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"THE NAMBY PAMBY ALMOST GOOD NEWS"


 Following in part: by the WORDS of CREATION thru Catherine Booth, from “Aggressive Christianity"


        A standard, not only to be aimed at, but to be attained unto a standard of victory over sin, the world, the flesh, and the Devil, real, living, reigning, triumphing, 'Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. He that committed sin is of the Devil; for the Devil sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the Devil.' We CAN all attain it if we [only] will. (1John 7-8)
       It seems to me that [most] come infinitely short of any right and rational idea of the aggressive spirit of the New Testament saints. Satan has got [professing] Christians to accept what I may call a namby-pamby, kid glove kind of system of presenting the Gospel to people.
      That is the sort of half-frightened, timid way of putting the truth before unconverted people, and of talking to them about the Salvation of their souls. It seems to me this is utterly antagonistic and repugnant to the spirit of the early saints: 'Go ye, and preach the Gospel to EVERY CREATURE,' Seek them out, run after them, wherever you can get at them. 'Every creature,' wherever you find a creature that has a soul--there go and preach My Gospel to [them.] If I understand it, that is the meaning and the spirit of the commission. . . 

. . . And then again, to Paul He says, 'Unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God.' They are asleep--go and wake them up. They do not see their danger. If they did, there would be no necessity for you to run after them. They are preoccupied. Open their eyes, and turn them round by your desperate earnestness. Do not rest content with just putting it before them, giving them gentle invitations, and then leaving them alone. He ran after them, poor things, and pulled them out of the fire. Take the bandage off their eyes which Satan has bound round them; knock and hammer and burn in, with the fire of the Holy Ghost, your words into their poor, hardened, darkened hearts, until they begin to realize that they are IN DANGER; that there is something amiss. Go after them. . . .

    . . . They 'went everywhere, preaching the Word.' The laity, the new converts, the young babes in Christ. He says, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.' 'I will have guests, and if you can't get them in by civil measures, use military measures. Go and COMPEL them to come in.' It seems to me that we want more of this determined aggressive spirit. .

. . .{The professors of Christianity say]. . .  you must be very careful, very judicious. You must not thrust religion down people's throats. Then, I say, you will never get it down.
          What! Am I to wait till an unconverted, godless man wants to be saved before I try to save him? He will never want to be saved till the death rattle is in his throat. What! Am I to let my unconverted friends and acquaintances drift down quietly to damnation, and never tell them about their souls. Verily we must make them look--tear the bandages off, open their eyes, make them bear it, and if they run away from you in one place, meet them in another, and let them have no peace until they submit to God and get their souls saved. This is what Christianity ought to be doing in this land, and there are plenty of Christians to do it. . .                                       

. . . Men are preoccupied, and it is for us to go and force it upon their attention. There they are, to be looked at, and talked with, and questioned--people rescued from the depths of sin, degradation, and woe-saved from the worst forms of crime and infamy; and, if He can do that, He can save your genteel friends, if only you will go to them desperately and determinedly. Take them lovingly by the button hole, and say, 'My dear friend, I never spoke to you closely, carefully, and prayerfully about your soul.' Let them see the tears in your eyes; or, if you cannot weep, let them hear the tears in your voice, and let them realize that you feel their danger, and are in distress for them. God will give His Holy Spirit, and they will be delivered.  Are you doing all you can for their Salvation? Your relatives, friends, and acquaintances are to be rescued. . .  

. . . Opposition! It is a bad sign for the Christianity of this day that it provokes so little opposition. If there were no other evidence of it being wrong, I should know it from that. When the church and the world can jog along comfortably together, you may be sure there is something wrong.  [When] Christians were equally faithful and devoted to the Lord, and separated from the world, living so that their lives were a reproof to all ungodliness, the world would hate them as much as ever it did.

. . . You say, 'We should be getting into endless turmoil.' Yes; 'I came not to bring peace on the earth, but a sword.' There would be uproar. Yes; and the Acts of the Apostles are full of stories of uproars. . .

