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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Food for Thought.

Be ye fishers of men….You catch them, He’ll clean them!

Think conservative churches.  The Amish are about as conservative as you can get. So would it surprise you to know that they became a byword for disorder & fanaticism because of *aberrations* amonst their congregations?  Read: they were charismatic in practice & belief.

The Huguenots, who so inflamed the Catholic church in France they were persecuted almost to the point of extinction, were noted for the prophetic anointing amongst their children & a strong bent towards manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

The Quakers I've talked about before.  Visions, prophecies, raising the dead, tongues & such uncompromising consciences that at one point 15,000 Quakers languished in English prisons!  And they had a really bad habit of calling out the judges who sentenced them!

Under both Wesley & Whitefield's preaching people fell down under the power of the Holy Spirit.
When God moves signs & wonders follow.  Where there is stagnation, there is no Life.

Pause for thought.

Why has the Christian Church become so afraid of the power of God ¬ even gone so far as to deny it?  Every Rivival in history has been accompanied by signs & wonders.  When religion gets in & formalises everything the signs & wonders cease & all that is left is religion.

God loves to reveal Himself to His people.  He likes to get up close & personal. So why do we grieve the Holy Spirit by pushing Him away because how He reveals Himself does not fit in neatly with our doctrine?

I knew about the Quakers & Methodists but the thought of Anabaptists whirling about under the influence of the Holy Spirit gives me something of a massive giggle.


Joyfulmum said...

interesting! I didn't know that about the Quakers or the Amish! good food for thought here for sure!

Ganeida said...

Joyfulmum: There are others too ~ though less well known. Some of them were still denying the gifts asthey operated in them! So weird.

Ruby said...

Could you give me a link re the Hugenots and their u derstanding of the Holy Spirit.

Ganeida said...

Ruby: The book I am referencing is 2000 years of Charismatic Christianity by Eddie L. Hyatt published by Charisma House 1996 chpt 12 which starts on pg 86 of my copy.

This link also asserts their charismatic manifestations.

They really caused a problem to the Catholic church in France, being strongly evangelical, as most revivalist movements are.

Jan Lyn said...

Very interesting and made me smile!
The Holy Spirit does not check in with all our religious doctrines and traditions before moving. And that's so refreshing! :)