There are always people making wild claims against the ministry. One of them is how “invalid and ineffective” Azusa Report is. The problem with this is numerous, both practically and theologically. No one is invalid in the Kingdom of God and no one is ineffective when they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. No one.
Every person who has come to faith in Christ has received the deposit of the Spirit in their life. They were worth the cost of the bloodshed of Christ. Any believer that has come to the saving knowledge of Jesus as their Savior has been bought and they are valued based on the price of Calvary. Sin is washed in the blood of the Savior and no one has the authority to recall it by the Savior himself!
Any person who tells you that anything less than your sins are forgiven and you are a NEW creation is a lair and operating in an anti-Christ spirit. Anyone that tried to remind you of what you did last week or last year is moving in the same spirit as the accuser of the Breathen.
Just in case you have forgotten what we know about him,
Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelation 12:10-11 makes it very clear that when people accuse you of anything, including your past, they are operating in a spirit other than the Holy Spirit.We live in a world that does not understand the finished work of Jesus and why he said “It is finished.”
These people, moving in the spirit of the Anti-Christ, attack me as a believer for believing the in the work of the Cross and it saves you, is saving you and will save you. The truth remains that these people, very often heathens themselves, fail to understand Jesus or Paul.
In John 8, a whore was brought before Jesus and they asked the Messiah to stone her. He had every right to do it under the Torah. He could have demanded her death on the spot and been justified in doing so.
However, he did not. Instead of condemning her, he justified her and sanctified her.
“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” ( John 8:11)
The word we use for condemn here is actually katakrinō. It means to issue a judgement. She was justified. He did not remind of her past. He did not judge for what He did before. The same concept was applied at Jacob’s Well.
The Savior took it a step even further and released sanctification to her. He could have told her “you screw up again, it is over. I wash my hands of you.” He didn’t. He made the declaration to “go and sin no more.” The word here for no more is mēketi which is used in every case in the New Testament in a futuristic mindset. The only other place that we see hamartane used is about being whole. Forgiveness is directly related to your wholeness.
What about the ministry of Paul?
The truth is that the Apostle that wrote a majority of the New Testament was a convict and write to his friends while locked up. For the judgemental pharisees that judge a sibling of mine for his personal struggles (really not of their business), it is a reminder that Jesus died the death of a criminal and Paul did extended times behind bars.
It was on one of his stays in prison that the story about his personal struggle, his thorn in the flesh, the messenger of satan is revealed to us. It happened on a remote island in the sea called Malta. When you understand the tribal religion of the people there, it unlocked the truth because that throne in the flesh.
When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a murderer; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.” (Acts 28:4)
The problem is that Paul was a murderer. He did over see the genocide of believers and had every intention of murdering more in Damascus. There is no question if they were bringing up his past but they have no clue about it. The only way they have been informed about was by a messenger of satan who operated through to remind him of his past.
Many people are faced with dealing their past as a messenger of satan. It does not matter if you are a pastor or a businessmen. Everyone has a past and only the devil and demons exist to remind you through unregenerate people. When someone tried to trash you based on some “dirt,” realize what spirit they operate in.
But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill effects. (Acts 28:5)
The truth is that Paul spend his life dealing with the gossip of his life before conversion and he knew that some people just could not get past the fact that he was a murderer and at his hands he killed hundreds of believers.
Lesson from the wilderness
The people of God walked out of Egypt but they could get Egypt out of them. Some people choose to never come to the saving knowledge of Christ and because of that, they never really receive the grace and mercy of the Lord. They condemn because it is all they know.
In the same way, the people of promise, the Israelite, walked in circles for a whole generation because they had the understanding of faith but never really made it personal and came to believe the promises they were given.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22–24)
In the words of popular Baptist minister, John Piper, “Many days leave us broken, beat-up, and barely hoping. That’s okay. There was enough mercy for that day. There will be more in the morning.” This a familiar view of how God view mercy towards us by most theologians today regardless if they reformed or Pentecostal in doctrine. We all agree that the words of Clint Brown’s Breathe on Me is the basic reality of mercy in light of Soteriology.
