A Message to the Congregation from the Welsh Revival
In the Messianic/Hebrew roots world we often are to quick to throw the baby out with the bath water. Because of all that we see around us in the inherited churches is corrupt, we think all of church history is corrupt. This just isn’t true when one actually reads the history. There are always those who are cleaning out more and more of the Babylonian counterfeit faith. Back in the Middle Ages our cart was full of it. After the Reformation much was discovered and put out. But there is always more and there are always those who keep putting it back in the cart. We do not need to reinvent the Christian wheel. We just need to push it further down the road. We need to clean out more of Babylon. Throw it out of our cart and leave it on the side of the road.
There were only four points preached for The Revival by Evens Roberts. They are as valid now as they were then.
1. Confess all known sin
2. Deal with and get rid of anything ‘doubtful’ in your life
3. Be ready to obey the Holy Spirit instantly
4. Confess Messiah publicly
So the first thing one needs is a full list of what God considers sin. These always come in two kinds – sins of commission, sins of omission.
Sins of commission are those things we set out to do. We set our course and complete our task.
Sins of omission are those things that are required by God that we either didn’t know about or we didn’t care about.
There are Ten Commandments they are in Ex 20. (Wouldn’t hurt to memorize them. Put them in your liturgy. We did.) All abominable practices should be put out [Deut 18:9-14]. There is a rather complete list of do’s and don’t in Gal 5:16-24; Eph. 4-6; Col. 3:5-11, the purpose of which is to renew our minds, Eph. 4:23 with the added warning that to continue in these things is giving opportunity to the devil Eph. 4:27.
As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 1 Tim. 5:20
These are the things that we think might be wrong but we don’t know if there is a verse that says so. The old adage of “When in doubt throw it out” works well here. It is better to have stopped doing something and find out that it is allowed then to continue doing something and find out it is sin.
We were commanded to seek first the Kingdom of God so if the doubtful things are taking up time and effort they are really not helping in your Christian walk. To live in the Congregation is to be about God’s Kingdom. To be seeking the Kingdom is to seek and know what The King and His Kingdom need you to do.
Listening to the Holy Spirit
This is just another step in that believers walk of seeking the Kingdom. Remember the goal is the King and HIS Kingdom. Our lives are already forfeited. We are not our own but rather the temple of the Holy Spirit. Keep your temple clean and you will hear His direction. But there really is no reason to seek the Spirit for something that is already written down in the Bible.
5 For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we shall certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the sinful body might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. 7 For he who has died is freed from sin. 8 But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him. 9 For we know that Christ being raised from the dead will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. 10 The death he died he died to sin, once for all, but the life he lives he lives to God. 11 So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus. Rom. 6:5-11
Public Confession of Messiah/Christ
Many have no problem with this. Some find it obliging to be stealth believers, for they fear men more than God. Whatever gave them the idea that this is acceptable to God is inconceivable? Our lives are already to be forfeited. We are either for Him or against Him.
. . . but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven. Matt. 10:33
2 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Col. 3:1-4
If you need some backbone read “Foxe’s book of Martyrs” do not continue to live a life that is a shame those who came before you. Do not lose the faith they died to pass on. If they could go to the stake for their faith surly you can lose a job.