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God has laid on my heart the need for a renewal of that fire baptism that the Wesleys were so gracious as to share with us. For many years, the work of men like Bishop Seymour in Azusa, California and Agnes Ozman in Ohio state, lead people to a consecration and a single minded devotion that brought powerful testimony of God’s love and grace as well as his direct intervention in the daily lives of believers.
The ministry of the many branches of the Wesleyan Methodist Episcopal Church led people to this deeper consecration by teaching the basic principles of genuine Christian practice. They lived the character of the Apostles creed and they practiced a simple trust in the character and nature of God that had a dynamic effect.
The late 20’th century saw the advent of a New Age of anti-Christian Mysticism and metaphysics. This movement has polluted the very fabric of American society and the Western world at large. It has infiltrated the schools and public service agencies with a message of religious humanism where Mankind is elevated to the status of gods in training. This Spirit of Antichrist has even made insurgencies into the leadership of once powerful ministries including mainline denominations and the Wesleyan movement in all it’s sundry expressions has not been unaffected.
It is time for a change; not a reinvention of the wheel, but a real repentance. The Wesleyan movement has always been an outspoken advocate of Evangelism and of the need for a spirit filled life. My own roots are with the Assemblies of God, which, as many of you will know, owes its origins to the work of spirit filled Wesleyan Episcopal priests and ministers. These men were inspired by the writings of Bishop Seymour and by the testimonies of real people touched by the healing hand of our precious savior.
The Assemblies of God is a fine organization. They have a written doctrine contained in the16 Fundamental Truths that is clearly biblical and just as clearly a variation on the central theme of Wesley’s three moments of salvation (i.e. Salvation, Sanctification, & Fire Baptism). That is fine as far as it goes. But, even in this esteemed organization. there are those who have espoused the fancies of the New Age and preach a brand of metaphysics, wherein God is reduced to a vending machine for those who are strong willed enough to wish things into being. For these men and women prayer is nothing more than demanding what you want like a spoiled child, or a thaumaturgical rite where calling on significant names binds celestial beings to do one’s bidding. Thankfully, such malpractice is still relatively rare, but sadly it exists.
This letter is intended as an invitation. In a sense it is an old fashioned Methodist altar call. I am inviting you to join me in prayer for America. Not the ecumenical papist prayer that asks a generic God to rubber stamp the activities of our civil authorities. Instead I’m asking you to pray in fear and in trembling that the unchanging God who destroyed Sodom and Babylon with equal contempt, will bring the leadership of the American Churches to a place of repentance. We need an outpouring of that Old Time Fire that moved and shaped the Wesleyan movement so long ago.
Let’s pray that God will bring true repentance and the blessings that inevitably will follow. Let’s pray for the single minded devotion of the early church. Let’s reclaim the term true believer which has become a pejorative in the media. If you are interested in joining this effort or if you have a specific prayer request, please write or email me at email@example.com. As God moves, we hope to begin circulating a praise report of God’s intervention and intercession on the part of a praying people.
Fred Franklin Davis Junior