“John Wesley tells of a dream he had. In the dream, he was ushered to the gates of Hell. There he asked, “Are there any Presbyterians here?” “Yes!”, came the answer. Then he asked, “Are there any Baptists? Any Episcopalians? Any Methodists?” The answer was Yes! each time. Much distressed, Wesley was then ushered to the gates of Heaven. There he asked the same question, and the answer was No! “No?” To this, Wesley asked, “Who then is inside?” The answer came back, “There are only Christians here.”
– George Whitefield
“What the world calls virtue is a name and a dream without Christ. The foundation of all human excellence must be laid deep in the blood of the Redeemer’s cross, and in the power of His resurrection.”
– Frederick William Robertson
“The hand of the Lord is not just a feeling; it is an anointing of power beyond the senses reach. Definite in touch, it demands attention even to the blotting out of all other considerations. His hand reassures, transmits confidence and gently directs focus. By His hand, one enters the “God realm of reality on an eternal scale.” It silences the noise of the world and causes one to step into the sovereign reign of heaven”
C.R. Oliver from his new book – “Exact Ezekiel“
“A revival always includes conviction of sin on the part of the Church. Backslidden professors cannot wake up and begin right away in the service of God, without deep searchings of heart. The fountains of sin need to be broken up. In a true revival, Christians are always brought under such conviction; they see their sins in such a light that often they find it impossible to maintain a hope of their acceptance with God. It does not always go to that extent, but there are always, in a genuine revival, deep convictions of sin, and often cases of abandoning all hope.”
– Charles Finney
It is in the conviction of sin, it is in the knowing deeply within our hearts that sin is abounding which enables the Grace of God to exceed our hearts expectation! Where conviction is lacking so will be the measure of God’s grace. It is the acknowledgement of our sin which releases the wonder of God’s grace.
“But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound…”
“Colosse was an ancient trade center located 100 miles east of Ephesus and just a few miles from Laodicea and Hierapolis. Epaphras was the founder of the church and informed Paul of their great love when he visited Paul and sought to minister to him while he was in chains. Already, the cross winds of heresy had made their way into this young church, and Paul’s intent was to purify the body and re-align it back to the basic things of the gospel. Paul ministered through this epistle by revelation from the Holy Spirit (something desperately needed in the church today). Ministry by revelation allows vision into the lives of people, while wiping away the subterfuge of façades. Jesus ministered in this fashion (knowing the thoughts of others and seeing their life patterns and sins). Paul had never been to Colosse when he addressed them, but by the Spirit, he literally entered their fellowship with pinpoint accuracy. Men of God, in the past, have ministered this way (calling out error or happenings in people’s lives which were privy only to them). Ministry by revelation cancels the need for counseling. (C.G. Bevington was a perfect example).”
– C.R. Oliver
The Crisis of Today brings the Apostolic and the Prophetic ministrations to the forefront as the Spirit of God brings the “plumb-line” back to the Church.
“Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein”