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Carlyle Fielding Ste, How Long Will You Limp?: "Too many churches today are devoid of the Spirit of Pentecost because they are dry and stale, where people are in a stupor; where worship services are wooden and so scripted that they are hollow; where the preaching is dull and flat; where the singing is Geritol-tired and without the vim and vigor which speaks of a crucified, died and risen Lord; where if anyone taps his foot and says, "Amen", he is stared into silence, and if anyone shouts, "Thank you, Jesus" the people call the EMS or 911! Too many churches have become mausoleums for the dead rather than coliseums of praise for a living God. They have lost the spirit of Pentecost! They have lost their enthusiasm. They have lost their joy for Jesus and find themselves suffering from what William Willimon calls "Institutional and Spiritual Dry Rot." If the Church is to survive the next millennium it must recapture some of the praise and enthusiasm it had two millennia ago."
C. T. Schwarze has written a thesis called “The Bible and Science on the Everlasting Fire,” in which he seeks to prove the validity of the Lake of Fire. As an example, he uses the existence of midget or white dwarf stars. He points out the fact that there is general agreement among scientist that “…the temperature at or near the center of stars is between 25 million and 30 million degrees Fahrenheit!” (J. Dwight Pentecost, Things To Come: published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, pg. 560). He further points out that these stars are so dense that they are about 5000 times smaller than would be expected for their mass. Because of the tremendous heat, everything is turned into gasses. However, due to the greatness of the pressure, these “…gasses become compressed to the consistency of a liquid…” (Ibid, pg. 560). These stars are for all practical purposes, lakes of fire.
MELVIN MAUGHMER, JR.
Pentecost was originally an Old Testament festival, the only festival for which no specific date is given in the Bible, it is called the festival of weeks. Leviticus 23:15 however instructs the people to count 7 weeks from the morrow after the Sabbath, from the day ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering.”
The poet William Blake wrote a poem about Pentecost. Part of the poem says: Unless the eye catch fire, God will not be seen. Unless the ear catch fire, God will not be heard. Unless the tongue catch fire, God will not be named. Unless the Heart ca...
"The history of missions is the history of answered prayer. From Pentecost to the Haystack meeting in New England and from the days when Robert Morrison landed in China to the martyrdom of John and Betty Stam, prayer has been the source of power and the secret of spiritual triumph."
M., Zwemer, Sameul
Acts 20:13 We went on ahead to the ship and sailed for Assos, where we were going to take Paul aboard. He had made this arrangement because he was going there on foot.
Acts 20:14 When he met us at Assos, we took him aboard and went on to Mitylene.
Acts 20:15 The next day we set sail from there and arrived off Kios. The day after that we crossed over to Samos, and on the following day arrived at Miletus.
Acts 20:16 Paul had decided to sail past Ephesus to avoid spending time in the province of Asia, for he was in a hurry to reach Jerusalem, if possible, by the day of Pentecost.
Acts 20:17 From Miletus, Paul sent to Ephesus for the elders of the church.
Bishop Ryle points out that Jesus, through the Holy Spirit and the ministry of the faithful church, would “raise up a standard of morality and purity and knowledge of which formerly men had no conception.” (Ryle, ibid. p. 159)
This was seen in the days immediately following the birth of the early church. The church had a tremendous impact on society.
About 375 years later, on August 24th 410 AD, the city of Rome fell to the Visigoths. Various reasons were given for this. St. Augustine, who lived at the time, believed that the immorality of the people brought the downfall of the city of Rome: “To Augustine’s way of thinking, the fall of Rome was less important than it seemed to most of his contemporaries. What was really going on was a far deeper warfare--the war between God’s kingdom and man’s; if God’s kingdom was not clearly distinguishable in this world, it is because not everyone who says they are a Christian really is. To the heathen who blamed Christianity for the downfall of the Roman Empire, Augustine showed that pagan practices actually were at fault for the weakness of the empire.
In book Two, Chapter four, (of the City of God) Augustine asked, ‘...Why were the (pagan) gods so negligent as to allow the morals of their worshippers to sink to so low a depth?...why did not those gods...lay down moral precepts that would help their devotees to lead a decent life?’
