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A declaration of Independence

Posted by appolus on July 4, 2019

Today America celebrates her declaration to Britain. Declarations are powerful and consequential and typically final one way or the other. We live in a day and an age where we need more declarations like the one here celebrated. Whatever side of the pond you live on, it cannot be denied that this declaration put everything on the line for those who made it. Life or death. In our day it is truth that is enslaved. It will take great boldness and a willingness to put everything on the line to stand against this tyranny of lies.

Make no mistake, the lies that now enslave the world are powerful indeed and indeed are growing more powerful by the day. What was the colonies in comparison to the might of the British empire? What are those who stand upon the truth in comparison to a world of lies? We are a colony apart from an ever darkening and increasingly menacing world. Only a total separation and a declaration of independence from this world will do. Everything will be put on the line by those who make such a declaration. Life or death. Truth or lies. Heaven or hell.

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Who is on the Lord’s side?

Posted by appolus on June 21, 2019

Who is on the Lord’s side?

In Exodus 32 we read a very disturbing story. Moses leaves the people and goes up into the mountain to be with God. It was not long at all before the people come to Aaron, his brother, a priest, the religious head, and demand from him an idol to worship because Moses was seemingly gone and would not return. Aaron, rather than stand his ground, placates the people and gives them what they want. He gathers from them gold and from that gold he makes a calf, the very god that was worshiped in Egypt, and the people fall down and worship this calf as they give this false god credit for taking them out of Egypt.

We are living in a day when the Lord’s presence has all but departed from our gatherings, our meetings, our churches. The people have come to the religious leaders and demanded that they ignore divorce. They have demanded that they recognize gay marriage. They have demanded that they recognize trans-genders. Every form of sin one can imagine the people have demanded the religious leaders legitimize. And once they got it the people have risen up and played the harlot with other gods while the King of Kings is relegated to a mere afterthought and a slogan.

Now, when Moses returns and confronts Aaron, listen to what Aaron says to Moses. And I said unto them, Whosoever hath any gold, let them break it off. So they gave it me: then I cast it into the fire, and there came out this calf (Exo 32:24) Aaron has not only completely ignored his role in the whole affair by blaming the people, he lies through his teeth. He says that he throws all the gold that was gathered, into a fire, and out pops, as if by magic, a golden calf. Yet we know from the previous verses that this of course was not so.

And all the people break off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them unto Aaron. And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.(Exo 32:3-4)

You see? He fashioned the idol with a graving tool. He, very particularly created the very god that they had been delivered from, the god that was worshiped by the Egyptians and under whose name they had been enslaved and treated cruelly for hundreds of years. They had fallen back into slavery. When Moses found them they were naked, they had been involved in every kind of sexual sin as they had thrown of all the restraints of a Holy God.

Now, the religious leaders of many of today’s denominations have thrown of all restraints. All over the world we see denominations embrace sexually sinful lifestyles for the same reason that Aaron did. Aaron feared the people. He was not a leader at all, Moses was. He feared that the people would reject him or kill him so he not only gave them what they wanted, he himself crafted the very gods that the people were bowing down to and rising up to play in the name of.

We see that the punishment was severe. Three thousand were killed by the hands of the Levites. Now we know that God could have slain them, He had slain others before who had been involved in rebellion. Yet here, the Levites must decide whom they serve. Undoubtedly they were called to slay those whom they knew, family members, friends and the like. Today, we must decide whom we shall serve. We are certainly not called to kill anyone but we are called to discern with whom we shall fellowship with.

Brothers and sisters do you dwell within an organization that is run by religious leaders who have capitulated to the noisiest and basest of people? Will you partake of their sin? We know from our reading of Scripture that not all the people indulged in this rebellion. In verse 26 Moses calls to the people “Who is on the Lord’s side?” The question for Christendom today is as relevant “Who is on the Lord’s side?” Will you be found standing upon the Lord and His Word or will you be found fallen and naked before the golden calf? The rebellion that we see in the Christian camp today all over the world is as serious if not more serious than what we read in the scriptural account here in Exodus. There comes a time when you must make a stand, you must decide if you will follow the people and what seems right in their eyes or will you follow the Lord and His Word even if it means that you will be despised and rejected by the world. As Moses learned a long time before it is better to ” suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season.” (Heb 11:26)

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The Tragedy of what passes for Church

Posted by appolus on June 15, 2019

Between 1489 and 1561 there lived a dear brother in Christ called Kaspar von Schwenckfeld, he was a nobleman from the German region of Silesia. He neither joined himself to the Catholic church, the Lutheran church nor the Anabaptists. He was a man of great influence not just in his own region but far beyond. At the age of 30 it is said that he was “awakened out of his indifference,” by Martin Luther’s “Wonderful trumpet of God,” and became very influential in the reformation movement in Silesia. Now before very long there was things that he found withinn the reformation that made him greatly uncomfortable, especially in matters surrounding “communion.” Luther and his minions viciously attacked this brother. Despite this, bro Kasper always acknowledged the great debt owed to Luther, this did not stop the attacks and being labeled a heretic. He was a lover of the Word of God and never ceased to read and to study it. He says of the reading of scripture that it was “a brooding over, seeking, boring into; indeed a reading and re-reading of all, chewing, meditating, turning over and thoroughly thinking out everything,for there, undiluted treasure is revealed to the believer, pure pearls, gold and precious stones.” Listen what Broadbent in his book the Pilgrim Church says what happened to Schwenckfeld about eight years after his first revelation……..

“Eight years after his first “visitation” he had a further experience which seemed to him to affect his life even more. Up to this time he had been zealous in proclaiming the Scriptures and Lutheranism; but now what he had intellectually believed turned to an entire persuasion of the heart. He was made aware of his heavenly calling, received an overwhelming assurance of salvation, yielded himself to God as a “living sacrifice.” A deep sense of sin and appreciation of the sufficiency of the redemption wrought for us in Christ, by His death and resurrection, captured his will, transformed his mind and brought him to that obedience in which he found liberty to do the will of God. He also made the discovery that the Scriptures not only give sure guidance as to personal justification and sanctification, but that they also contain definite instruction with regard to the Church.”

Schwenckfeld writes after this “”If we would reform the Church”, he said, “we must make use of the Holy Scriptures and especially of the Acts, where it is clearly to be found how things were in the beginning, what is right and what is wrong, what is praiseworthy and acceptable to God and to the Lord Christ.” He saw that the Church in the time of the Apostles and their immediate successors, was a glorious gathering, not only in one place but in many. He asks where such assemblies are to be found to-day, for, he says, “the Scripture knows no others than those which acknowledge Christ as their Head and willingly yield themselves to be ruled by the Holy Spirit, who adorns them with spiritual gifts and knowledge.” Jesus Himself directs through the spiritual gifts which He dispenses, not only to the whole Church, but also to the separate assemblies. In these assemblies spiritual gifts are manifested for the common good; the same Spirit divides the gifts, but they are manifested in each one of the members. The Spirit has un-trammelled liberty. If one, led by the Spirit, rises, the one already speaking must cease. The churches are not perfect, it is always possible that hypocrites may creep in unobserved, but when detected they must be excluded. Schwenckfeld could not therefore recognize the Reformed religion as a Church, because the great mass of the baptized Christians were without the Spirit of Christ and took the Sacrament without the grace of God. He was willing to receive the help of missionary organizations, if they did not pretend to take the place of churches of Jesus Christ. A National Church is one, he said, that has gone back to the stage reached in the Old Testament. (The Pilgrim Church)

Listen to what Tozer says in the last piece every written by him prior to his death, entitled “The waning authority of Christ in His churches.” “In the conduct of our public worship where is the authority of Christ to be found? The truth is that today the Lord rarely controls a service, and the influence He exerts is very small. We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere; we worship our way, and it must be right because we have always done it that way, as have the other churches in our group.” Is this not the same complaint as our brother who lived four hundred years previously? Schwenckfeld claims that the great mass of the Baptized Christians were without the Spirit of Christ and therefore could not be part of God’s Church. Whitfield, two hundred years later would make the claim that almost none of the ministers knew anything of the new birth. Wilberforce (abolisher of slavery and friend of John Newton) fifty years after that would make a similar claims in his book “True Christianity.” One thing these men had in common was that they were viciously attacked by the pastors and ministers of their day as heretics, these same pastors and ministers knowing fine well if what these men claimed were true, most of them would lose their lofty position in life.

