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Outside the camp

Posted by appolus on September 25, 2016

Therefore let us go forth to Him, outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come. (Heb 13:13-14)

Speaking of the outpouring at Azusa street in Los Angeles in 1906, before the scourge of denominationalism got a hold of it Frank Barltleman writes the following………….

The spirit of the song given from God in the beginning was like the Aeolian harp in the spontaneity and the sweetness. In fact it was the very breath of God, playing on human heart-strings, or human vocal chords. The notes were wonderful in sweetness , volume and duration. In fact they were oft-times humanly impossible. It was indeed “singing in the Spirit.”

We had no pope or hierarchy. We were brothers. We had no human program;the Lord Himself was leading. We had no priest class nor priest craft. These things have come in later, with the apostatizing of the movement. We did not even have a platform or pulpit in the beginning. All were level. The ministers were servants, according to the true meaning of the word. We did not honor men for their advantage in means and education, but rather for their God-given gifts. He set the members in the Body.

The services ran almost continuously. Seeking souls could be found under the power any hour of the night or day. The place was never closed nor empty. The people came to meet God. He was always there. Hence a continuous meeting. The meeting did not depend on the human leader. God’s presence became more wonderful. In that old building with its low rafters and bare floors, God took strong men and women to pieces, and put them back together again for His glory. It was a tremendous overhauling process. Pride and self-esteem could not survive there.

No subjects or sermons were announced ahead of time, and no special speakers for such an hour. Know one knew what might be coming, what God would do. All was spontaneous, ordered of the Spirit. We wanted to hear from God, through whom whoever He might speak. We had no respect of persons. The rich and the educated were the same as the poor and the ignorant, and found a much harder death to die. We only recognized God. all were equal. It had to start in the poor surroundings to keep out the selfish, human element.

We were delivered right there from ecclesiastical hierarchism and abuse. We wanted God. When we first reached the meeting we avoided as much possible human contact and greeting. We got our head under some bench in the corner in prayer and met men only in the Spirit, knowing them ” after the flesh,” no more. All obeyed God, in meekness and humility. IN honor we preferred on another. The Lord was liable to burst through anyone. One would finally get up, anointed for the message. It might be from the back seat or from the front. It made no difference ( Frank Bartleman) Read the rest of this entry »

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