. . . That dignity will never suffer even though you should have to be dragged through the streets with a howling mob at your heels, like Jesus Christ, if you have gone into those streets for the souls of your fellow-men and the glory of God. Though you should be tied to a stake, as were the martyrs of old, and surrounded by laughing and taunting fiends and their howling followers--that will be a dignity  which shall be crowned in Heaven, crowned with everlasting glory. If I understand it,  that is the dignity of the Gospel—the dignity of love. I do not envy, I do not covet any other. I desire no other--God is my Witness--than the dignity of love. . .


. . . Oh, friends! will you get this baptism of love! Then you will, like the Apostles, be willing to push your limbs into a basket, and so be let down by the wall, if need be, or suffer shipwreck, hunger, peril, nakedness, fire, or sword, or even go to the block itself, if thereby you may extend His Kingdom and win souls for whom He shed His Blood. The Lord fill us with this love and baptize us with this fire, and then the Gospel will arise and become glorious in the earth, and men will believe in us, and in it. They will feel its power, and they will go down under it by thousands, and, by the grace of God, they SHALL.     [Again]  . . . Acts 26: 18, ”But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness unto whom now I send thee, to open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive omitting, REMOVAL of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified, recreated holy, pure and set aside by faith that is in Me [His faith]. . .  ”

. . . 'Oh!' people say, 'it is good news.' Yes, thank God, it is good news, indeed--news without which we must all have been lost. It is the news of the free, measureless, undeserved, reconciling mercy of God, offered to me through the vicarious, infinite, glorious sacrifice of His Son, to the end that I may BE DELIVERED FROM SIN [not to sin] here and from Hell hereafter!! . . .

. . . Take the illustration of the Prodigal Son. The mischief was all in him--not in his father. The father loved him before he went away, and the father loved him afterwards. The father's benevolent heart yearned over him all the time he was away, and many a time, perchance, he went to the roof of his house to look over the expanse of country over which the rebellious lad had gone and wondered whether he would ever come back. . .

. . . .The father's heart was yearning over him all the time. How was it that he could not be reinstated in the father's love and in the family privileges? Because there needed a change of heart -a change of mind in HIM. If he had come back to the old homestead with the same rebellious spirit in him, the same desire to be free from the father's oversight, the same unwillingness to be put under the FATHER's DOMINION and DISCIPLINE, he would still have been a rebel and a prodigal. In the very nature of the case, until there was the necessary change, a wise and righteous father could not pardon him; he must insist, though he loves him dearly, upon a certain change of mind before he can consistently pardon him. Just as the father might not pardon the prodigal, irrespective of the prodigal's state of mind and heart, so neither can God pardon the sinner irrespective of the state of his mind and heart . . .   

. . . Temporal rebels can find out by themselves the insanity and wickedness of their course. They can see where it will lead them. They can see the destructive consequences, and be sorry for the course they have taken. They can lay down their weapons of rebellion, and they can conform to the conditions on which the Delivers’ Good News about . . .

. . . “But NOW at the end of the world, [Jesus] was manifested to put away [laid aside, omitted, removed]  sin by the sacrifice of Himself. As He, Jesus, by one offering has perfected, recreated mentally and morally complete forever those who are set aside in His holiness and purity. By laying aside EVERY weight and SIN that so easily besets us. . . ”                                                                              

. . . Having, by the Holy Ghost, made us realize our desperate condition, then comes the Gospel to meet us just where we are, on condition that we abandon our evil ways, and do the works meet for repentance, which we are able to do by the power of the Holy Spirit, as well as to lay down the weapons of our rebellion and accept of Christ, put our neck under His yoke, and pledge ourselves in heart to FOLLOW HIM ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIFE. These are the conditions involved. The heart of the rebel is won back to its Lord, and the indispensable change has taken place in the being himself. He has come back to God. His eyes are opened to see the evil of sin, and the desperate state he is in. Tired of himself, and tired of his evil ways, as the Prodigal was of the swine yard, he arises, leaves them, and goes to his father. . . .

