Friday, April 10, 2015

Where is Today's Amy?


 Soldier Silhouette At Sunset

I remembering reading stories about William Booth and the early days of the Salvation Army. Very few people realize how radical his ideas were for his day or how dangerous they were.  Several members of that early group were killed and it wasn't unusual to have rocks or even dead animals thrown at you (regardless of your gender) for being a part of this army of God. Ridicule was the order of the day.  And it wasn't just non-Christians who denounced his activities.  The church also struggled to come to grips with Booth's "unorthodox" methodologies.  A leader in the Church of England even denounced him as the Anti-Christ!

My prayer is that in these last days God will raise up men and women who will be so radical that they will offend even the Christians.  Not men and women of compromise and complacency; we have plenty of those.  But ones who will contend for the faith once delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).  We no longer need just a revival but a total reformation in the Church today.

Here is a hymn written by booth that is just as apropos today as it was when he penned it:

Send the Fire

Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Thy blood-bought gift today we claim,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Look down and see this waiting host,
Give us the promised Holy Ghost;
We want another Pentecost,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

God of Elijah, hear our cry:
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To make us fit to live or die,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To burn up every trace of sin,
To bring the light and glory in,
The revolution now begin,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

’Tis fire we want, for fire we plead,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
The fire will meet our every need,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
For strength to ever do the right,
For grace to conquer in the fight,
For pow’r to walk the world in white,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

To make our weak hearts strong and brave,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
To live a dying world to save,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!
Oh, see us on Thy altar lay
Our lives, our all, this very day;
To crown the off’ring now we pray,
Send the fire, send the fire, send the fire!

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