I wanted to post two short video clips by Ern Baxter from the series he preached on Romans at the Anglia Bible Week. They are well worth listening to because he very wisely addresses the issue of "experiencing the Holy Spirit". I debated whether to post these or not because I was watching to see if the Lakeland, Florida Revival has got over the issues that Toronto used to have. What do I mean by that? Don't get defensive! I am very VERY pro the Lakeland Revival! I am so excited! I can't believe that Chuck Pierce prophesied this in 2005! This is of God! But the critics of Toronto quickly seized on the fact that there was a "copying" of phenomenon. In some instances it became such an issue that; "if you didn't fall then you hadn't received the blessing". Or if; "You didn't shake, rattle and roll then you hadn't received the blessing".
Now it seems Todd Bentley likes to go "Pow!". So what?! God is moving and using him! But let's not get into the temptation of thinking that we all have to go "Pow!" for God to use us in the same way as He is using Todd Bentley. We can listen openly to Ern Baxter speak about this because he was a self-proclaimed and proud charismatic! He lived and died not regretting his openness to the Holy Spirit but his love for the Word of God! As Rob Rufus frequently says; "Let's not go seeking after the power but the Presence". What happens when He comes is not as important as the fact that HE HAS COME!!
Here they are (they're quite funny!):
Did you note what Ern said at the end of the second video clip? Sounds very similar to Rob Rufus doesn't it! He isn't belittling our spiritual experiences or our "goosebumps" (one of Ern's favourite phrases for describing the coming of the Spirit). But we MUST MUST MUST have this revelation that we are righteous before God the Father! That will set us free to enjoy all the shaking, falling, rattling, rolling, and "Pows!" that we like!
Ooh come Lord!! The United Kingdom needs Your Presence!! Hong Kong needs Your Presence!! Canada needs Your Presence!!