Open Letter to Dr. Doug Clay

The following letter to Dr. Doug Clay has come out of discussion I have had with pastors, professors and missionaries within the Assemblies of God. It also has come out of a place of prayer for the Assemblies of God.

The bottom line is The Assemblies is a much more serious crossroads that many realize. The crisis is not leadership that Dr. Doug Clay and about everyone in Springfield thinks is the issue. We are set in a matter of weeks to go to yet another General Council that will be about leadership and church business. Here is where the problem lives.

The great need in our Assemblies is a return to complete dependency on the Holy Spirit and a return to biblical revival. There is little that marked Pentecostal churches from Charismatic churches these days. Many of our pastors simply teach the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as “more of God.” We have pastors who actually discourage messages of tongues and when they do happen, explain it away.

When I was at Central Bible College, I remember reading about times the Assemblies of God has 12 weeks long revivals and longer. They were not planned; they just happened. Whole areas was swept into the Kingdom during these revivals. It was basically Brownsville on a more localized scale. Today, we have replaced those with a weekend conference about being a better leader.

Dr. Doug Clay, you know as well as I do the numbers. Our churches are full of people who are not baptized with the Holy Spirit. It is up to 90% of our members do not pray in tongues on a daily basis. It is also believed up to half our members are not biblically baptized in the Holy Spirit according to Acts 2:4. This is the state of the Assemblies of God currently.

As we go into another General Council, this should be our top concern and nothing is more important. The question should be “How do we get the Holy Spirit back in our churches?” It should be followed up with “How open is our churches to biblical revival?”

The answer to our church growth problem in small churches is the same as it was a century ago: wholesale Holy Ghost revival! The book of Acts is our blueprint and it was about the leadership of the Holy Spirit, not the leadership of men.

As a personal note, I respect Dr. Doug Clay as a leader and he has a hard job to do. I just feel very strongly we are moving in a wrong direction as a cooperative fellowship.

  • Mary Montu
    June 12, 2019 - 10:18 am

    Need for fasting n prayer, getting the Word into us and witnessing more than leadership and empowerment training. God is ready to move: He says: “You will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13.

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  • Rob Harms
    June 12, 2019 - 7:32 pm

    With regard to your letter to Doug Clay, may I share a word of prophesy which has been rumbling around in my heart for years, waiting for the right time to deliver. I attend an Assembly of God, and have for over 35 years. I have also seen the decline, and the rejection of other moves of the Holy Spirit (not Ghost) outside of the Assemblies. The word in my heart is this: “I have taken the wind out of your sails because I see the bodies in your wake – those who have disagreed with you and been wounded and cast overboard and forgotten. But I have not forgotten them, and they now form a great sea-anchor which further inhibits your progress. If you want the wind back in your sails go, humble yourselves, repent of your carnal judgments and be reconciled with those whom you have offended and unjustly disciplined and see what I will do when my Spirit is not grieved or quenched!

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  • Pastor Eroni
    June 12, 2019 - 9:30 pm

    Thanks so much for your boldness and timely reminder. Totally agree with you Pastor and pray that we as AOG people must be truly – filled, led and controlled by the Holy Spirit. In today’s spiritual, social, political and economical environment we are THE HOLY SPIRIT holds the secrets for our breakthrough and victories. God Bless!

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