Today is Pentecost Sunday. As William Booth of the Salvation Army said in his well known hymn, “Send The Fire” – we need another Pentecost.. To have that happen the church needs to repent of her follies and heresies. Jesus called on the churches in the Book of Revelation. To have another Pentecost, means we get filled with the Holy Ghost as they were on the Day of Pentecost. They received the power which was speaking in other tongues. The fire of God on display became the judgement of God on the nation of Israel, the Temple and Jerusalem. All was destroyed in AD 66-73 according to the vision of Daniel 9:24-27. To receive what they had at Pentecost we need to be filled with the Holy Ghost speaking in other tongues and to preach the Word of the Gospel of Christ as they did throughout the whole book of Acts.
We have been watching Joseph Prince, of Singapore, fairly regularly, each Sunday evening. He comes across as pleasant, charismatic, engaging and having a good knowledge of the Bible. As we have listened to what he said, sometimes it took a while in the course of his sermon to pick up what the basis of his preaching really was. Perhaps that is because we too have been slightly brain-washed by modern day preaching that we hear when we return from India to Australia, particularly on all of the channels. They are Australian Christian Television, Trinity (TBN), God Channel, and others. Alarmingly, all of the Charismatic and Pentecostal preachers (except maybe a couple of black ones from the States) follow the same line.