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General James Green
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost...” (Acts 1:5).
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me...shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matt. 3:11).
W ATER BAPTISM...FIRE BAPTISM, what do they mean? The first, we understand, as being baptized in water, but the latter, few understand...and fewer have had that baptism.
FIRE BAPTISM! SPIRIT BAPTISM! A BAPTISM WHICH GIVES GREAT MIRACLE POWER TO LIVE AND WITNESS FOR OUR CHRIST!
My wife and I both have received this “fiery baptism,” seen plenty of miracles, and performed miracles by the Spirit’s power. It is literally a shame to see God’s professing people “fireless!”...yet churches are FULL of people in this state—cold as ice cubes, dead in cold religion, and even cold towards the one who redeemed them. The Holy Ghost baptism is REAL; seek for it!
If more Christians were to get on fire for God, the whole world would be transformed. I believe this! In this generation, the churches, with her colleges and seminaries, could send out “fire brands” instead of graduates insidiously imbecile with atheistical ideas. Christ baptized His own followers with the Holy Ghost. This was promised by the prophet Joel (2:28), and reaffirmed after Christ’s resurrection in Luke (24:49) and Acts (1:4-8). The fire fell on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:4).
One female (under 20 years of age when she went to the missions field of East Equatorial Africa) has aptly written (after 25 years in that land): “Some people think that any person with a fair show of piety, a form of godliness, and a reasonable aptitude for acquiring a foreign language, is properly endowed for the foreign missions field. But, how can men and women deliver the message of the regenerating Gospel of the Grace of God if they have never been regenerated themselves? How can they lead a poor ignorant savage to a knowledge of sins forgiven through the precious blood of Christ if they have never had that sin-cleansing blood applied to their own soul? How can they be witnesses to the heathen of the verities and consolations of their religion of Jesus Christ if they are uncertain as to their own state before God?” She asked then, and I ask the same now. “Church” membership will never do what “Heaven” membership will do. We need, you need, and ALL NEED the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire...NOW!!
Let us not be shaken by all these infiltrations of perversion (homosexual upheavals), change (including the Holy Bible— so as to fit the “Politically Correct” agenda), compromise, family break-ups, or worldly entertainment,....all this adds up to the wrecking of our moral standards, ethical thinking, and our social and spiritual behavior. All this effects the evangelism and missionary work in and among the lost. All this internal fighting certainly effects the outward warfare. Satan, devils, and demons have a very “wonderful and successful” war campaign against the church. Why? Because the believers lack the Holy Ghost Power. Let me clarify, the real Holy Ghost Fire is not the modern spirit/charismatic/best life now movement which is mixed with all manner of worldliness and religious deception.
Since the liberal church is bent on trashing the Holy Ghost, and rejecting the “Sword that Cuts and the Fire that Burns,” she is becoming more and more unhealthy and unholy. This sets in motion the drifting of the modern mind from its moorings of settled conviction (which the Holy Ghost brings on) and purpose. We will not miss anything of value by refusing to drift with the ever-madding currents of floundering thoughts, i.e., Politically Correctism. If we drift with them, we gain nothing and lose a lot. These filthy dreamers show one nothing but contempt!
“Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities” (Jude 1:8). The apostle Peter also speaks about those who “...walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government (God’s). Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities” (2 Peter 2:10). Here, Peter speaks of unrighteous and immoral people who, like the vile homosexuals of Sodom (see verse 6-8, as well as Gen. 19:4-11), despise all manner of authority which restrains evil, including Christ, His Word, and His messengers.
Because believers refuse to walk after the Spirit, they can do nothing but walk after the flesh, fulfilling its sinful lusts, (see Gal. 5:16-26). I don’t see how any Bible-believing Christian can choose the way of the FLESH when the Word condemns it. These ones have been filled with God’s Spirit, yet walk contrary, are deluded at best.
The crisis we now face in the church is this: will the professors of the Christian faith WHOLLY surrender to the inclinations of the “flesh” (i.e., sinful nature) and return to the full dominion of sin, or will the church yield to the demands and commands of the Holy Ghost, walking under the dominion of Christ Jesus the Lord (as “master”)?
The judgments of God are ready to be poured out upon the rebellious church, but He is pleading for REPENTANCE (read Rom. 8:4-14). It boils down to this: the battlefield is within the believer, and the conflict must continue throughout their earthly life if they are to reign with Christ (Rom. 7:7-25; 2 Tim. 2:12; Rev. 12:11; see also Eph. 6:11). Either we surrender to do God’s will or we fight against His will in order to do our will. It is one way or the other.
THE MODERN CHURCH IS AS SICK AS THE WORLD IS. Accept it, it’s true! But, I firmly believe that if any hungry and sincere soul throws itself open before the Lord, and accepts His diagnosis, prescription, and His treatment, the soul, could be made well. A good dose of Holy Ghost fire will do wonders for the sick soul.
Dead and formal religion has never been God’s plan for man. Fire moves, burns, glows, destroys (impurities), and changes things. The Bible plainly tells us that OUR GOD IS THE GOD OF FIRE! (Deut. 4:24; Heb. 12:29). God IS SPIRIT, and a person with dead religion is only a mockery. But, heart religion is a very dangerous weapon in the hand of God...and in the home, church, school, and society at large.