Sad to say brothers and sisters, nothing much has changed in our day, in fact I would argue that the Lord’s influence in our modern day services is even less again than it ever was. The same charges can be made, and the same violent rhetoric would be meted out to whoever has a heart for the Word of God and His instructions to us on how we should gather. Amazing is it not just how much men love the preeminence. It really always comes down to authority. Remember what Satan wanted Jesus to do? He wanted Him to bow down to him. It always comes down to authority. Whether it was the martyrs refusing to bow down to the Roman gods, or the martyrs refusing to bow down to the popes and their bishops and priests. Or even the martyrs who refused to bow down to the reformers authority. Yet in almost every pulpit throughout the world, as Tozer stated, men have robbed God of His authority, they have usurped the Holy Spirit and His instruction in the Word in favor of their own traditions and systems. Some less than others, some more than others, but in the end Jesus Christ must be preeminent in His Church.

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The Remnant hear the call

Posted by appolus on June 4, 2019

“Now I want you to see three paradoxes. To be happily forgiven, and yet wounded with perpetual contrition. To be correct in the finished work of another and yet feel so sympathetic and compassionate as though the burden lay on you heart. And finding God and yet pursuing God, of having Him, yet always wanting Him.” (Tozer)

The above quote describes the Remnant church of God. Who are these Remnant souls? Well, they are those who are genuinely saved and have a hunger and thirst for God Himself. They are scattered to the four winds and the Lord knows who the hungry hearts are. The question is , have you been wounded by Christ? Have you been wounded for Christ? The remnant saint knows the pain of having been wounded at the very core of His heart. Evan Roberts from the Welsh revival used to cry out “Lord, bend me.” The Lord bends His saints. He tries them and He tests them but He never tries and tests the unwilling. The trials and the tests are in response to a heart that longs to be closer and useful to his Lord. The saint is given many glimpses of the glory and the majesty of God. He has a deep longing to be away from this world and to be fully reconciled to the next. Think about the “pain,” of being in love. If you had a child or a husband who went off to war, would not your heart long with the deepest pain, to see your loved one return? Its that kind of longing only its more than that. Its the very seat of our affections.

This love, by virtue of having it, will compel you to walk a lonely path. Most will never understand you. You will see things that those around you do not see. Eze 9:4 “And Jehovah said to him, Go through in the midst of the city, in the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark on the foreheads of the men who are groaning and are mourning because of all the abominations that are done in her midst.”

The people of God that were marked were the remnant. Judgment was coming but the remnant were marked on their foreheads. They groaned and were in mourning for the condition of Jerusalem. Do you groan? Are you in mourning for the state of the church? Does the condition of a sin sick world lay heavy upon your heart? Will you heart be satisfied with anything less than to walk in the presence of the Living God? Have you tasted of the heavenly food and drunk from the waters of life? Has it ruined you for everything? If not, do you desire this kind of longing? Have you left your first love? If you have answered yes to any of these questions then you belong to the Remnant church of God. This church has been known by many names down through the centuries, the Waldenses, Albigenses, Lollards and Hussites and Brethren. Anabaptists and Moravians, the list goes on. God has always had a witness in the land, He has always had His Remnant that would not ”bow the knee to Baal.”

The Remnant man or woman carries their cross. Carrying a cross is a lonely business. Its their very loneliness that compels them to seek an even closer walk with the Lord. The trials of the cross, the narrowness of the path, the desert and wilderness often stretches out before them. There is a lack of fitting in. You often despair at your own walk even although people tell you what a man or woman of God you are. You hear that and it makes you cringe because you know how far you fall short of the God that you have seen high and lifted up. You continually seek Him, you live for the next encounter with Him. You know that it is only a moment but there will come a time when it will be an eternity. You long for everyone to radically encounter the Living God for themselves. You hear people say that they would like your anointing and you wonder. You wonder if they could walk through the refining fires of the living God. Would they really want their whole lives dismantled piece by piece? Would they like to walk through seasons of total despair? Would they like the bread of adversity and the waters of afflictions to be their teachers? God’s Remnant people walk this path.

To encounter God is such a deep and meaningful way is a two edged sword. The deeper you are drawn into the Father’s heart, the less you care for the things of this world. The world has ambition, it awakes them in the morning. The saint of God has no such awakening. His desire is to awake the dawn with the praises of God. The world takes enjoyment in many things as does the people around us, our families our friends, our neighbors. Yet the many pleasures of this world, many of them not in anyway bad in and of themselves, slowly but surely become strangely dim to the remnant saint in the light of the glory and the majesty of their God. The things of this world fall away as our eyes are ever drawn upwards. Our appreciation for His creation grows as we draw ever closer to Him. A mountain or a river or a valley can bring the saint to tears because he or she knows the artist who created such things.

And yet always in the back of the remnant saints mind they know that just as the world hated their Lord and crucified Him, they too will be hated and killed all the day long for His names sake. And just as He arose, they know that they too will arise. As they draw nearer to “the one who was pierced,” and He pours out His Spirit on them and they become more like Him, then the same forces that came against their Jesus, hell and all its fury, will come against them. They know that “unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it abides alone, but if it dies it brings forth much fruit.” The remnant know that they have been marked by the ink-horn of the Lord. The more they love the more they will be hated. There is a mighty culmination to all of this and it draws near. You know that in your spirit isn’t that right dear saint? You do not need me to tell you that, the Holy Spirit already has. You know that the Bridegroom cometh. You know there is a call in your heart to arise, to awake fully to His Kingdom and to become unattached to the things of this world. The wise virgins time is at hand and the time of slumbering is at an end. We have been called to light up the path for His return. That which has been invisible for so long is being called out. The wheat will finally be identified and separated from the tare simply because the time of the harvest is at hand. God is separating and calling His saints out of their ease in Babylon. He is calling the remnant, it is a call to the Remnant to arise and trim their lamps.

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The time of the sword has come

Posted by appolus on June 2, 2019

And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing. Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one. For I say unto you, that this that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.(Luk 22:35-37)

There was a time when the saints had the respect of the people. They went out in two’s and ministered and lacked for nothing. At one point they had even attempted to make Jesus their king. But now, it was all about to change. Jesus was about to fulfill His purpose here on earth. He was about to suffer at the hands of the very crowds that had followed Him around and tried to make Him king. And as a servant is not greater than his Master, then so too would the tide change for the saints. The admonition to buy a sword was not a call to arms obviously, as we later see Peter rebuked for his actions. No, it was a way of getting through to His followers the level of persecution very soon to come, they would indeed be scattered.

