Why the lack of Spiritual Power in the Christian World?
I have recently shared in my Blog:
- What it is.
- How to obtain it.
- The effect of it in a Disciples life.
- The effect it had in my life from 1977.
- What happens when a Christian does not have it.
- The fate of Christians who say they have it, but don’t.
So am I being too hard on Christians when I question the truth about them?
Charles Grandison Finney (August 29, 1792 – August 16, 1875) wrote about Christianity where he was in the USA. Now it’s easy to get into a debate about him, just as it is about me. At the centre of his teaching and mine, is the notion of giving all your life to the Lord Jesus Christ – complete ownership.
In his book Power on High he describes the problem he saw in Christianity caused by the Churches appointing leaders who had no proven testimony of having the Power of the Holy Spirit of God. He also pointed the finger at Teaching Establishments who turned out potential Church Leaders who did not have the Power promised by the Lord Jesus to be freely available.
Is that not the same today?
You can read what he wrote here.
I attended The Birmingham Bible Institute here in Birmingham, England, from 1985 to 1987. And without doubt it was the right thing to do and I thank God for the then founder and principle, Rev. Brash Bonsall. A man of God often unfairly mocked behind his back. It has since closed and merged with another Bible College.
I was doing miracles and signs and wonders before BBI, during BBI, and after BBI. Yet no Churches wanted my spiritual gifts. 21 churches within a mile of my home, who knows how many in Birmingham, and none wanted to use my spiritual gifts.
Now we could say that was God’s will because the Lord wanted me for a special purpose. However, they could have still approached me for some fellowship.
Yet here we are in August 2015, 28 years after I left BBI and they still refuse to have fellowship with me. Nor do they send me any testimony of the Spiritual Power that they have. You know, so as to encourage me. A city of almost 1,000,000 people and what Holy Spirit Power has been recorded and shared?
So am I being too hard on the Christians?
How can the Christian Church Leaders believe that the Lord Jesus said as quoted by the Apostle Matthew in chapter 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” And also believe that the same Lord Jesus is happy at the results being produced by them today – 2,000 years after he gave the command?
It just does not make any sense!
Quoting Charles Finney.
In a former article I said that the want of an endowment of power from on high should be deemed a disqualification for a pastor, a deacon or elder, a Sabbath school superintendent, a professor in a Christian college, and especially for a professor in a theological seminary. Is this a hard saying? Is this an uncharitable saying? Is it unjust? Is it unreasonable? Is it unscriptural?
Suppose any one of the Apostles, or those present on the day of Pentecost, had failed, through apathy, selfishness, unbelief, indolence, or ignorance, to obtain this endowment of power, would it have been uncharitable, unjust, unreasonable, or unscriptural, to have accounted him disqualified for the work which Christ had appointed them?
Christ had expressly informed them that without this endowment they could do nothing. He had expressly enjoined it upon them not to attempt it in their own strength, but to tarry at Jerusalem until they received the necessary power from on high. He had also expressly promised that if they tarried, in the sense which He intended, they should receive it “not many days hence.” They evidently understood Him to enjoin upon them to tarry in the sense of a constant waiting upon Him in prayer and supplication for the blessing. Now, suppose that any one of them had stayed away and attended to his own business, and waited for the sovereignty of God to confer this power. He of course would have been disqualified for the work; and if his fellow-Christians, who had obtained this power, had deemed him so, would it have been uncharitable, unreasonable, unscriptural?
And is it not true of all to whom the command to disciple the world is given, and to whom the promise of this power is made, if through any shortcoming or fault of theirs they fail to obtain this gift, that they are in fact disqualified for the work, and especially for any official station? Are they not, in fact, disqualified for leadership in the sacramental host? Are they qualified for teachers of those who are to do the work? If it is a fact that they do lack this power, however this defect is to be accounted for, it is also a fact that they are not qualified for teachers of God’s people; and if they are seen to be disqualified because they lack this power, it must be reasonable and right and Scriptural so to deem them, and so to speak of them, and so to treat them. Who has a right to complain?
Surely, they have not. Shall the Church of God be burdened with teachers and leaders who lack this fundamental qualification, when their failing to possess it must be their own fault? The manifest apathy, indolence, ignorance, and unbelief that exist upon this subject are truly amazing. They are inexcusable. They must be highly criminal. With such a command to convert the world ringing in our ears; with such an injunction to wait in constant, wrestling prayer till we receive the power; with such a promise, made by such a Saviour, held out to us of all the help we need from Christ Himself, what excuse can we offer for being powerless in this great work? What an awful responsibility rests upon us, upon the whole Church, upon every Christian!
One might ask, How is apathy, how is indolence, how is the common fatal neglect possible, under such circumstances? If any of the primitive Christians to whom this commandment was given had failed to receive this power, should we not think them greatly to blame? If such default had been sin in them, how much more in us with all the light of history and of fact blazing upon us, which they had not received? Some ministers and many Christians treat this matter as if it were to be left to the sovereignty of God, without any persistent effort to obtain this endowment. Did the primitive Christians so understand and treat it? No, indeed. They gave themselves no rest till this baptism of power came upon them.
My understanding of early Church History is that by 300 years after the Lord’s command was given. The Churches became organised in a worldly way – Like a pyramid – and those Believers who were Spirit Filled were moved out of the Churches.
I read my Lord’s teachings and much of it does not match how Christianity is operating. This is a serious problem and I feel I must help the Churches correct it, that the Devil will be resisted according to God’s will.
Yoked to the Lord Jesus
Jesus taught his true followers in Matthew 11:29 ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I
am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my
burden is light.’
So, do Christians live as if yoked to the Lord Jesus Christ?
Here, with my video, is what Charles Finney said about being Yoked to the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you are a Christian Leader and you are not yoked to the Lord Jesus Christ, then you do not have the Spiritual Power to help him make disciples of himself. No matter what your Church says about you!