There are two errors to be avoided - dictatorship and
lawlessness. Unorganized churches frequently have a tighter ring of fellowship than those
organized. Sects generally begin with an honest effort to preserve and restore some long
lost truth, but they end in division. History repeats itself. No religious body has ever
recovered itself after loosing its "first love". To be like Jesus is the
standard that God has set for us. If Heaven is real, we should live like it, this will
produce "Pentecost". The human spirit too often dominates, while love and
humility are clothed in rags and sit by the wayside begging. The gentle Jesus is often
pushed aside and knocked down in church meetings. Sin and the "flesh" will kill
any "Pentecost". The doctor looks at the tongue first. Have you been speaking
evil? Evil speaking denotes a bad heart and every radical movement for God has ultimately
failed on the test of love.
We need holiness of heart. It is a vital error to substitute light for heat. "Knowledge puffeth up, but charity (love), edifieth." Read I Cor. 13 once more. Be not drawn away from "the simplicity that is in Christ." Faith gets the most, love works the most, humility keeps the most. God's vision comes to humble men. He who seeks to make footprints and do sublime things is a failure. A self-conscious poser is a loser. Let self intrude and the whole is spoiled. Excellency is proportioned to the oblivion of self. A fisher for compliments has lost God. Self-consciousness must go. We are too conscious of the other fellow, we need a God-consciousness. Humility, not infallibility, becomes fallen creatures. Infallibility is the apex of Satan's proposition to man. The deepest repentance and humility and our own frailty and weakness must be realized before we can know God's strength. Receding guns vanish out of sight after firing and so must we, for safety. WE NEED TO BE BROKEN!
Reference Used - "Azusa Street" by Frank Bartleman
From: A Revival Source Center