. . . You will say, 'If we are able to abandon our evil courses, and lay down the weapons of rebellion, is that not saving ourselves?' No, dear friends; it is altogether different. You see it is the indispensable condition of Salvation in every one of the passages we read, and in many others--that we abandon our evil ways. As John 1: 12 states, “to as many received Him, to them He gave power to become the children of GOD, to them that believe on His name/nature. . .

. . .  God requires me to abandon all that I CAN, as a condition of Salvation, and then, when He saves, He will give me power to abandon all that I could; not before. The Prodigal had to come away from the swine yard, the filth, and the husks, before he got into the father's house, and sat down at the father's feast, but when he had done so, then the father said, 'Come in,' and he brought the best robe and put it on him, and killed the fatted calf, and put the ring of forgiveness upon his hand. Hence, as the old divines used to put it, 'You must wait for the Lord in the path of His ordinances,' the path of obedience, as far as is possible to you. And is there any other way? Can the drunkard wait for Him while he abides at his cup? Can the thief wait for Him while he continues in his diabolical trade? Can any man indulging in absolute open sin find the Lord? Must he not, as the Savior says, cut off that right hand, and pluck out that right eye? He never can cleanse his guilt, but he CAN cut off his hand, and when he does that, then the Holy Spirit will come in and apply the Blood, and do the cleansing . . .

. . . I must be MADE RIGHT, as well as treated as if I were right. I must be changed as well as justified. This is the Gospel put as clearly in our text as it could be, and also the Epistles written by the Apostle Paul, the great expounder of the doctrine of justification by faith, but not without sanctification, made holy and set aside, as it only culminates in this order, 1Cor. 6:11 “But you were washed, you were set aside holy, you were justified, made innocent in the name [nature] of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of Holiness. 1Cor. 6:11. . .                                                                                                                                           
. . . Open their eyes'--that is the first thing. Oh! How my soul has often shrunk and wept under the sense of the awful responsibility this brings upon us Christians. The world is asleep. Yes, friends, your relations, your neighbors-they are asleep. They are preoccupied. They are full of the world, and the things of the world. They will not think--they will not see--they will not look into the Word of Life. Your responsibility comes here tenfold . . .

. . . Go AND WAKE THEM! You CAN DO IT, if you have the Holy Ghost in you! Jesus Christ set Paul to do this, and Paul did it. He says, 'Knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord, we persuade men.' His was no meek and mild putting of the truth, and leaving people to do as they liked. 'Knowing, therefore, the TERROR of the Lord, we PERSUADE men, because we thus judge that if one died for all, then were all dead'; and, Oh! What success the Lord gave him in his desperate enterprise. What multitudes did he persuade, and succeed in turning round from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God!

 


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The above was written by the SPIRIT of HOLINESS thru Catherine Booth, from “Aggressive Christianity.” 

She, by the WORD, along with her husband, William Booth, were two of the greatest soul winners since apostle Paul, and they knew more about godliness, holiness, purity, than all the false teachers of today.

The original lecture series was about 196 pages, now condensed, but NOT changed, by the MIND of CHRIST thru Mrs. Booth, a sanctified saint (No other kind!) 

So if you really want to SEE the works of the Words of CREATION thru a woman, put the words "Aggressive Christianity" in your Christian search box, and click GO! It is a real good thing, as to SEE the DIVINE WORD of GOD work thru a woman, as HE does thru a man, or child!

Matter of fact it may rid you of the limiting doctrines of "fallen mankind," and jealousy there-from on the situation, of having the WORD use a woman as a soul winner . . . . . and a child . . . 

QUOTE . . . "If any man (woman or child) want to argue this, we have NO such customs in the Body of CHRIST [the WORD of CREATION!]" 1COR. 11: 16 (Your version more than likely do not state the same.)

Only the d-evils kids want to LIMIT the BODY of CHRIST, to just "men!" (See 1John 3: 5-9 and Gal. 5: 24 for the WORD's description of the "d-evil's children!)

 

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