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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)

Brothers and sisters, I could go on and quote much more from this dear brother but you get the picture of what was going on there. It was only two years before , that the Welsh revival had broken out. God was moving all over the world. In those days no one could have foreseen the horrors of a world war that was just around the corner. No one could have foreseen that not too long after the horrors of that war another war would plunge the world into such a spiritual darkness the likes of which the world had never seen before. But God saw it. God knew. He also knew that church as it existed then would never stem the tide of darkness but in fact would be swept up in it along with the world.

It is reckoned that from those two outpourings, over 600 million people came to know Jesus. These were movements quite outside the camp, outside of the gates of Christendom. Christendom had been swallowed up by the world and had found itself inside the camp, inside the city walls. It had a vested interest in the camp itself. It was an intergral part of the system of the world.

I want to remind the saints. We have no interest in the systems of the world. We have here no continuing city nor dwelling place to call our own, but we seek one that is to come. If we are to be of any use in these coming days of darkness brothers and sisters we have to be found outside of the city, outside of the camp, outside of the gates. It is a place of reproach no doubt. The religious and the faint of heart will not be able to take their place outside of all that is established. They will not be able to stand the ridicule and the loss of position in society.

Heb 13:10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tabernacle have no right to eat.

Brothers and sister it may be said of us that we have no altar, no proper place of worship, no legitimacy. I want to tell you what you already know. Oh we have an altar. Our altar is Jesus Himself. Our altar is not a material one but a personal one. He alone is our altar, our sacrifice, our gift, our meal, He and He alone is all in all. We give up nothing by coming outside of the camp, but we gain everything when we find Jesus there. This place of humility apart from the best of humanity is the rugged ground upon which we stand outside of the camp. The walls and the gates and the camps of men have always been formed for self-protection.

God is raising up an army of men and women and children whose primary purpose in life is not self-protection nor self-interest. For those who are interested in self-protection and self-interest would never find themselves outside the gate. This army of saints is only interested in the glory of God and the truth upon which they stand. This army marches on its knees and while they should be the most vulnerable group of people who ever lived they will strike fear into the heart of the enemy. And his anger against them is already rising. He will demand that those within the camp destroy those that are outside the camp if they want to preserve themselves and their positions.

No matter saints, it must be this way. You already know that in your hearts that wherever the truth leads us, then we must follow. Better to stand upon the solid unshakeable ground of the truth of which we love and be destroyed, than to compromise and find ourselves on the sinking sand of capitulation to a world that ultimately serves itself and its master. Better to die for Christ and live eternally than to sell our souls for a momentary bowl of stew, sell our birthright for the sake of acceptance from a dying and soon to be judged world. Stand fast brothers and sisters, the Lord is surely at the door.

7 Responses to “Outside the camp”

  1. Becky Johnson said

    Frank, where can I read more from him?

  2. Nina said

    Reblogged this on For Such A Time As This and commented:
    This touches my soul.

  3. So excellent, Frank! Frank Bartleman’s account of Azusa Street was one of the first books I read as a new believer nearly 40 years ago (in a now out-of-print book titled, “Another Wave Rolls In”.) It so powerfully impacted my life in Christ then and to this day I would consider it to be one of the top ten books that have shaped my walk with Him. Bartleman’s words are so full of light and life…you cannot help but be arrested by them. Thank you for what you have added to this excerpt as well to bring these truths home to us today! This is a great post! (Once I am through with the current series I am working on on my blog, I would like to reblog this one! I’ll be back! đŸ™‚ ) Thanks, brother!

    • p.s. Frank, if you or others would like to read the powerful preface to “Another Wave Rolls In” called, “Revival and Recovery” by Arthur Wallis, I have it posted on my blog here: https://christcenteredchristianity.com/resources/revival-and-recovery-by-arthur-wallis/ It also greatly impacted my life as I shared in a post I link to at the bottom of that page. I think you will be very blessed by it!

    • appolus said

      Oh David, I agree with you so much. His words are arresting because they flow from the lips of the Lord. As you read of his accounts of the simplicity and the profundity of what it truly means to encounter God in the corporate setting, does it not make you weep to think how far removed we are from the waves that rolled across the world at the turn of the 20th century. I am convinced in my spirit that this was that last great move of God to prepare us for the end of ages. Now imagine that the children children’s of this movement, this remnant army around the world, who carry this majestic God in their hearts, whose spirits cannot be contained no matter how compromised the world and Christendom becomes, just imagine them walking into the last waves to roll in through the fires of affliction……………….bro Frank

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