” they mean “through our manipulation of the local Communist parties, and with a vast auxiliary corps of dupes ; and sympathizers, we so arrange matters that the free enterprise system and democracy are destroyed from within. All we need to do is push it into the grave.”http://www.marianland.com/marx01.html
We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with that irresponsible, amusement-mad, paganized pseudo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their ends. A. W. Tozer
pastor Ward Clinton