I would like to suggest that Christendom in the West is about to experience just such a radical change. What is written of us in Matt 24 and in the book of Revelation must be fulfilled. We will indeed be, as written in Romans 8:36, killed all the day long. We will be counted as so many sheep for the slaughter. Yet we must bear in mind as this unfolds, what is also written in that great chapter, perhaps one of the greatest chapters, that we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

And nothing shall separate us from that love, not tribulation or distress or persecution. Neither shall famine or nakedness or any kind of trial nor sword. Principalities and powers and the devil himself will come against us, most of us will die, some of us will live, but whether we live or die, we shall glorify God. For nothing shall separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus. We will, by the power of the Spirit, endure to the end because we shall count all loss as nothing, preferring rather to be found in Him for we know that in Him lies the very heartbeat of who we are and the very breath of life that sustains us.

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A Secret place

Posted by appolus on June 1, 2019

The Church cannot be a religious theater where paid men perform for the religious amusement of the people who pay them. The Church is an assembly of redeemed people who have been called out and they are called by His own name. Moreover, He is taking out of the world a people for His name, and time waits while grace operates. The Lord says He will call out of the nations a people for His name, and after that, He will return. I am going to believe that. I am not going to let anybody argue me out of that. Then our Lord will come back, and when He comes back again, the big question will be, are we ready for His coming? I do not believe that we are automatically ready. A Bride is now being prepared for our Lord, in a secret place. The idea that there is an automatic legal aspect, that if you have your citizenship in heaven, you are all ready, I do not believe for a second. God is not going to allow His carnal, lustful, money-loving, pleasure-seeking children to go rushing pell-mell, singing gospel boogie, into the presence of the Holy God. Something radical must take place to shake them loose from their carnal appetites (A.W.Tozer)

Tozer was definitely speaking prophetically there. He says something radical must take place to shake the church loose from their carnal appetites, from the hold that the world has upon them, from the presumptuous mindset that tells them that they are ok. God is a Holy God and He is looking for people who will seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. In order to do that we must be blind to the temptations of the world and the distractions that it causes. We must have a singular eternal mindset. The lives that we live must be lived in the context of the eternal Kingdom of God. So what is this radical thing that must take place that shakes the Church loose from the grips of the world? I believe that this radical thing is that the world itself rejects the Church and turns upon all those who refuse to bow down to their gods. There is coming a dividing line and on one side is black and on the other side is white and there is no grey middle ground. This may seem like a judgement to the Church but it is in fact a mercy from Heaven. This refining fire will be God ordained and its purpose will be to make the Bride ready. Tozer says that there is a Bride being prepared “in a secret place.” Amen, I believe that. God has a remnant up and down the land and in almost every church and in every nation. The time is coming soon when they will be called out. A pure spotless Bride called out from among the religious with no walls of denominations or barriers of membership. They belong to Christ Himself. One can only imagine the gross darkness of religious gatherings when the Lord Himself removes His own from among them. The secret place is our hearts and the something radical is persecution……….bro Frank

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Who will stand in that day?

Posted by appolus on May 23, 2019

If they go ahead an impeach President Trump, they have set the bar so low that it will be a fatal blow to this Republic. This once proud country will be reduced to a mere banana republic where political opponents are pursued and imprisoned rather than voted out of office. I might remind the Democrats that almost 50% of the voting public voted for President Trump.

There is a tinderbox situation in the States right now. A country fractured along lines that cannot be repaired. People who want to be allowed to kill babies up to and even after birth, now call those who would like to ban all abortions “extremists.” Imagine, those who are drenched in the blood of the innocents calling those who would save the innocents lives extreme.

I believe the lines have been drawn, the hearts are set and nothing outside of God could ever bring them together. This has all the makings of a civil war. The only difference being that rather than the lower classes rising up and taking on their oppressors , it is the elite that are mobilizing their forces to crush their foes and enforce their agenda.

Now where does that leave genuine Christians? What is your role in all of this? Beware saints. This war of words and political battles are the strongholds of Satan. He desires to embroil every saint to darken their hearts and corrupt their souls. The subject matter is irrelevant to him. It is your heart and your testimony he is after.

We, as a Body, have been called to be a counter-culture, not a sub-culture. We battle not against flesh or blood, but against principalities and against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. This spiritual wickedness knows that it’s time is short. This is why we see hundreds of millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers across the world and our children being corrupted in the classrooms of the world.

The war is coming, the saints and their children are the targets of the darkness. This is the strategy of the wicked one despite it being masterfully cloaked in wars and culture wars. He is building an army to come against the saints in one last push. Think of Hitler and his wars. Yes they were political and the fall out of the first world war, but the real beating heart of Hitler was his maniacal and demonic hatred of the Jewish people.

In that time period, the very atmosphere was charged with pure evil as tens of millions of people were slaughtered all over the world. This blood-lust, this shedding of human blood was like gasoline on the fires of hell and intensified it to a degree never seen in the annals of human history.

Saint, the atmosphere we are now living in is once again being charged. Only this time it is the blood sacrifice, on a scale never even imagined in the times of Moloch, of innocent babes in the womb that is fueling this. There is a time coming soon that will be so evil that it will make the men and woman of this world long for the “quaint times” of the second world war.

The culture of death is all around us no matter where you live in this world. It is an ever growing darkness, gross darkness, and it is enveloping the world. It is so important for the saint to know that there can be no reconciling this. There can be no political victory that can save this world from impending disaster. There comes a time when we have to face up to the reality of the times in which we live.

Thinking we can somehow save the world and ourselves from this darkness is actually part of the darkness. It is the prophetic calendar that determines the outcome of all things. The Lord has given us insight through His Word what will happen in these days. His instructions to us is to put o the whole armor of God so that we may stand in the evil day.

And so that is what we have been called to for such a time as this. To stand. Stand for the truth is the day of lies. Stand for light in the day of darkness. Stand for purity when all around have been given over to a perverse mind. Stand for righteousness when wickedness abounds. Stand upon the Lord and His word when the world has gone after the devil and his lies.

None of this is for the saving of the world. We are the conscience of the world and for what is about to come upon this world , the conscience must be seared. The world will sear its conscience and we as the saints are the physical manifestation of the Lord himself and His word. So brothers and sisters, stand now, in the armor of the Lord and having done all, stand. Many who are called after His name will fall, but you stand. You will lose everything in this world for your stand in the coming days but the Lord Himself is your exceeding great reward.

God bless you my brothers and sisters for what you are about to face in the coming days and years. Stand now and you will stand for all eternity in the presence of the Living God. Fall away now and you will fall into eternal darkness forever separated from the Lord our God. The promises are to him who overcomes, to him who endures to the end.

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The mighty flowing power of God.

Posted by appolus on May 7, 2019

A few years ago I was injured in a car accident. I injured my ulnar nerve. It runs all the way from my little finger and the one beside it, right up my arm into my neck and then into the brain. The surgeon called it the “beast” of all the nerves. It is not good do to awaken this beast. Well mine was truly “woke,” and despite two surgeries or maybe partially because of them, it was determined to punish me for taking it out of its long hibernation.

One of the major problems for recovery is that over time, neural pathways are formed. This enables a portion of my brain to send pain signals down my arm. Over and over again with one of the way stations my elbow, where the nerve had been knocked out of its groove. Once these pain pathways are firmly established, it can go on tormenting you long after it heals because it has established a pattern. Like a covered wagon stuck in deep ruts, the path is determined. Unless you can break away from the ruts, then down comes the signal on its well worn path.

I thought about this the other morning as I was considering my life. My father was an alcoholic, as was my grandfather and undoubtedly one could find the same pattern over and over again looking back back in time and find the journey had always followed the well established deep ruts. One generation after another, going down that well worn path that was laid out for them. Each life being a wagon set on the course that the previous wagons had established. Your life laid out for you from the very moment of birth, being shaped by the same forces that had shaped the parents that had given life to the child.

