David Bercot – The “Theology” of the Early Christians

Tertullian wrote about the “Rule of Faith” in the second century:

To believe in only one God Almighty, the Creator of the universe, and His son Jesus Christ, born of the virgin Mary, crucified under Pontius Pilate, raised again the third day from the dead, received in the heavens, sitting now at the riht hand of the Father, destined to come to judge the living and the dead through the resurrection of the flesh

This statement that Tertullian made, only one generation after the apostles, contains only 63 words. This is a very simple statement. The Westminster Confession of Faith, promulgated by the Puritans in the seventeenth century contains 12079 words.

Somehow the essentials of faith kept growing through the centuries. (Found in “Will the Theologians please sit down” from David Bercot).
This “Doctrianity” is spreading like a disease. This comes through eating from the forbidden tree.

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Smith Wigglesworth – The Great Revival: The Word and the Spirit

This prophecy was given at the annual Elim conference in 1947.

‘During the next few decades there will be two distinct moves of the Holy Spirit across the church in Great Britain.
The first move will affect every church that is open to receive it and will be characterized by a restoration of the baptism and gifts of the Holy Spirit
‘The second move of the holy Spirit will result in people leaving historic churches and planting new churches.
‘In the duration of each of these moves, the people involved will say, “This is a great revival.” But the Lord says, “No, neither is the great revival but both are steps towards it.”
‘When the new church phase is on the wane, there will be evidenced in the churches something that has not been seen before: a coming together of those with an emphasis on the Word and those with an emphasis on the Spirit.
‘When the Word and the Spirit come together, there will be the biggest movement of the Holy Spirit that the nation, indeed the world has even seen. It will mark the beginning of a revival that will eclipse anything that has been witnessed within these shores, even the Wesleyan and the Welsh revivals of former years. The outpouring of God’s Spirit will flow over from the United Kingdom to the mainland of Europe, and from there will begin a missionary move to the ends of the earth.’

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The Vision of Hudson Taylor: War and Awakening

‘I have seen a vision. I saw in this vision a great war that encompasses the world. I saw this war recede and then start again, actually being two wars. after this I saw much unrest and revolts that will affect many nations. I saw in some places spiritual awakenings.
‘In Russia I saw there will come a general all-encompassing national spiritual awakening spread to many European countries. Then I saw an all-out awakening, followed by the coming of Christ.’

Hudson Taylor received this vision in 1855

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Francis Schaeffer, C. S. Lewis – About the Disease of Introspection

A very helpful article about the widespread disease of introspection. There are not many persons who have revelations about this topic, one of them was C. S Lewis. He has written about his fight to overcome this disease in his autobiography. He had to overcome this dreadful disease to experience the manifest presence of Christ.

+ Introspection (von L’Abri)

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Arthur Katz – And They Crucified Him

One of the most hard hitting sermon that has been preached in this century: And they crucified him from Art Katz. The Flesh of most people, including christians will protest against this message.

And the symbol of the cross at the heart of the faith is an invitation to share in his sufferings ~ Art Katz

Our christianity is degenerating into a middle class culture ~ Art Katz

Here you can download the whole sermon: Art Katz Ministries

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Taste and see…

At the a particular divinity school, all alumni are invited to the school annually for a reunion. On this day each one is to bring a lunch to be eaten outdoors in a grassy picnic area. Every reunion would include a great theologian to speak to the alumni.

At one reunion, the visiting professor spoke for two and one-half hours proving that the resurrection of Jesus was false. He quoted scholar after scholar and book after book. He concluded that since there was no such thing as the historical resurrection, the religious tradition of the church was groundless, emotional mumbo-jumbo, because it was based on a relationship with a risen Jesus, who, in fact, never rose from the dead in any literal sense. He then asked if there were any questions.

After about 30 seconds, an old, dark skinned preacher with a head of short-cropped, woolly white hair stood up in the back.

“Professa, I got one question,” he said as all eyes turned toward him. He reached into his sack lunch and pulled out an apple and began eating it.