The Christian faith requires a second birth: “ye must be born-again.” Jesus tells us in John 3:3 that “...except a man be born again, he (or she) cannot see the Kingdom of God.” He tells us in verse 5 that: “...except a man (or woman) be born of water and of the SPIRIT, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God.” But, we also need to be FILLED with the Holy Ghost after we are regenerated by water (which is referring to the cleansing work of the Holy Spirit in the new birth). In Titus 3:5 it speaks of “the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”
Acts 4:31 tells us that after the born-again believers prayed, they were ALL FILLED with the Holy Ghost, and spoke the Word of God with boldness. They also spoke in tongues—a language they never learned, a Spirit gift mentioned in 1 Cor. 12:7-31. This experience is still available today.
Miracles! Yes! We need to see more of them, and the world needs to see them. I FEEL SORRY FOR THE POOR SOULS THAT BELIEVE THAT GOD’S MIRACLES HAVE “PASSED AWAY!” HOW UTTERLY STUPID. The reason we don’t see them much is because people do not believe in them. Too many supposed “Christians” have drifted away form the Lord of miracles.
Hebrews 2:1 WARNS ANY AND ALL AGAINST DRIFTING FROM THE FAITH...read it for yourself. The writer of Hebrews asks in verse 3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” Then in the following verse, the writer says that, “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers (many) MIRACLES, and gifts of the Holy Ghost...”
If you want to believe that all the above has passed away, go ahead, but I’ve seen them happen for over 40 years now. The Holy Ghost, thru the writer of Hebrews, reaffirms that God confirmed and supported the Gospel message with signs, wonders, miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost (read Acts 2:2). After Jesus arose from the dead, He promised that the miraculous confirmation of the Gospel message would follow ALL WHO BELIEVE. Do you believe?
The Gospel message is more than “dead letter” teaching and preaching, it is ALIVE and ACTIVE. The Lord desires that evangelism be accompanied with miracle power, not just religious words (read Acts 4:30; 1 Pet. 1:12; 1 Thes. 1:5; Gal. 3:5; 1 Cor. 2:4, 5; Acts 2:22, 43; John 10:25; Mark 16:20).
The inner witness/inner voice, is missing in most modern evangelism. Holy Ghost power has been replaced with religious respectability...and it has all but killed the church. When the church loses its desire for lost souls to be won, and members to become fruitful, it is out of touch with God entirely. The WORD OF GOD AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MUST work together.
How it grieves the Lord when His ministers (at least those who use His name) speak only dead words, void of any Spirit life! The modern church has a form of godliness, but has LOST the vision, passion, and action by denying His power. Some even claim demonstrations of God’s Spirit Power are demonic. How utterly blind. No wonder the church is going to HELL in a Wal-Mart shopping cart!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ needs no proving—it is what it is. It is men that God needs to prove, for many are unworthy to carry His Gospel. The truth of the matter is that this generation has gone a whoring after the gods and goddesses of this world, and has prostituted itself with MANY lovers. This calls for REVOLUTION!...the overthrowing of the existing “religious” government that holds some of God’s true saints hostage.
True miracle evangelism has NO substitute. It operates exclusively in its very own field. Its roots are firmly and deeply planted in God, through Jesus, by the Holy Spirit. It is vain to attempt God’s work without a saving faith and trust in Christ Jesus. Yet, religious men and women in this hour, and in this generation, don’t give a DAMN for God’s way of doing things. NO! They have their own WAY.
The poor tithe-paying church-slaves are not even aware that many preachers, pastors, and ministers, of all types, are of the same spirit and life as the corrupt and false teachers of God’s law in Jesus’ day. I know ministers (so-called) who are vile liars, sex perverts, frauds etc. that carry on church work as though God approves them. Outwardly they may appear “righteous” unto men (Matt. 23:28), but are nothing but “wolves in sheep’s clothing” (Matt. 7:15). How very “professional” many are in our generation...and RICH TOO!
But don’t be fooled, because God WILL judge them. You see, many are fooled by their messages that, at times, are based solidly on God’s Word—even proclaiming high and holy standards/ethics. They appear sincerely concerned (if you pay good tithes!) for your well-being and the Lord’s work. Then, at times, even show great interest in the salvation of the lost (numbers and $$ count in the church system), professing love for all peoples. They may be commendable spiritual leaders in your community, even winning awards and recognition, they may be very successful and have multitudes following them, but unless the Lord builds the house (by the Holy Spirit’s Power and guidance), they labor in vain. Such deceit makes up “Religious Babylon.”
Don’t be fooled by all this religious fervor that is out there. Where DO they stand in God’s sight? IS THE HOLY GHOST DOING THE WORK, OR IS IT MEN, MONEY, AND MACHINERY? Closer to home, let us examine our own selves, evaluate our faith and our works: are we just religious or are we righteous?
Let us ask the Holy Ghost to BURN, to CUT, and to DIVIDE the precious from the vile. Let us ask God to use us as a weapon of war, and a vessel of honor to the glory of His name. Amen.