Thursday, June 22, 2006

The golden age of Salvationism...

Grant Sandercock-Brown has written an interesting article published at The Rubicon in which he accuses some of trying to revive old methods to salvage the Army of today.
  • James Pedlar Says "many salvos give more weight to the founders than they do to scripture."
  • Russel Rook says "Grant’s forward-thinking salvationism has to be the way to go."
  • Matt Clifton says "the idea of a ‘golden age’ is not without legitimacy."
  • Carol Young says "Blocked old wells need re-opening and made accessible to a new generation if they contain life giving water."

I say - this argument will be settled once and for all when revival comes kicking and screaming into the labour ward that is primitive Salvationism. It's definitely not about bums on seat but it most definitely is about bums in heaven!

I do not see the post-modernist approach which is so popular with some within our movement winning souls on a scale acceptable to God or comparable with Pentecost or the 'golden age' of Salvationism.

Join the debate here.

Yours under Christ and irrepressibly over the devil

Monday, June 19, 2006

Come unto me all those who are weary...

Too busy to blog.

M's baby has arrived and she is beautiful - Hallelujah! She weighed in at 9 lb 15 oz and 5 days later is an amazing 10 lb 8 oz!

It is an absolute privilege to have M and Alicia sharing our home at this time. We thank God that we are found in his service.

Things are currently quite mad in the Bale household - Tracey is away for 2 weeks at 'Summer School' (part of her Officer training), Bethany (our 7 year-old) has tonsillitis, our hall is undergoing building works and we have a new baby in the house - life is hectic, we are frazzled but deeply honoured to be in the midst of his will for our lives.

God is so good bless his holy name!

Love and prayers Andrew

Monday, June 12, 2006

Come join our Army!

"You must do it. With the light that is now broken in upon your mind and the call that is now sounding in your ears, and the beckoning hands that are now before your eyes, you have no alternative. To go down among the perishing crowds is your duty. Your happiness from now on will consist in sharing their misery, your ease in sharing their pain, your crown in helping them to bear their cross, and your heaven in going into the very jaws of hell to rescue them."

Great quote from the founder.... and while your in the mood check out this link for some great vintage film of SA open-airs (circa 1904) as well as the 1904 congress, William Booth's motorcade evangelism and the old General's funeral procession plus some audio files of the old boy preaching!

You'll also find a heap of useful SA links here :-)

Very inspiring!!!

Yours under Christ and irrepressibly over the devil


Thursday, June 08, 2006

A Four-fold Franciscan Blessing

A Four-fold Franciscan Blessing

"May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers,half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truthboldly and love deep within your heart.
May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, andexploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice,freedom, and peace among all people.

May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who sufferfrom pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that theycherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them andtransform their pain into joy.

May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you reallyCAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’sgrace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

And the blessing of God the Supreme Majesty and our Creator, JesusChrist the Incarnate Word who is our brother and Saviour, and the Holy Spirit, our Advocate and Guide, be with you and remain with you, this day and forevermore. AMEN."

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Riighteous discontent and vision.

“Vision always needs an element of righteous discontent with the present situation. Conviction, corporate and personal repentance may be part of this.” (Bryn Hughes)

I am certain that such prayer is at the very genesis of revival. A group of us in the UK have been meeting regularly in recent months to repent both individually and corporately and I know that others around the world are doing likewise. Let us turn our "righteous discontent with the present situation" into prayer, fasting , repentance, vision and revival - Hallelujah!

(Picked up this quote yesterday at a Leadership Development Day - if you ever get the chance to go and hear this man speak it will be a good investment of your time.)

Yours under Christ and irrepressibly over the devil!


Monday, June 05, 2006

No compromise

Last Saturday God confirmed a 'word' that has been hammering at my heart for months, this message consisted of just two words:-


The word comes on the back of two portions of scripture both of which have also been ‘pestering’ my soul for quite some time.

The first is from Ephesians 4:17-32

"So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body. "In your anger do not sin": Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
The second is from 1 John 2:15-17

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.”
The phrase ‘No Compromise’ was also the name of a Keith Green album which featured the following lyrics:

“Make my life a prayer to you
I wanna do what you want me to
No empty words and no white lies
No token prayers no compromise.”

It was also used as the title of Keith Green’s biography (well worth reading! – you can get it here.)

Everyone is talking about revival, incarnational living, effective ministry and holiness yet I have been reminded once more that we can have none of this while there is compromise in our lives – we must in true Salvationist tradition surrender everything - including what is ‘sinful’ and what is ‘doubtful’ and then 'continue' in 'obedient faith’. We must have a holiness that doesn't just treat the symptoms of sin but one that removes the desire to sin completely.

I sense that even in the lives of the great warriors among us there is some compromise. The evidence and consequence of compromise is pride, lust, greed, complacency, arrogance, self-reliance, worldliness, selfish ambition and mission failure - if these things are in our lives then we must fast, repent and consecrate ourselves afresh – anything else is compromise.

As a wise old man once said to me – we can’t bind up the demons that control the geographical areas where we live until we bind up the ones that control us. The devil doesn’t feast on big portions all he needs is a few crumbs of compromise, all he needs is a foothold, just a little tiny sin is all it takes to numb Christ within us, stifle hope and make us ineffective.

Compromise leads to hell – ‘no compromise’ leads to heaven.

Yours under Christ and irrepressibly over the devil!