“Professa” .. CRUNCH, MUNCH… “my question is a simple question”… CRUNCH, CRUNCH…

“Now, I ain’t never read them books you read”…CRUNCH, MUNCH…

“and I can’t recite the Scriptures in the original Greek”…CRUNCH, MUNCH…

“I don’t know nothin’ about Niebuhr and Crossan”… CRUNCH, MUNCH… He finished the apple.

“All I wanna know is: This apple I just ate, was it bitter or sweet?”

The professor paused for a moment and answered in exemplary scholarly fashion: “I cannot possibly answer that question, for I haven’t tasted your apple.”

The white-haired preacher dropped the core of his apple into his crumpled paper bag, looked up at the professor and said calmly, “Neither have you tasted my Jesus.”

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Duncan Campbell – Erweckung auf den Hebriden

Einige Erinnerungen an die Erweckung auf den Hebriden, in der Got zwei alte Omas und einen Prediger namens Duncan Campbell gebrauchte.

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Quote from Evan Roberts / Zitat von Evan Roberts

Ich habe einige interessante Zitate von Evan Roberts gefunden, die ich euch nicht vorenthalten möchte.

I have been asked concerning my methods. I have none. I never prepare the words I shall speak. I leave all that to Him. I am not the source of this revival. I am only one agent in what is growing to be a multitude. I am not moving men’s hearts and changing men’s lives; not I, but God worketh in me.I have found what is, in my belief, the highest kind of Christianity. ~ Evan Roberts

Und hier die deutsche Übersetzung: Ich wurde nach meinen Methoden gefragt: Ich habe keine. Ich bereite niemals die Worte vor, die ich reden soll. Ich überlasse das alles Ihm. Ich bin nicht die Quelle dieser Erweckung. Ich bin nur ein Werkzeug in etwas, was zu einer Menge heranwächst. Ich bewege nicht die Herzen und verändere keine Leben, nicht Ich, aber Gott, der in mir wirkt. Ich habe das gefunden, was in meinem Glauben die höchste Art des Christentums ist.

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Tom Bloomer – The Kingdom of God

Tom Bloomer gives his testimony, how he got saved from drugs and war trauma through the ministry of Art Katz.

Tom Bloomer erzählt, wie er durch eine Predigt von Arthur Katz vom Reich der Finsternis in das Reich des Lichtes versetzt wurde.

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Corrie ten Boom about demonic teachings / Corrie ten Boom warnt vor falschen Lehren (Entrückung, Endzeit, Heiliger Geist)

Eine alte, aber sehr interessante Prophetie von Corrie ten Boom. Der ist leider in englisch, der Titel heisst “Die Zeit der Trübsal” und es geht darum, wie die Gemeinde in den letzten Tagen in der Kraft des Heiligen Geistes durch die letzten Jahre der Trübsal geführt wird. Corrie warnt hier vor falschen Propheten und Lehren und sagt auch, was sie von der “Entrückung vor der Trübsal” hält. Ich möchte nur einige Zitate übersetzen (und wäre froh, wenn mir jemand diesen Text unzensiert in deutscher Sprache besorgt):

Es gibt einige unter uns, die lehren, dass wir alle entrückt werden, bevor die große Trübsal hereinbricht. Dies sind die falschen Propheten, vor denen Jesus uns warnt, dass sie besonders in den letzten Tagen auftreten werden. […]

Jeder von uns braucht sein persönliches Pfingsten, die Taufe mit dem Heiligen Geist. Ohne werden wir in der Trübsalszeit niemals in der Lage sein, standhaft für Jesus zu stehen. ~ Corrie ten Boom, 1974

Dieser ganze Artikel über die Entrückung, Endzeit, Verfolgung der Gemeinde und darüber, wie man dieser Zeit trotz allem Gericht mit Freuden entgegensieht und durchsteht ist heutzutage aktueller denn je. Hier ist der ganze Text: Continue reading →

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