Not far from my house there is a trail and it runs for many miles, almost forty miles. It follows a creek. This creek, for the most part has very little water flowing through it for the majority of the year. It trickles and meanders in between well worn out banks. Over the centuries the banks have become deep, carved out by the slow moving waters, determined by the lay of the land. It is the topography of the land that determines every twist and turn and with each year and the passage of time the course of this creek is more established. Deeper and more entrenched. The more time that passes, the more established the path becomes.

One day a few years ago after countless days of rain I put my rain gear on and decided to go on my walk despite the heavy rain. As I approached the trail from the elevated road, I looked down and the paved path that was several feet below was engulfed.The water had risen several feet and instead of creek contained between deep banks maybe several feet across, it was now about one hundred feet wide. There had been so much rain and the ground was so saturated that this little creek was up and out of its banks. It was no longer meandering or contained by its long established banks, it was now a raging river plotting the straightest course through a landscape that yielded to its enormous power. Everything without deep roots was simply swept away. Small bridges and structures not anchored on deep foundations, washed away. This would change the course and the direction of this creek, as banks, long established, crumbled and fell away.

For centuries now the church has laid somewhat dormant. There was the enormous flood of the reformation that changed everything. A great beast had been awakened and raged with fury, perhaps with a single nail hammered into it’s door. It took a long time to calm down and the torment of its injury would be felt for many centuries. Yet inevitably the floods receded and although new paths had been formed, new ruts set down in a saturated landscape, the earth began to dry up, and the newly formed ruts were set. The new paths for the creeks and the rivers that were formed, settled into its place and time began to deepen the new pathways that had been formed. Once again the water was contained, shaped by the deepening banks, a new topography, until it was no longer new.

Brothers and sisters can I suggest that we desperately need a flood? A lengthy period of constant rain that saturates a ground that is dry and dusty and weary. Now I believe that there is a flood coming. Nothing creates a flood better than a storm or a series of storms. Violent thunderstorms releases a huge deluge of rain that is unmatched. Sometimes these storms can produce as much rain in a couple of nights than would typically fall in a whole year. There is violent change associated with it. One thing is certain, when the storm is over nothing is the same. Now I want to stop there and emphasize a point lest you misunderstand me. The rains I am talking about is not some scenario where the Lord rends the heavens and comes down and the church is swept up in a beautiful revival. No, it is an actual storm that comes against the saints. Even now it is darkening. Yes it comes with rain, but it also comes with violence. The Body of Christ will be violently shaken and unless one has oil in their vessel, unless one has deep roots in the Lord, unless one is anchored to the foundation which is Christ Himself, that one shall be swept away by this great storm.

Yet the saints of God will rejoice. The established banks that for so long contained the direction of the flow will have crumbled. The power of God flowing through His saints will take a straight path and will devastate the order of things. There has never been a flood like the flood that is coming. There has never been a storm, that produces the flood, like the storm that is coming. It is indeed the storm to end all storms and the enemy, for a time, will prevail against the saints. Many know this Scripture well “When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” This is from Isa 59:19. Now, as some of you may know, there was no punctuation in the Hebrew or Greek, this would come several centuries after Jesus. Now, go back and look at the Scripture I just gave you. Now look at this when I move the comma “When the enemy shall come in, like a flood the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”

Do you see that brothers and sisters? Like a flood God will raise up a standard. The Lord Himself will rend the heavens and pour out life giving water on a dry and thirsty people. Spiritual drought is a judgement from God. Yet when the enemy comes in, and in our day and our age we see him coming in like we have never seen before, God Himself will release a flood of His Holy Spirit the likes of which we have never seen before. In the very midst of the enemy who seems to be prevailing against the Lords people, the Lord shall set before us a great spiritual banquet. We shall eat and drink of Spiritual food and Water. This standard He raises will be like a mighty flag that represents victory. Jesus is that victory. That banner over us will draw all like-minded men and women under it and God’s people shall stand united, ready to be martyred for the cause of Christ. This will be a witness to a dying world and His glory will cover the earth in a mighty flood as the waters cover the sea. Just when all seems lost Christ will redeem His people and those who endure to the end, those who overcome by the power of the Spirit will witness all our enemies being set to flight and finally destroyed. Stand strong brothers and sisters, the God who has delivered, does deliver will still deliver and He shall be glorified in all the earth.

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The noble saint.

Posted by appolus on April 30, 2019

The way of the cross is supernatural and the fruit of this is the joy and peace that is exhibited by those who travel along the deepest valleys and in the shadow of death. The world understands peace and joy when circumstances are correct and pleasant, the world does not understand joy in the midst of trial. The closest the world has come to this is stoicism and I have witnessed much stoicism in Christendom, but stoicism is not joy and peace.

Stoicism is the endurance of pain or hardship without a display of feelings and without complaint. The English might call it the stiff upper lip. Yet the way of the cross is entirely different. It elevates the spirit above the storm. It produces peace and joy and even epiphany. Think of Stephen as he was stoned as an extreme example of moving in the supernatural. He had his vision and cried out that those who stoned him would not be held guilty for their crimes.

Yet no saint can ever say that he is content in every situation unless he has been broken. There is no shortcut to the deep things of God. The man who has known the depths of despair is the man who can know the heights of victory. The woman who has suffered great loss is the woman who knows how to walk in abundance. We who have wept until there are no tears left to weep are the ones who have arisen from the ashes of shattered circumstances and realized that the God of all mercy still reigns on the throne. He is indeed who He says He is.

The lowliest saint who walks the way of the cross is more noble than any nobleman that has graced the pages of our history books. The saints who walks in the way of the cross walks in the shadow of the Almighty and casts the shadow of the almighty on the earth because the Lord Himself dwells within them.This is our calling saints, it always has been. This calling has to be understood in the depths of the saints soul and when it is then that saint is prepared for their own bloody Via Dolorosa.

The Body of Christ is soon to walk this path corporately. What a glorious triumph of the Spirit this will be. Evil shall be overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the Word of our testimonies and the world will witness that the Body of Christ loved not their own lives unto death.

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In the Spirit there is liberty.

Posted by appolus on April 26, 2019

In the Spirit there is liberty, by the letter there’s captivity.

The Holy Spirit laid that on my heart around midnight after reading 2 Cor chapter 3. There are men who stick to the letter of the law, without understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit. So many times I have been grieved when listening to brothers and sisters pray for repentance, typically when looking for revival. This grieving was for a long time confusing to me, what could be wrong with a focus on repentance? The Lord Himself directs many of the churches in Revelation to cry out in repentance, He was looking for them to return to their first love, to focus again on where they had come from and how they had begun. Paul is in anguish with our Galatian brothers and sisters. Right out of the gate he marvels that they are so soon removed from the beauty and simplicity of the Lord and he is so bold as to call it another gospel. Can you imagine opening a letter from one of the most prominent Apostles and this is his charge against you? It does not get any better in the second chapter, Peter and Barnabas are accused of hypocrisy. Then again in the third chapter he continues his boldness and calls them foolish and wants to know who has bewitched them. Not many men I know, or churches today could or would take that kind of criticism on the chin. Pride would rise up and the messenger would be shot down.