In chapter twenty-one of the same book he notes: ‘However great and good your natural gifts may be, it takes true piety to make them pure and perfect; with impurity they merely end in loss and pain.’”
The spiritual and moral power of the church has had great effect down through history until the Great Awakening which led to the vast missionary outreach of the church up until our own time.
But it all began with Jesus Christ and the birth of His church on the Day of Pentecost.
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician and philosopher. In his writings, which were entitled Pensees, he traces the logical progression of his thought on many subjects. But something happened to Pascal which was beyond logic and rational thought. After his death, his servant found a piece of paper sewn into the lining of his coat. Here, in part, is what he wrote:
The year of grace 1654.
Monday, 23 November, . . .
From about half-past ten in the evening
until about half past midnight.
The God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.
Not of the philosophers and intellectuals.
Certitude, certitude, feeling, joy, peace . . .
joy, joy, joy, tears of joy. . .
Renunciation, total and sweet.
Complete submission to Jesus Christ. . .
The God whom Pascal encountered was not the God of the theologians and scholars, he was the personal God of the Bible. Pascal did not gain a new theology, he gained a new experience. He gained confidence and joy. And when the true Pascal met the true God there was true surrender — sweet renunciation and complete submission — not as a slavish thing, but as one gives oneself to a lover. There was passion in Pascal’s experience that he described as “FIRE.” This is the fire of Pentecost....
DIVISION IN THE CHURCH
We might sum up the divisions in this church this way according to Parsons:
i. "I follow Paul" -- This group may have taken the attitude that Paul started this church and he will always be the leader. These are the traditionalists.
1. They always live in the past and never want to move on into the future: They like saying, "Leave everything the way it was; this is what the Lord wants! Paul saw Christ, so we will only listen to what He tells us to do! He is the founding apostle, and we need to do church the way he does it!"
2. McLeod from sermoncentral.com states: The "claim to fame" of the first group was this: "We are of Paul and therefore better than you! Anyone knows Paul is a great doctrinal preacher, and that's the only kind to have."
ii. "I follow Apollos" -- These people may have put great emphasis on the knowledge of Scripture. Apollos was mighty in his use of the Word (Acts 18:24, 25). These may have been the Bible intellectuals.
1. "Listen, we need to follow after Apollos because man that guy can preach with charisma! Paul is dry and boring and people have even fallen asleep in his meetings! So church is all about the preaching of dynamic messages that are powerful."
2. McLeod from sermoncentral.com states: "The second group would probably retort, 'We are of Apollos, and anyone with any sense at all will agree that Apollos is an eloquent preacher and can preach circles around Paul any day.'"
iii. "I follow Peter" -- These people may have put great emphasis on the church and were taking the attitude that Peter had been given the keys to the kingdom, instituted the church on Pentecost, and they would follow him. They may have been great "church" men without going further.
1. This group claimed divine apostleship as the only link to doing church the right way. They were for using a style that peter promoted an emphasis on Jewish tradition mixed with Christianity. A in your face type church that was bold and aggressive a true apostolic church -- one that followed the leading of Peter only because he lived with Jesus.
2. McLeod states: "The third group might then answer, 'We are of Cephas, and you can brag about doctrine and eloquence all you want to, but there's just nobody as down-to-earth and practical as Peter.'"
iv. "I follow Christ" -- These people may have been saying, "We don't need anyone or anything but Jesus."
1. This group was the spiritual elite who said "We only do things Jesus' way and the rest of these idol worshippers need to repent! We know the truth it's all Jesus and these others are people chasers not God chasers!"
2. McLeod states: "The fourth group could thereupon be pictured as looking down their long spiritual noses at the other three and piously saying, 'We are of Christ, and therefore look to no human preacher to lead us and feed us.'"
"The historic Christian teaching holds that national Israel was a type or a forerunner of the church, and that the church replaced Israel on the day of Pentecost... God has but one plan of salvation. There is also only one body of God. This body is made up of every born again individual from both the Old and New Testaments. God's people were known in the Old Testament as 'Israel.' The same people, in the New Testament, are known as 'the church.' As a matter of Scriptural fact, these terms are used interchangeably: the church is referred to as 'Israel' (Gal. 6:16), while the Old Testament remnant is referred to as 'the church' (Acts 7:38)."
(Source: Amillennialism Today).