Yesterday’s gone today I’m in need
Holy Ghost power breathe on me
I have to confirm without question that I do believe that yesterday is gone. Its’ victories are gone. Its’ failures are gone. Its’ mercy is gone. Its’ grace is gone. Yesterday does not matter. You repent of its sins, you remember its’ advances but you move with new mercy today.
The same is true of the saints of today. We have been given fresh grace for living the faith in light of the power of Pentecost. We will have failures and we seek forgiveness from the Lord for them. We will also have victories and they are important to remember to build faith for what grace we will walk in the next day. However, living in what walked in 1972 during a Kathlyn Kuthlum crusade won’t cut it today.
Bottom line of life in forgiveness
When we really get down to how we are to view ourselves in light of mercy and work of Calgary, we have to return to the letter that Paul wrote to the Romans, a highly legally mind people.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)
I believe this is quite clear. I do not think we can understand this passage any other way than what the English is actually translated in every version of the New Testament. “Now no condemnation” is used in every major bible translation out there. The greek states that now or already (nun) which would cover all points forward as well that we face no penal judgement (katakrima).
There is no other way to understand this passage. Once a person has come to faith in Christ, they are forgiven, set apart, and sealed unto redemption. There is no penal judgement that anyone, including the devil himself, can render against the blood bought believer.
Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… (James 1:19)
It is clear that the Jewish believers were be told that as Christ forgives, they must cool down their judgement of people whom are different than them or have a different point of view. Many offenses that people have because they won’t listen to others, speak in mercy to them and they are way too quick to angry and operate in the spirit of the evil one.
Response about the attacks
There is two things happening here. I want to be very clear that these attacks have been going on for some time, are completely motivated by hatred toward everything I stand for. They hate that I stand for righteousness, sanctity of marriage (one man/one woman for life), holiness standards, and proclaim the power of Pentecost. These men, namely a couple of them, seek to belittle the ministry and myself any chance they get. They are completely under the power of the accuser of the Breathen.
One of the things they found to use to belittle the ministry is about my younger brother having a very serious addiction. They never offered to pray for him, asked if their is anything they do, or even just realize it is a very taxing mess for our family. They took full aim at him and went out of their way to cause harm for him. They did this because I am working behind the scenes to get him the help he needs and they want to see a young person destructed by drugs. They have no love in them and work by the spirit of the evil one.
I want to make it very clear where I stand on this issue. I am prepared for the long haul. I am ready to go the distance for him if need be. There is nothing that will make me walk away from him, addiction or not. However, this is a private matter and will remain so in the future. I do not quit on people. It is not my nature and I will see it through.
The story is not over. The race is not finished. It does not matter how you start the race, what matter is how to finish. I was there went he won boxing tournaments to be the first to tell him how proud of him I was. I will be at the finish line to be there he wins the fight against addiction. I have no stones to throw, just a baton to be handed as his is victorious over the worst form of addiction.
I am not the only person that will be waiting at the finish line to see him run the race. I will use any resource I have to get him the professional help that he needs to get the victory. As Azusa Report is read globally and many of the movers and shakers in Pentecostalism are regularly readers, there is many resources that are just a phone call away for me. Many of those calls have been made over the last few months.
As far as the reach of Azusa Report, it is quite laughable to me. These people have a Facebook page to trash the ministry on but they claim that a blog that reaches into very country in the world and is read by over 100,000 people a month is not effective.
Just for the sake of humor, here is the list of the top nations that come to the website in February.
It is interesting to see that the Philippines is still the second most popular nation because the traffic from both Australia and New Zealand are very close to pasting them this month. This is due to a popular article about Hillsongs Church. The articles about G12 churches in the Philippines always do quite well (10,000 views a month normally) but they revenue from the traffic is very low. The Nigeria traffic is unknown and mostly to the home page. This could be due to people looking up information about Azusa Street Revival in 1906. (Where the name came from)
Steps are being made to see more traffic from more developing countries. This is why I have really discussed the G12 Vision drama in the Philippines lately. I want to see more traffic from the United States, Australia and Canada where the CPC is better.