A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
A Sanctuary for Saints and Sinners in Need of a Saviour. Luke 18:9-14
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The ASUZA PAPERS says the following;
“The Pentecostal Baptism Restored - The Promised Latter Rain Now Being Poured out on God’s Humble People. All along the ages men have been preaching a partial Gospel. A part of the Gospel remained when the world went into the dark ages. God has from time to time raised up men to bring back the truth to the church.”
This is what we are doing today in church, and will do tomorrow, and the next day, we’re bringing back the truth to the church about the baptism of the Holy Spirit that’s available to Christians. The part of the gospel what went into the ‘dark ages’, referred to above, was the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
We are living in a time like never before, that the need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire with the evidence of speaking in tongues, should be the #1 priority of all Christians. The god of this world, Satan, is working through the sons of disobedience, (unbelievers), to spread lies about this pandemic in order to make the public become dependent on doctors and medicine for their healing and ultimately make idols of them and become dependent on them. It’s sad to see that many Christians have bowed their knee to this idol instead of seeking God for healing that is found in the Holy Bible scriptures.
When a Christian is sick, they are to follow what the Bible says in James 5:13-16; “13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 [a]Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, [b]fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
The problem today in most churches, is that if you were to call the elders of the Church, they would send you to the doctor instead of praying the prayer of faith, or if they prayed for you, it would be one of those, “if it be your will Jesus to heal prayers”, that doesn't avail any healing and sow seeds of fear, doubt and unbelief into the hearts of those who are sick. If a Christian does not have any elders that would pray the prayer of faith, then they themselves should seek God for healing and pray the prayer of faith.
Charles Fox Parham, one of the pioneers of the Azusa revivals, prayed the prayer of faith upon himself as a teenager and was instantly healed of a crippling disease.
“God laid His hand on a little crippled boy seven years of age and healed him of disease and made him whole except his ankles. He walked on the sides of his ankles. Then, when he was fourteen years of age, he had been sent to college and God had called him to preach. One day as he was sitting reading his Bible, a man came for him to go and hold a meeting. He began to say to the Lord: "Father, if I go to that place, it will be necessary for me to walk here and yonder, just put strength into these ankle joints of mine." And immediately he was made whole and leapedand praised God, like the man at the beautiful gate. He has since been in evangelistic work over the United States, seeing multitudes saved, sanctified and healed.”
Romans 10:17 says; “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
A good example of someone’s faith healing them is found in blind Bartimaeus. Mark 10:46-52; “46 Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. 47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” 48 Then many warned him to be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” 49 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be called. Then they called the blind man, saying to him, “Be of good cheer. Rise, He is calling you.” 50 And throwing aside his garment, he rose and came to Jesus. 51 So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, [a]“Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” 52 Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has [b]made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
By faith, this blind man made such a commotion to get Jesus to heal him, that those around him were telling him to be quiet, and like today, many voices are telling those who have faith to be healed to be quiet, and tell you, ‘if it’s the Lords will, He will heal you’. But the problem with that, is that we already know that it’s God’s will to heal everyone and especially those who by faith make their needs known to Him.
Acts 10:38 states; “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
The same can be said of Christians who ask for the same baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire that the disciples received on the day of Pentecost.
In Luke 11:9-13, Jesus says; “9 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for [a]bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
John the Baptist prophesied about the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be given to the disciples in Mark 1:6-8; “6 Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8 I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus also prophesied about it in Acts 1:7-9; “7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be [a]witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The power that Jesus is speaking of is signs, wonders and miracles being done in His name, but the only difference now is that Jesus will not be with them in flesh, but rather the Holy Spirit whom He would send will perform these signs, wonders and miracles thru them.
Jesus says in Mark 16:17-18 in the great commission; “17 And these signs will follow those who [a]believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they[b] will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
A good example of this can be seen operating in Paul the Apostle, who performed unusual miracles with the use of aprons and handkerchiefs that had touched his body and were sent to the sick and they were healed.
We read this in Acts 19:11-12; “11 Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them.”
