Why Remain Separated?
Why do the Revival Centres remain separated from other Pentecostal Churches?
This article is taken from the magazine “Voice of Revival” published by the Revival Centres in Australia. It explains why the Revival Centres do not seek fellowship with other churches, not wanting to risk the Word of God being compromised. Please note, however, that Christian Assemblies International indeed fellowship with other like-minded Christian churches.
Perhaps a statement concerning our beliefs in the fundamentals of salvation could pave the way for answers to this question.
We believe, that the receiving, at baptism, of the Holy Spirit identifies the man with God, the church of God and the gospel of salvation.
We believe, that there is one Spirit to receive and that this one Spirit is described in ROMANS 8 alone as,
"...the Spirit...the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus...the Spirit of God...the Spirit of Christ...the Spirit of him...that raised up Jesus from the dead...the Spirit of adoption..."
We believe, that there is one experience, and that the promised
"baptism of the Holy Spirit" is also the Pentecostal experience of being
"filled with the Holy Ghost" (ACTS 2:4); and again Paul speaks of the same experience
"Have ye received the Holy Ghost..." (ACTS 19).
"For by one spirit we are baptized into one body" - means that this experience embraces salvation and our immediate entry into the body of Christ - the church.
We believe, Jesus told us of His saving, abiding presence as embracing the Pentecostal experience.
"Now I tell you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may believe that I am he. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me" (JOHN 13:19-20). To receive the Holy Spirit is to receive Jesus Christ. Jesus said so! Before He went away, He warned us of the coming Pentecost. He said of the Holy Spirit:
"I am He!"
We believe, that church unity is indeed provided by the receiving of the Holy Spirit, and that we are directed to:
"Endeavouring to keep the unity (oneness - togetherness)
of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (EPHESIANS 4:3).
We believe, to preach less than the above experience as described is to preach another gospel (GALATIANS 1:9), and that innumerable scriptures identify the fact that the gospel of salvation is totally subject to the receiving of the Pentecostal Holy Spirit.
We are aware of many spirit-filled brothers and sisters who accept a gospel less than that of the Bible. Who directly or indirectly dispense a brand of salvation other than the one we describe.
We believe, that God has unified His church by the uniting experience of the Holy Spirit, that unity is spiritual as such, and therefore there is no need of our presumptuous endeavours to improve the status quo.
We believe, we are in God-given unity with every spirit-filled believer, but we read,
"Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us" (2 THESSALONIANS 3:6).
To those who are busily engaged in unifying the churches we say - don't be high-minded. God has already provided the basis for unity, but your provision of a lesser basis for unity is destroying the principle of the Spirit.
We believe, that God is faithfully filling millions with the Holy Spirit thus providing the promised unity; but we note with sorrow that millions are
"falling away" from their first love and dispensing
"salvation" other than by the Spirit.
In answer to our original question. This is the main reason why we do not fellowship with other Pentecostal groups - we offer advice - if it is wanted - we do not believe all Pentecostals will necessarily get together physically or geographically. Indeed this is the work of the Holy Spirit Who is not hindered by time or location.
We believe, that all spirit-filled people who have
"kept the faith" by continuing to respect and uphold the plan of God for our day are continuing in the unity of the Spirit. To them, wherever they may be, we send our prayers and encouragement to
"hold on" and refuse to be deceived by the compromises and false prophets who are deceiving millions by leading their people back into the apostate past. The apostle Paul warned
"...that after my departing shall grievous (savage)
wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock" (ACTS 20:29).
We believe, that along with this
"falling away" has come a number of extravagances that have turned many away from the Lord and from
"decent" conduct within the churches. A number of these anomalies will be dealt with separately in this edition. One would need to re-write the Bible to avoid the vast array of scriptures identifying the Holy Spirit baptism with salvation and the separation involved.
We believe that the Revival Centres are privileged along with all spirit-filled believers to preach the truth as it was preached to us, and to faithfully hold fast to our beliefs as indicated. We exhort all spirit-filled believers to do likewise. The world is laughing at us - we claim spiritual unity - we have received spiritual unity - but some settle for less - others think quantity at the expense of quality. Pentecostal churches now allow immorality, smoking, drinking, private interpretations, extravagances, unscriptural handling of "demons", dancing in the spirit, etc., etc.
There are many assemblies throughout the world who are managing quite well without the "extras". We propose, with God's help to do likewise!!
by Pastor L. Longfield
Source: ‘Voice of Revival’