So, back to me being grieved. What was it? It was the focus on sin. Time after time, again and again, lifting up sin. This is the letter that kills and brings captivity. When Jesus tells us how to pray He begins with telling us to be anxious for nothing but our prayers and supplications must be framed with thanksgiving. Sin cannot be the focus, Jesus must be lifted up. It is not about not confessing sin, for sin must be repented of, but Jesus must be lifted up. He must be glorified. Our eyes must rise to the heavens and focus on Him. Inward looking self obsessed repenting only highlights ourselves and our sins and brings condemnation and actually empowers sin, there can be no victory in this. This is the ministry of Moses.

Unless Jesus be lifted up, unless the Lord is the primary focus in everything that we do and say, there will be no breakthrough, there will be no rending of the heavens. It is so subtle and it has the look of something spiritual but it is flesh. Moses and the law and the OT all points us towards Jesus, Jesus is the fulfillment of all things. Jesus in Revelations is urging His people to return to the beauty and simplicity that was found in their first love, the Lord Himself. In this there is liberty. Not only liberty, for in the 4th chapter of Revelation John writes “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:………And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.” Can you see what just happened brothers and sisters? Returning to our first love in genuine repentance and simplicity where Jesus is the focus opens a door, which no man can open or shut, only the Holy Spirit, and now we are in the throne room of God Himself, just like the prophet Isaiah. And there the cry goes up, night and day “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty.” In this place we are changed forever brothers and sisters. Think about the boldness that the prophet had after his own encounter. Fire from the altar, fire on our lips, fire in our bones, burning in the glory and the majesty of God and His manifest presence. This is life, this is what we have been called to, this is the ministry of the Holy Spirit. In the Spirit there is liberty, dont you want this brothers and sisters?

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Grievous wolves.

Posted by appolus on April 24, 2019

Php 3:18-19 For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.

It is so important to note that these men Paul talks about are not enemies of Jesus per se, indeed they walk under the banner of Christianity. No, these men are enemies of the cross of Christ. They have no desire to pick up their cross daily, they simply just want to be blessed and live their best lives now. They want to live with position and respect and have the best seats at the table, they love the applause of men. This is why Paul says they mind earthly things. Paul here writes that he spoke often of these men, this was a subject that caused Paul great distress. Consider the politically correct men and woman of our day who despise any correction and would label any correction as heresy and a tearing down of the Body. What would they make of Paul who spoke often of these men? Typically men in power will create an environment whereby all criticism is labeled, the great weapon of our day, as rebellion.

Paul not only spoke often of these men, he wept while speaking of them. Can you imagine the depths of Pauls distress over this that caused him to weep over and over again? We see his same troubled spirit in Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them. Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears. You see, again Paul is weeping over false teachers whom he calls grievous wolves. Strange word is it not to go along with wolf, grievous? It is from the Greek word “barus,” meaning burdensome and the word grave. You see, these wolves were coming in to lay burdens on the freed men and women of Christ which would lead to death. Theirs would be a ministry of condemnation. They spy out the freedom of the liberated saint and they hate it. The Jewish priest, the Sadducee and the Pharisee would be replaced by another class of priest . They would set up their own hierarchical priesthood and men would have to bow to them. What a tragedy, no wonder the Apostle wept.

Today we have, in every corner of Christendom, the hierarchies of men. How far we have fallen from the book of Acts. Whether it is the Roman church or the Protestant denominations, we see these grievous systems of men which have suppressed the Royal priesthood. We see also in so many non denominational churches the one man system which usurps the Royal Priesthood. The enemy of our souls has spent most of his time promoting and abetting the grievous wolves over the centuries. They are, and always will be the enemies of the cross of Christ. For the cross denotes death to self, and the systems of man is the promotion of self. The cross denotes deep humility and the systems of men promotes pride and arrogance. The cross denotes forgiveness and love for your enemies and the systems of men seek out and destroy those whom they consider their enemies. I am so glad for the Word of God, for it is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. It never changes and is the foundation of all truth and the North star to those who are mere sojourners and pilgrims traveling through this dark world on our way home.

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What good is a lighthouse without a light?

Posted by appolus on April 18, 2019

Dan 7:25  And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Saints, we are living in these times. No matter which way you turn in this world today, say the wrong thing and it can mean you job, your reputation and your place in society. The young Australian rugby player who was recently dismissed because he quoted a scripture that dared to challenge the great golden calf of our day, homosexuality, is a good example. Not just homosexuality, but transgenderism and other forms of mental illness. I would love to tell you that things are going to get better but they are not. As Daniel says above, the powers that be are changing the times and the laws and the saints indeed are being worn down by this. Daniel also says that we shall we shall be given over to this for a time. Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. You see there that John in the book of Revelation is confirming what Daniel wrote. Given that truth saints, it is vital that we stand firm.

Daniel speaks of a time when the saints will be worn down. I believe the process of the saints being worn down has already begun. Times have been changed and wrong has become right and truth, at best, is relative. This is wearing the saints out as they struggle to come to terms with these fast changing circumstances. There has been a blitzkrieg so to speak in the realms of the spirit. Compromise and unrighteousness has surrounded the saints. We are an obstacle that at some point will have to be removed if the enemy is to have total dominance. More laws will be changed and we will witness more compromise by Christendom

These are the days where it is vital that we find our strength in Jesus. We must press into Him, we must abide under the shadow of the almighty. It is time to be unashamed of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Yes you will lose friends, even Christian friends. Co-workers and family will find you unacceptable as they are drawn ever deeper into the sea of compromise and corruption. But listen brothers and sisters, if we lose our saltiness, then what good are we? If we allow the light that is in us to become dim and we cover it, then what is our purpose on earth? If the light in the lighthouse is turned of then what good is the lighthouse? It would be a structure without a purpose and countless people would drown in the storm as they are crushed upon the rocks.

It is life itself to know the King of Kings who sits upon the throne and the train of His robe fills the temple. He also is the Shepherd who takes us in His arms and carries us when we are wearied. He never sleeps and is never wearied and I love Him. And when I wait on Him I can find the strength to run and the weariness is left below as I am caught up in the updrafts of His presence and I am carried up into His arms. Wait upon Him saints , we shall find our strength in Him. Do not be tempted to remain silent, speak the truth in love. The whole world is headed directly onto the rocks and its only hope is the light in the lighthouses. We are that light and now more than ever we must allow that light to shine forth into a dark world being consumed in a storm of confusion and rebellion.

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Israel Folau we stand with you brother

Posted by appolus on April 16, 2019

The inability of Brian Houston, the leader of Hillsong to defend the young rugby player in Australia who was fired and career ruined because he quoted a scripture to a lesbian woman who asked what would happen to her when she died is indicative of what we are seeing nowadays from so-called Christian leaders.

We will see this more and more while men are afraid of the world and seek to protect their own kingdoms. In many ways this is the Lord shining His light, separating those who are willing to stand in the evil day. It is when the storm comes that we can figure out which house has the foundation and which does not. The Lord says when the storm comes and beats upon the houses, come the morning only one will be left standing. Our foundation that we stand upon is Truth.

Jesus is the way the Truth and the life. Each of these aspects of Jesus make the whole and His saints are composed of all three. If a person does not love the Truth,that person will run when it is challenged and he is challenged in the process. If a hireling is confronted by a wolf, he flees because the sheep are not his, it’s the same principle. Inside every genuine saint is a love of the Truth, it burns like a fire in his bones. He will suffer the loss of all things for its sake, even his life. This is the measure of the saints down through the ages.

Our problem is that we have been living in a day and age of lukewarmness and shallow faith that has never truly been challenged to any great degree, especially in the west. Consider the first couple of hundred years of our faith. Coming to Jesus could very well have meant not only your own death but the death of all of your family. And yet they came, and yet they stood and yet they died. And we have men who cannot even answer the most basic questions of the faith less they lose their jobs or their reputations, and not just any men, leaders, so-called, of the sheep. With much responsibility comes much accountability.

