Praise God and pass the ammunition!!
Since my last communication to you, which would have been from Kinshasa, DRC, I was privileged to be able to attend the Czech Camp for young people. It was indeed a blessing for me to be there to participate and observe the procedure, and to be a witness to the moving of the Spirit of God. The theme of the camp was on the life of Jesus and the effort that the brethren put into it was well worth it.
There was a difference between this camp and previous ones in that there were young people from outside the local Prague fellowship who came to participate. There were some that came from as far away as London and some from the surrounding area of Prague. All in all there was a very good crowd of young people ranging from the very young to those in their mid-teens. The brethren experienced challenges relating to behavior, obedience, and discipline as some of the young people came with their problems and differences of their individual perspectives.
There were many skits planned for each day that depicted the life and development of Jesus Christ as He was growing and making His way to the cross. I can say that without exception, each of the programs that I attended had the anointing and covering of Jesus Christ. It was quite moving and brought the reality of the Word of God to life and into the 21st century.
During the progression of days concerning His life and ministry, the young people were given opportunity to reflect upon their lives and the things that were hindering them from obtaining a closer relationship with God. I was given the privilege of overseeing the English speaking contingent that was attending the camp. The age group I would guess would be from seven to fourteen year of age. I have to say I was amazed at their honesty concerning their individual problems. They were very frank about it and wrote them down on a piece of paper and after that we had a discussion about it. We were able to have a time of prayer afterwards with each one highlighting their particular need and asking God to forgive them and help them overcome the weakness.
I believe that the highlight of the camp ministry, for me, as well as for many, was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The reality of it all becomes quite predominate, as you see him hanging there between heaven and hell, the propitiation of all your sins and iniquities. It was indeed a time for personal self-examination, confession, and repentance. But then that is the word of God to the Holy Place Church in this hour. Stop in your transgression and sin, turn from it with a resoluteness of heart, and began to move aggressively from it toward the living reality of a resurrected Lord. Part of the trouble that the Holy Place church is in is that they initiated the process of salvation, by the acknowledgement of past sins and the acceptance of Jesus Christ, have been buried with Him in baptism but, as of yet, are refusing to walk in the newness of life and, as such, are in jeopardy of drowning. We seem to have the capacity of self, more than the capacity of Christ (Ephesians 4). We seem to be more interested in self-preservation than in death to self. If death to self is preached then the ministry is considered as being too hard or too demanding. I am not saying that there are not adjustments that can and should be made in the collective sense, but the collective sense is not something that will apply when we are asked as to why we, individually, have not put on our wedding garment. The friend that Jesus Christ referred to was a member of the Holy Place Church, one who once had the opportunity to be a part of the two witness company, but instead of being wise he found himself amongst the foolish, and when the door closed, he found himself on the outside!
There is a doctrine now being preached in the Holy Place church that is a strange doctrine of deception, a doctrine of strange fire. It is a spiritual spirit that has come as an angel of light to the members of the Holy Place church with a doctrine that makes excuses for sin. It is a doctrine that makes allowances and by which makes room for sin. It is a doctrine that takes the Scripture and twists it to say that it doesn’t mean what it says when the thought or the principle of the content of the Scripture is clearly a death to self-message. It is a doctrine that facilitates and perpetuates the formation and the solidification of the son of perdition; the Bible calls it the abomination of desolation that standeth in the Holy Place. The admonition is clear to those who minister within this realm between Heaven and Earth; they are to flee, not as one who runs to preserve one’s life, but they are to transcend this position of life to a higher level through the flaming swords of the cherubims that are represented in the Holy Place, by the Golden Altar of Incense that stands before the veil upon which the two cherubims are woven within the fabric of it. It is said that Jesus Christ came to baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. We willing accept the position of the anointing of that initial baptism of Holy Spirit; we bask in His presence and we look eagerly to and for the manifestation of the gifts and the ministry that comes because of it, but when confronted with the thought that we too must now die, we balk like the mule who has a mind of its own and has no willingness to submit to the will of its master. Jesus made it very clear to His disciples both then and now that there was a baptism that He Himself must endure, and so it is also with us; we too must be baptized with that baptism, we too must drink of the fullness of that cup. We must be broken that we might preserve the eternal flame that has been placed within our hearts, that it also might become evident to those around us.
The Bible is quite clear as to the position of service that those who desire to be called the sons of God must come as is stated in Romans 12:1, I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice. This is the Greek word “Zao” which by definition means “to live, breathe, be among the living (not lifeless, not dead)” [Strg G33936]. The following portion of the scripture defines the condition of said sacrifice, i.e. Holy as defined by Strong’s is the word “Hagios” which mean literally “the most holy thing.” This terminology “most holy” not only refers to the things that are in some way or manner connected directly to God, but it is also a term used to identify the Holy of Holies. That in and of itself is sufficient in that the offering had to be as perfect as the environment with which it was being offered. Let me again reiterate; the Holy of Holies was the place where the perfection that is God was to meet with man on the basis of the perfection of the sacrifice that was being offered.
We are now heading for the Congo, Brazzaville to be exact, from there we will fly to Bangui, which is the capitol of the Central African Republic where we will meet with several of the brethren from different places. I will be joining Brother Chijioke in Paris and we will fly from there to the Congo together. Your prayers are, as always, very much appreciated. As I mentioned your prayers are vital to the spiritual warfare we encounter.
A few days later…
Since we are just now able to send this note, I am back from the Congo where the meetings went very well. Praise the Lord! Please continue to pray as we are now in Sierra Leone. Communication is limited in Sierra Leone so we will keep you posted when we can.
God bless you,