Here are 6 explosive quotes I stumbled upon while browsing through a retired Nazarene minister’s library:
“The church today is lamentably weak and therefore Christian homes are lamentably weak.” –Alan Redpath, Blessings Out Of Buffetings, 1965 (A weak church desperately needs to surrender control to the presence and power of the living, resurrected Jesus Christ.)
“We believe the way in which religious services are now conducted is a is a hindrance to the revival of religion and the salvation of man.” –Silas Henne, The Way Of Faith (Perhaps it is time to get back to the biblical instructions for doing church in 1 Corinthians 14:26.)
“Paul had no thought of restricting the speaking to an ordained ministry, much less of keeping the service within any prescribed liturgy. The service resembled the Quaker form more nearly than any in existence today, not because of the stress on silence, but because every member was free to speak as he was moved by the Spirit. There was only one restriction: everything should be done for mutual edification and nothing as private exhibitionism.” —The Interpreters Bible commentary on 1 Corinthians 14:26 (Why shouldn’t we do church that way?)
“The Holy Spirit may be understood as the chief executive officer of the church . . . The Holy Spirit is the divine personal agent by whom Christ as Head of the church communicates and activates the authentic work of the church.” –Robert Wade, Founded With Power, 1995 (So why have so many churches made the pastor the CEO of the church — if not in name, at least in function?)
“The witness of the Spirit is the spiritual birthright of every obedient Christian. The witness of the Spirit is crucial to the renewal of the church.” –Jerry Mercer, The Word & The Doctrine, 1965 (Since every Christian has the “birthright” to hear the witness of the Spirit; when we gather for church, why don’t we allow everyday people to listen to the Spirit and then share what He tells them?)
“The testimony of the Spirit is an inward impression on the soul, whereby the Spirit of God directly witnesses to my spirit.” –John Wesley (Wesley, one of the greatest preachers of all time, knew that something much more than sermons is required for people to be passionate and obedient Christ-followers. He knew that people need the direct witness of the Holy Spirit to their spirit. Isn’t it time for church to train people to directly hear from the living God?)
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