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Passing through the waters and walking through walls of fire.

Posted by appolus on March 27, 2019

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

The presence of God changes everything; it ruins us for this world brothers and sisters. It drives us deeper into the Father’s arms, it drives us deeper into the word of God, and it causes us to walk in holiness and to walk the narrow path. In the presence of God we can shout and rejoice even in the midst of great tribulation, this is the test of the presence of God and of those who walk in the Spirit and not the flesh.I believe that the Kingdom of God is our true reality which exists outside of time and space. We uniquely walk in both worlds, our spirit in the world of the Spirit and our flesh in this world. Each world has a draw. Since in this body we are dominated by the five senses, it has a tremendous ability to distract us make demands upon we men and women of the Spirit. Resist this world with its demands and distractions and we are drawn further into the Kingdom of God which was and is and is to come, meaning it exists in the now.

Indeed, we are always called to look away from this world and come away with the Lord to walk with Him, not according to the flesh, this world, but according to the Spirit, His Kingdom. It is from this place that we posses all victory and all the promises. Only from there can we sing the praises of Jesus despite being in a dungeon. Emptying ourselves of all worldly ambition and desires we are making room to be filled. Surrender, emptying, obedience are all stepping-stones that allow us to cross over the river Jordan and enter into His promised land to us, His rest, His Kingdom. The great saints down though the ages understood this well. They left the world behind and with eyes that could see the glory of God walked on into the glory, a place of no condemnation and a place of great purpose, the Kingdom of God.

Can I suggest to you that those who genuinely seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness are not driven from God by circumstances but are actually propelled deeper into His arms when trouble comes. They experience Him and all His beauty and majesty all the more deeply. Surely nothing can separate us from the love of the Lord? What a magnificent plan and majestic wisdom that causes the trials and the tribulations of this life to drive us deeper into the heart of God. It confounds the enemy of our souls. It is paradoxical to this world and to the flesh. The flesh cries out, the spirit bows down. The flesh demands attention and satisfaction, the spirit says not my will but thine be done. Those who are ruled by their flesh are taken up with the things of the flesh but those who seek out first and foremost the Kingdom of God mind the things of the Spirit. One is life, the other is death. One rejoices in all things, the other can only rejoice in the good things. One has a spirit of bondage to fear and anxiety and the other has the spirit of adoption whereby we can cry out to our Father in heaven and discover that no matter what our circumstances are, His grace is more than sufficient for us. Those after the Spirit revel in His grace, those who walk according to the flesh are taken captive by fear and can only find relief in alleviation from their circumstances.

What kind of saint do you desire to be this day brothers and sisters? In order to walk in the Spirit we must pass through walls of fire and bodies of water. Yet the Lord says in His word that He would be with us when we pass through the waters and when we walk through the walls of fire. Come brothers and sisters, let us enter into His Kingdom by way of entering into His sufferings, they will not destroy us, they will refine us. Isa 43:2  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

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The way of the remnant

Posted by appolus on March 25, 2019

Philippians 3:7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.

The way of the remnant.

How many times was the Lord rejected? How many times was He ridiculed and scorned? How grievous the journey knowing the end? How savage the battle in the garden? How savage the treatment at the hands of Romans? How cruel the desertion of all of his friends, including his best and dearest? How indescribable the drinking of the cup? Yet even in the midst of one of the cruelest deaths known to man, He ministers. How deep the love that cries “forgive them Father?” How dead to the flesh a man must be to cry “hold not this charge against them.” How transformed must the flesh be that has a vision in the depths of being stoned by his countrymen? And brother Stephen was taken home loving those who bore the stones.

Would I respond in kind in the same situation? I pray that I would, I pray that every trial and tribulation I now suffer is a mile run by one who trains for a marathon. Can I see my trials as blessings? Can I walk counter to modern Christendom and count my trials as I count my blessings? Could I sing “Count my trials name them one by one, count my trials see what God has done, count my trials, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done” This is the deeper life brothers and sisters. This is the counter-culture. This is the way of the remnant.
This is the narrow path. This is counter to the way of modern Christianity. Shall we look to stay on this path? Shall we arrive at such a place as to rejoice in our sufferings? How can a man rejoice in his sufferings? Well, a man cannot, only a saint empowered by the Holy Spirit can.

There is no key or magic wand or instructions on how to rejoice in the depths of suffering. There is only encounter, there is only desire, there is only that thirst spoken of by David when he spoke of the deer that panteth after the waterbrooks. Make no mistake brothers and sisters, this place, this walk of the saints, this place of peace that surpasses all understanding is born out of fire. We have to encounter the Lord Jesus in the depths of the fiery furnace. We have to encounter Him when He reveals to us by His loving Spirit exactly who we are. Is there another way? No. It’s the narrow path, it’s the taking up of the cross, it’s the decision made in the garden of Gethsemane and even that is not it, there is still the death, even the death of the cross. Many men will die for the cause, but how many are willing to die for the cross?

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The last words of Tozer-a dangerous read.

Posted by appolus on March 20, 2019

THE WANING AUTHORITY OF CHRIST IN THE CHURCHES

HERE IS THE BURDEN of my heart; and while I claim for myself no special inspiration I yet feel that this is also the burden of the Spirit.

If I know my own heart it is love alone that moves me to write this. What I write here is not the sour ferment of a mind agitated by contentions with my fellow Christians. There have been no such contentions. I have not been abused, mistreated or attacked by anyone. Nor have these observations grown out of any unpleasant experiences that I have had in my association with others. My relations with my own church as well as with Christians of other denominations have been friendly, courteous and pleasant. My grief is simply the result of a condition which I believe to be almost universally prevalent among the churches.

I think also that I should acknowledge that I am myself very much involved in the situation I here deplore. As Ezra in his mighty prayer of intercession included himself among the wrongdoers, so do I. “0 my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.” Any hard word spoken here against others must in simple honesty return upon my own head. I too have been guilty. This is written with the hope that we all may turn unto the Lord our God and sin no more against Him.

Let me state the cause of my burden. It is this: Jesus Christ has today almost no authority at all among the groups that call themselves by His name. By these I mean not the Roman Catholics nor the liberals, nor the various quasi-Christian cults. I do mean Protestant churches generally, and I include those that protest the loudest that they are in spiritual descent from our Lord and His apostles, namely, the evangelicals.

It is a basic doctrine of the New Testament that after His resurrection the Man Jesus was declared by God to be both Lord and Christ, and that He was invested by the Father with absolute Lordship over the church which is His Body. All authority is His in heaven and in earth. In His own proper time He will exert it to the full, but during this period in history He allows this authority to be challenged or ignored. And just now it is being challenged by the world and ignored by the church.

The present position of Christ in the gospel churches may be likened to that of a king in a limited, constitutional monarchy. The king (sometimes depersonalized by the term “the Crown”) is in such a country no more than a traditional rallying point, a pleasant symbol of unity and loyalty much like a flag or a national anthem. He is lauded, feted and supported, but his real authority is small. Nominally he is head over all, but in every crisis someone else makes the decisions. On formal occasions he appears in his royal attire to deliver the tame, colorless speech put into his mouth by the real rulers of the country. The whole thing may be no more than good-natured make-believe, but it is rooted in antiquity, it is a lot of fun and no one wants to give it up.

