"We must have a new reformation. There must come a violent break with the irresponsible, amusement-mad paganized psuedo-religion which passes today for the faith of Christ and which is being spread all over the world by unspiritual men employing unscriptural methods to achieve their ends." - A.W. Tozer"The church as we know it today seems a million miles from the New Testament church. That may be a great generalization, but I will stand on it. There is a gulf between our average Christianity and the church of the New Testament that makes the Grand Canyon look like a cavity in someone's tooth." - Leonard Ravenhill"We are living in a day of "Cookie-cutter Christianity" where we cut out an institutional mold that we derived from the world and try to shove God in it. The church of the Bible is not a business, it's a family. Far from being an institutional church like we see today, the New Testament lays down the unmistakable foundation of a relational church. What right do we have to lay another foundation that is different from the one that the holy apostles and prophets laid in New Testament times? In doing so, I am convinced, we have not only laid a different foundation altogether, but we have failed to base it on the Chief Cornerstone. How true it is that the builders rejected it! In rejecting the Cornerstone of Christ alone, and in rejecting the New Testament foundation of relational church, we have been forced to turn to the world for our foundation; a foundation of institutionalism, commercialism, and Hollywood-ism." - Josef Urban"If you had asked, "Where is the church?" in any important city of the ancient world where Christianity had penetrated in the first century, you would have been directed to a group of worshipping people gathered in a house. There was no special building or other tangible wealth with which to associate 'church', only people!" - Walter Oetting"The church is not a building, it is a people. God does not dwell inside of buildings; He dwells inside of people! The dwelling place of God is in the midst of the 'ekklesia' , the saints who have been called out from the world, sanctified and made holy, and assembled together in the name of Christ as a living, breathing, moving, active, BODY that edifies itself in love. Down with the dead 'clergy-laity' schism, and up with royal preisthood activism!" - Josef Urban
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Thank you for sharing this. These quotes are from my site! Praise the Lord. I'm desperate to see the Lord bring about another grass-roots revolutionary movement across this world. We need to rise up and take the Kingdom by force with a righteous indignation and a holy violence!
There is a remnant, beloved. Oh, Alleluia. Just this very weekend we had a "Gathering of Eagles" at the Community Church of Ratclif, Texas. Saints came from Iowa, Florida, Louisiana, and Texas. About the only thing consistant with the meetings was the Praise and Worship that began each meeting. No agenda, just wait on the Holy Spirit. Virtually everyone who desired to speak was free to do so. All but one attending did speak. Saturday night we went from 6PM to 11PM. 22 speakers in 5 hours. There was prayer before, during, and after each session. God was very gracious to us all. This is the common format for church service at this church. We are also involved in prison ministry, deliverance from artificial substances, food ministry, and more. The desire is to grow more and more like the first century church. Praise God. I've been looking for an alive church like this for years. I'm so thrilled by it that I'm moving to Ratclif to be a part of it. Glory to God. I can hardly wait to see what happens next. Thank You Jesus. So there is hope, beloved. It can begin in your town, in your house. Just seek the Lord as to what He would have you do. Let His glory begin.In Him,"O"
Vance Havner - "The first step towards the evangelizing of the world is the christianizing of the church" - http://www.devcobaptist.org/clientimages/31831/excerptfromtheunfinishedworkofchrist-1.wmaLeonard Ravenhill - "Until the church is holy there'll be no rapture - I don't care what theory of the rapture you have" - http://www.devcobaptist.org/clientimages/31831/noraptureuntilthechurchisholy.wma