ASUZA PAPERS says the following;
“A brother living in the east had been down sick for quite a while and sent a handkerchief to be blessed as in Bible times. His sister brought it to the Mission, praying for the Lord to show her to whom she was to give it, and the Lord showed her to give it to Sister Sallie Trainor. She immediately took it upstairs and as she knelt before the Lord, the Spirit came upon her in great power and she prayed in tongues, and kissed the handkerchief three times, as the Spirit seemed to lead her. It was sent with a prayer and the brother was immediately healed.”
God used this unusual way to heal the sick thru Paul and thru Sister Sallie, so what’s to stop Him from doing the same today? Well, I can think of a number of hindrances, but what stands out the most is Christians that have rejected the promise of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, in exchange for a nominal Christian life that is void of the demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit. And on top of this, they will go out of their way to speak evil of, criticize or investigate those who claim to have received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
ASUZA PAPERS says;
“When Rev. Evans and his wife and Sister Florence Crawford went to the city of Oakland preaching the full Gospel, I went the first night, not to criticize but to investigate. Many preachers were there to criticize, but when I stepped in, I felt the power of God and could not say that it was the work of the devil, as most of the preachers declared, for I was practically convinced that it was the work of the Holy Ghost. I went home and began to study my Bible, and went to God in prayer to reveal to me if these people were really the people of God. He revealed to me in the attitude of my supplication that they were preaching exactly what the disciples of old preached. I was convinced that every minister of the Gospel should receive the same baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire that the disciples received on the day of Pentecost, before they are prepared to preach the Gospel. I was teaching that when we receive sanctification, we receive the Holy Ghost, as most of the preachers are teaching. But as I went to my Bible with the spirit of prayer, God revealed to me that the disciples were justified before Christ ascended; but they never were baptized with the Holy Ghost until the day of Pentecost.”
It’s time to stop believing the lies that the devil has sown into the Church that has made it nominal, without the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, and void of Holy Ghost power. This reminds me of the story found in Acts 10, where Peter, who was bound in tradition that kept him separate from fellowship with Gentile believers until God baptized them in the Holy Spirit at the house of Cornelius, and they spoke in other tongues, which was what convinced Peter that God was no respecter of persons, but the same Holy Spirit that was given to them on the Day of Pentecost, was given to Gentile believers also. It took a demonstration of speaking in tongues to convince Peter that Christian Jews and Gentile Christians are on the same page in God’s eyes.
Let’s continue with the conclusion of this testimony Reverend Evans.
“The second day that I went to the meeting, the Lord put a real hunger in my soul to go forward, but I was too proud as a minister of the Gospel to humble myself in a lowly mission and let ladies pray over me for the gift of the Holy Ghost, and I had in my mind what people would think of me. But the third day, as I arose to testify in the audience, the only words I could say were: "What does God think of me?" Then I could only weep for some minutes and the power of God came upon me until I dropped to the floor. I was under the power of God for about an hour and a half, and it was there that all pride, and self, and conceit disappeared, and I was really dead to the world, for I had Christ within in His fullness. I was baptized with the Holy Ghost and spoke in a new tongue. I praise God for the light, and now I am walking in it. The desire of my heart is to see every man and woman that preaches the Gospel of Christ, baptized with the Holy Ghost, for without the Holy Ghost it is almost impossible for us to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and the judgment.”
Another good example that speaking in tongues is the evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit, can be found in Acts 8:14-18; “14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 18 And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money.”
What did Simon see? Was it cloven tongues of fire on them? Or was it possibly what he heard? It doesn’t say what he saw to be the evidence, but you can only conclude that it was what he heard, and like all other scriptures that reference the baptism of the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues was the evidence.
In Luke 15:11-32, Jesus gives this parable of the lost son; “11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So, he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with [a]prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the [b]pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’ 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, [c]‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. 25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ 31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”
The ASUZA PAPERS relates the following story about the prodigal son;
“Yes, the elder brother is angry and will not come in to the feast. He sits on the fence and finds fault, saying that the "new tongues" and other gifts that Father is handing out to His children are of the devil. He says, "It is spiritualism, hypnotism, and the rankest kind of fanaticism." Father has gone out to him several times, and continues to entreat him to come in. He says that he has not worn gold nor costly array, neither has a feather been seen in his hat, "lo, these many years," yet he has had no fatted calf killed for him. He does not drink tea, nor coffee, nor eat hog meat, neither does a necktie adorn his shirt front. He has done many wonderful works, but here are the drunkard and harlot entering into the kingdom before him. He does not understand it and has not recognized his brother as any kin to him. We are praying that he will soften his heart and come in before it is too late. But in the meantime, the rejoicing goes on. Father hands out the clean, white raiment, and spreads a feast of fat things. The new wine of the kingdom never runs out, and peace and joy and heavenly music are flowing like a river, till the sound is heard over the whole land.”