Among the gospel churches Christ is now in fact little more than a beloved symbol. “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name” is the church’s national anthem and the cross is her official flag, but in the week-by-week services of the church and the day-by-day conduct of her members someone else, not Christ, makes the decisions. Under proper circumstances Christ is allowed to say “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden” or “Let not your heart be troubled,” but when the speech is finished someone else takes over. Those in actual authority decide the moral standards of the church, as well as all objectives and all methods employed to achieve them. Because of long and meticulous organization it is now possible for the youngest pastor just out of seminary to have more actual authority in a church than Jesus Christ has.

Not only does Christ have little or no authority; His influence also is becoming less and less. I would not say that He has none, only that it is small and diminishing. A fair parallel would be the influence of Abraham Lincoln over the American people. Honest Abe is still the idol of the country. The likeness of his kind, rugged face, so homely that it is beautiful, appears everywhere. It is easy to grow misty-eyed over him. Children are brought up on stories of his love, his honesty and his humility.

But after we have gotten control over our tender emotions what have we left? No more than a good example which, as it recedes into the past, becomes more and more unreal and exercises less and less real influence. Every scoundrel is ready to wrap Lincoln’s long black coat around him. In the cold light of political facts in the United States the constant appeal to Lincoln by the politicians is a cynical joke.

The Lordship of Jesus is not quite forgotten among Christians, but it has been relegated to the hymnal where all responsibility toward it may be comfortably discharged in a glow of pleasant religious emotion. Or if it is taught as a theory in the classroom it is rarely applied to practical living. The idea that the Man Christ Jesus has absolute and final authority over the whole church and over all of its members in every detail of their lives is simply not now accepted as true by the rank and file of evangelical Christians.

What we do is this: We accept the Christianity of our group as being identical with that of Christ and His apostles. The beliefs, the practices, the ethics, the activities of our group are equated with the Christianity of the New Testament. Whatever the group thinks or says or does is scriptural, no questions asked. It is assumed that all our Lord expects of us is that we busy ourselves with the activities of the group. In so doing we are keeping the commandments of Christ.

To avoid the hard necessity of either obeying or rejecting the plain instructions of our Lord in the New Testament we take refuge in a liberal interpretation of them. Casuistry is not the possession of Roman Catholic theologians alone. We evangelicals also know how to avoid the sharp point of obedience by means of fine and intricate explanations. These are tailor-made for the flesh. They excuse disobedience, comfort carnality and make the words of Christ of none effect. And the essence of it all is that Christ simply could not have meant what He said. His teachings are accepted even theoretically only after they have been weakened by interpretation.

Yet Christ is consulted by increasing numbers of persons with “problems” and sought after by those who long for peace of mind. He is widely recommended as a kind of spiritual psychiatrist with remarkable powers to straighten people out. He is able to deliver them from their guilt complexes and to help them to avoid serious psychic traumas by making a smooth and easy adjustment to society and to their own ids. Of course this strange Christ has no relation whatever to the Christ of the New Testament. The true Christ is also Lord, but this accommodating Christ is little more than the servant of the people.

But I suppose I should offer some concrete proof to support my charge that Christ has little or no authority today among the churches. Well, let me put a few questions and let the answers be the evidence.

What church board consults our Lord’s words to decide matters under discussion? Let anyone reading this who has had experience on a church board try to recall the times or time when any board member read from the Scriptures to make a point, or when any chairman suggested that the brethren should see what instructions the Lord had for them on a particular question. Board meetings are habitually opened with a formal prayer or “a season of prayer”; after that the Head of the Church is respectfully silent while the real rulers take over. Let anyone who denies this bring forth evidence to refute it. I for one will be glad to hear it.

What Sunday school committee goes to the Word for directions? Do not the members invariably assume that they already know what they are supposed to do and that their only problem is to find effective means to get it done? Plans, rules, “operations” and new methodological techniques absorb all their time and attention. The prayer before the meeting is for divine help to carry out their plans. Apparently the idea that the Lord might have some instructions for them never so much as enters their heads.

Who remembers when a conference chairman brought his Bible to the table with him for the purpose of using it? Minutes, regulations, rules of order, yes. The sacred commandments of the Lord, no. An absolute dichotomy exists between the devotional period and the business session. The first has no relation to the second.

What foreign mission board actually seeks to follow the guidance of the Lord as provided by His Word and His Spirit? They all think they do, but what they do in fact is to assume the scripturalness of their ends and then ask for help to find ways to achieve them. They may pray all night for God to give success to their enterprises, but Christ is desired as their helper, not as their Lord. Human means are devised to achieve ends assumed to be divine. These harden into policy, and thereafter the Lord doesn’t even have a vote.

In the conduct of our public worship where is the authority of Christ to be found? The truth is that today the Lord rarely controls a service, and the influence He exerts is very small. We sing of Him and preach about Him, but He must not interfere; we worship our way, and it must be right because we have always done it that way, as have the other churches in our group.

What Christian when faced with a moral problem goes straight to the Sermon on the Mount or other New Testament Scripture for the authoritative answer? Who lets the words of Christ be final on giving, birth control, the bringing up of a family, personal habits, tithing, entertainment, buying, selling and other such important matters?

What theological school, from the lowly Bible institute up, could continue to operate if it were to make Christ Lord of its every policy? There may be some, and I hope there are, but I believe I am right when I say that most such “schools” to stay in business are forced to adopt procedures which find no justification in the Bible they profess to teach. So we have this strange anomaly: the authority of Christ is ignored in order to maintain a school to teach among other things the authority of Christ.

The causes back of the decline in our Lord’s authority are many. I name only two.

One is the power of custom, precedent and tradition within the older religious groups. These like gravitation affect every particle of religious practice within the group, exerting a steady and constant pressure in one direction. Of course that direction is toward conformity to the status quo. Not Christ but custom is lord in this situation. And the same thing has passed over (possibly to a slightly lesser degree) into the other groups such as the full gospel tabernacles, the holiness churches, the pentecostal and fundamental churches and the many independent and undenominational churches found everywhere throughout the North American continent.

The second cause is the revival of intellectualism among the evangelicals. This, if I sense the situation correctly, is not so much a thirst for learning as a desire for a reputation of being learned. Because of it good men who ought to know better are being put in the position of collaborating with the enemy. I’ll explain.

Our evangelical faith (which I believe to be the true faith of Christ and His apostles) is being attacked these days from many different directions. In the Western world the enemy has forsworn violence. He comes against us no more with sword and fagot [a bundle of sticks used as a torch]; he now comes smiling, bearing gifts. He raises his eyes to heaven and swears that he too believes in the faith of our fathers, but his real purpose is to destroy that faith, or at least to modify it to such an extent that it is no longer the supernatural thing it once was. He comes in the name of philosophy or psychology or anthropology, and with sweet reasonableness urges us to rethink our historic position, to be less rigid, more tolerant, more broadly understanding.

He speaks in the sacred jargon of the schools, and many of our half-educated evangelicals run to fawn on him. He tosses academic degrees to the scrambling sons of the prophets as Rockefeller used to toss dimes to the children of the peasants. The evangelicals who, with some justification, have been accused of lacking true scholarship, now grab for these status symbols with shining eyes, and when they get them they are scarcely able to believe their eyes. They walk about in a kind of ecstatic unbelief, much as the soloist of the neighborhood church choir might were she to be invited to sing at La Scala.

For the true Christian the one supreme test for the present soundness and ultimate worth of everything religious must be the place our Lord occupies in it. Is He Lord or symbol? Is He in charge of the project or merely one of the crew? Does He decide things or only help to carry out the plans of others? All religious activities, from the simplest act of an individual Christian to the ponderous and expensive operations of a whole denomination, may be proved by the answer to the question, Is Jesus Christ Lord in this act? Whether our works prove to be wood, hay and stubble or gold and silver and precious stones in that great day will depend upon the right answer to that question.