I believe today that there are a lot of believers who are of the same mind-set as the elder brother spoken of in this Azusa Paper article, and they need to repent of any angry attitude towards those who are baptized in the Holy Spirit, and God will baptize them also in the same Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues, as well they will be given other Gifts of the Holy Spirit as He wills. This sounds like a pretty good deal to me, a very fare exchange that is worthy of repentance.
1 John 2:9-11 says; “9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”
It sounds like the prodigal son’s brother, doesn’t it? It sounds like many today who hate the work of the Holy Spirit, who hate the baptism in the Holy Spirit, who say it’s of the devil, who hate the gifts of the Holy Spirit that are in operation, who hate the individuals that are operating under the power of the Holy Spirit. How can this be that they’re angry with the preacher that preaches the true Pentecost? What could possibly be the true reason that you could be angry against Pentecost, angry against the baptism in the Holy Spirit by calling it fanaticism, hypnotism, and come up with this, that and the other to discredit it? Either way you look at it, it’s anger being manifested in hatred towards a Christian brother or sister.
This is what the Apostle John says about anger towards your brother in Christ in 1 John 3:10-15; “10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. 11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brothers righteous. 13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love [a]his brother abides in death. 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.”
This is how serious anger towards your brother or sister in Christ is, especially when you’re accrediting the works of the Holy Spirit to be the works of the devil! We know there are a lot of Christians that are murdering their Pentecostal brothers, murdering them with their mouths, slaying them between the porch and altar every day by gossiping and slandering with hatred and anger. A good question to ask is that if your Christian brother is not loving you as a Christian, has he passed from death to life?
This is a serious subject today for Christian brothers and sisters who are hating their brothers and sisters in Christ because of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit that is going on in their meetings. Angry at them, just like the prodigal son’s brother was full of anger because of the full restoration and gifts being poured out on his brother by their father. This is sobering to know that hating your brother or sister in Christ could affect your salvation, but according to this verse, it is so.
Today might be a good day to repent for hating your brethren in Christ, you have no right to do that, and the only right and obligation you have is to get down on your knees and pray for them. You have no right to gossip and slander but to pray for them. The love of Jesus in you is a witness that you’re of Him. So, if there is hatred in your heart, it’s pretty clear that you’re backslidden and in a worse scenario than the prodigal son who was in the fields, wishing to eat the food that was being given to the pigs and swine. You’re in a worse situation than that – that’s how backslidden you are – to hate and to be angry with your brothers who are being blessed by God, who are fulfilling the Pentecostal experience, who are fulfilling what the Book of Acts said. Jealousy, envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice cannot be operated in as a Christian, no matter what excuse or reason you think you may have, you cannot hate your brothers and sisters in Christ. Put a guard over your mouth and pray instead.
It seems like the Azusa Papers has a common theme that repeats itself; that there are always brethren in Christ who always try to discredit the works of the Holy Ghost. God reaches some whom we’ve read about and turns them around, others, can’t be reached because of such hate in their hearts that they can’t repent, which leads to destruction. And like I said earlier, they end up in a worse situation than the prodigal son himself. That’s not God’s will, God saved you, delivered you from the kingdom of darkness not to go back into it because of hatred and anger. He saved you and redeemed you, not just your soul, but from the curse of sickness, death and poverty. He wants to heal your body, that’s His will. Don’t believe the lies which come in such small seeds, don’t allow the lies to take root. Walk by faith, speak the word in faith, meditate in the word, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Fear, doubt and unbelief come by NOT meditating on the word of God and by meditating on what is going on around you, what the world and the media are saying. As a Christian, we walk by faith and not by sight. We don’t walk in anger or hatred towards our brothers in Christ, we refuse it and resist the temptation in Jesus’ name.
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