What, then, are we to do? Each one of us must decide, and there are at least three possible choices. One is to rise up in shocked indignation and accuse me of irresponsible reporting. Another is to nod general agreement with what is written here but take comfort in the fact that there are exceptions and we are among the exceptions. The other is to go down in meek humility and confess that we have grieved the Spirit and dishonored our Lord in failing to give Him the place His Father has given Him as Head and Lord of the Church.

Either the first or the second will but confirm the wrong. The third if carried out to its conclusion can remove the curse. The decision lies with us.

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A fire by night

Posted by appolus on March 17, 2019

The first chapter of Deuteronomy is one of the most tragic chapters in the Old Testament. We see in this chapter a people redeemed from the world by the mighty arm of God. He has supernaturally led them out of Egypt and opened the very sea before them and destroyed the mightiest army in the world on their behalf. He has fed them with food from heaven, He has caused water to flow from rock to quench their thirst and He has led them directly Himself by the Holy Spirit in the form of a cloud by day and a fire by night. That fire and cloud has led them to the promised land and now God has told them to cross over and go in and possess the land. Here comes the tragedy and it mirrors the tragedy that we are living out today. They ignore the voice of God, they ignore the direction of the fire and the cloud and they form a delegation of twelve. It was not good enough that God Himself had commanded them to go in and possess the land, they now want the opinion of men. Moses, tragically, goes along with this. He picks a representative from each of the tribes of Israel and sends in twelve spies. They majority come back with a fearful report. They tell the people about how fearful the land is and how it is full of giants. So, they decide to ignore the direction of the Holy Spirit and the very word of God and follow the word and the direction of men. Only a remnant, a minority of the twelve believe and trust God and want to go in and possess the Land. Two of them to be precise. Joshua and Caleb. Now, out of that whole generation, including Moses, only two would enter into the promised land.

Today, for the most part, Christendom follows the advice and the direction of men, like the ten fearful spies. We have abandoned the fire by night and the cloud by day. We have ceased to heed Gods word and we directly violate it choosing rather to follow the traditions and directions of men. Now what happened to that generation that rejected the Word of God and the direction of the Holy Spirit in Deuteronomy chapter one? Rather than being led into the promised land by the fire and the cloud of God, they were led into the wilderness by fearful men who had allowed their fears to usurp the preeminence of God in their midst. Can I say that this is exactly the position we find ourselves in today? Christendom, for the most part, languishes in the wilderness and is led of men and not the Holy Spirit. Yet, just as in those days, God has a witness. He has a remnant of Joshua’s and Caleb’s who at some point, will lead God’s people in the last great war to possess the things that God has promised. In the latter days of this world, rather than possessing land the remnant saints will be led by the fire by night and the cloud by day into a place that the Lord has prepared for us. He will lead us to a place where we shall stand against the powers of darkness. He will lead us as a light that will shine brightly in the midst of gross darkness. He will lead His army against the giants of the principalities and powers. This mighty army will march upon its knees illuminated and guided by the fire of the Holy Spirit. This army, who loved not their lives unto death, covered by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony will be victorious over all the powers of hell and darkness and Christ will come in the very midst of it all and destroy all His enemies and rule and reign forever.

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Men and woman of valour, the trumpet is blowing.

Posted by appolus on March 15, 2019

Jdg 6:13 Oh my Lord, if the Lord is with us, then why has all this happened to us? And where are all the miracles which our Fathers told us about saying,”Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?” But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

There are so many saints today who could identify with Gideon. Does it not seem to you that we are surrounded by darkness on every side? Maybe it’s been a long time since you have experienced the presence of God ? Have you ever said in your own heart, just what Gideon said “Where are all the miracles?” Maybe it’s been a long time since you have seen a loved one or anyone for that matter, saved and radically regenerated? After Gideon gets through with his complaints to God, the Lord speaks to him and says “Go in the might of yours and you shall save Israel…….have I not sent you?” (v 14) You see how God refuses to take on board what Gideon has just complained about and again affirms His calling on Gideon’s life? Saints, take heart at this for God has called you. listen to how Gideon replies and see if this reflects your own heart. “How can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manassah and I am the least in my father’s house.” (v15) To which the Lord replies “Surely I will be with you.”

Can you see how the Lord picked the weakest man from the weakest clan? It’s not about the man brothers and sisters, it’s about the God that goes with the man. If God is with us, who can be against us? This truly represents the Remnant believers today. We are the weakest men and women. The reply that Gideon gave to God is the right reply in the right spirit. Without God we are nothing and can do nothing, but by the same token, when God is with us, and He says to Gideon “Surely I will be with you,’ then there is nothing we cannot do. This is the spirit of the genuine saints of God today. They acknowledge their own weaknesses.They have experienced failure and they know what it is like to feel abandoned, this has been a journey and it ends with them knowing their utter helplessness without God being with them.

Yet brothers and sisters I want you to see something. This is the very first thing the Lord says to Gideon in verse 12 “And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.” You see that? God sees what Gideon does not. God sees the beginning from the end. He calls Gideon a mighty man of valour even although at this moment he is no such thing. It is not about Gideon’s strength, it is not about your strength, it is about the fact that God is with you and in you. You can do great things for God not because of who you are but because of who He is. I want you to remember who you serve this day. No matter what situation you face today, the God who created the whole universe and set the foundations of the earth and hung the stars in the heavens above is with you. For His will and for His good pleasure God has been working on you and He is faithful to complete that what He has started. God is raising up an end time Gideon’s army and filling its ranks with the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. Genuine saint, you are a man of valour, you are a woman of valour. What qualifies you to be counted in these ranks? God is with you.

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Upon the potters wheel.

Posted by appolus on March 4, 2019

Jer 18:2-4 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Will you arise and go down to the Potters house? Will you come to the Father and place yourself in His hand? Will you allow yourself to be marred and to be ruined for this world? Can you abandon yourself to His wheel and allow Him to create in you what He will? He will not compel you . He bids you come to Him with the fullness of your life, holding nothing back and allow Him to mar you, to ruin you. Will you step forward and open up your heart and allow the King of Glory to come in all of His fullness?

We come to the Lord as pieces of clay drawn from the earth. He takes us and He rearranges us. Who we once were is crushed and broken and reshaped on the potter’s wheel. Upon the potter’s wheel we are the clay. We are in His hands and there is a process. How wild it is that we, the clay, would ever question the potter? Every part of who we are as genuine saints is shaped and molded by the potter and it is all in His hands. The steps of our lives are ordered of God. We are His. Do you think saint that this fiery trial that you are going through is out-with the bounds of the potter’s wheel ? It is not. So if you are tempted this day to question the Lord about the circumstances of your life, know that every part of your life has purpose.

It is never pleasant to be thrown down upon the wheel, to be taken in His hand and crushed, to be pounded and molded into something entirely new and useful for the potters own purpose. And even then we have to consider that the firing is yet to come. The furnace into which we are placed that hardens us and makes us strong. Yet those who yield to the potters hand is in the end shaped into something marvelous. I want to encourage you today saint. There is purpose in your suffering. You are being shaped into a vessel entirely useful to your Lord.

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Fields of Glory

Posted by appolus on March 3, 2019

Latest collaboration between myself and Aileen Gilchrist. I wrote this song based on a vision I had many years ago of what worship looked like in heaven.

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