3 D Part 4 Hearts burning, souls on fire: 1897 to 1932
“… And, behold, the LORD passed by,
“and a great and strong wind rent the mountains…
“but the LORD was not in the wind:
“and after the wind an earthquake;
“but the LORD was not in the earthquake:
“And after the earthquake a fire;
“but the LORD was not in the fire:
“and after the fire a still small voice.
—1 Kings 19:11, 12
“As it is written, There is none righteous,
no, not one:”—Romans 3:10
These next posts (3D Parts 5–9) include not only people and organizations
with obviously pagan beliefs, but Evangelicals and organizations that use
some of the same language as those from the kingdom of darkness.
I am not judging whether these Evangelicals are Christians. But we must
be diligent to compare what is said (including myself) to what the Bible
Christians’ sin is covered by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and in accepting Jesus as our Saviour and Lord we are declared righteous. To shift this focus to anything else, including purifying fire, experience, or good works in order to secure God’s favor or power is not Biblical, as it nullifies Jesus’ finished work, and replaces faith in God’s Word with our own efforts.
- “For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.”
“…and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.”—Acts 17:11
“And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while
he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?“—Luke 24:32
“Receive, I pray thee, the law from his mouth, and lay up his words in thine heart.“—Job 22:22
“Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.”—John 5:39
“For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every
one that believeth.”—Romans 10:4
“But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth…he shall testify of me:”
“But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.“—Ephesians 2:13
“But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
—2 Corinthians 10:17
Ascended Masters of Theosophy
The term Ascended Masters, first introduced by theosophists in 1934, was further popularized by other theosophist books and organizations such as The Summit Lighthouse, 1958, and The Temple of The Presence, 1995.
Adherents of the Ascended Master Teachings believe that each person is an incarnation of an “Individualized Presence” of the
“Most High Living God”—the “Mighty I AM Presence…”
“The Magic Presence”, Godfre Ray King,
Saint Germain Press 1935
“The ‘Almighty God Flame,’ breathing within Itself,
projects Two Rays into the ‘Great Sea of Pure Electronic Light.’
…Each Ray has all the Attributes of the Godhead within It…
The Individualized Flame sends down into each Ray
a Focal Point, or Spark, forming a Heart Center upon which gathers the ‘Electronic Light Substance’…”
“Within the ‘Pure God-Flame’ is a Breath that pulsates constantly. This `Great Fire-Breath’ is a Rhythmic Outpouring of Divine Love…”
March 22 The Burning Heart
“Did not our heart burn within us?” Luke 24:32
“We need to learn this secret of the burning heart. Suddenly Jesus appears to us, the fires are kindled, we have wonderful visions, then we have to learn to keep
the secret of the burning heart that will go through anything.
It is the dull, bald, dreary, commonplace day, with commonplace
duties and people, that kills the burning heart unless we have learned the secret of abiding in Jesus.
“Much of our distress as Christians comes not because of sin, but because we are ignorant of the laws of our own nature. For instance, the only test as to whether we ought to allow an emotion to have its way is to see what the outcome of the emotion will be. Push it to its logical conclusion, and if the outcome is something God would condemn, allow it no more way. But if it be an emotion kindled by the Spirit of God and you do not let that emotion have its right issue in your life, it will react on
a lower level…”
excerpt from Fellowship of the Burning Heart
By Bill Bright (1921–2003)
In 1947, I had a unique, life-changing experience with the Holy Spirit. It happened in a little cottage at Forrest Home, California. Henrietta Mears, Lou Evans, Jr., Dick Halverson, and I were forever changed when the Holy Spirit came upon us in a super-natural way…Out of that experience, before the night was over, we formed what we called the Fellowship of the Burning Heart.
We committed ourselves to make Christ the Lord of our lives and live expendably for Him. We made an impossible list of do’s and dont’s to keep, and it wasn’t long before we all violated them all…We set a very high standard for ourselves. To be a member of the Fellowship, one had to spend an hour every day in the Scriptures and in prayer. He had to witness to someone every day and follow other very rigid rules.
We were willing to pay the price of discipleship, but soon most of us had broken those standards and had failed to measure up to our high resolve…We had begun to operate in the energy of the flesh in order to fulfill the work of the Spirit, and it doesn’t work that way…While the Fellowship of the Burning Heart no longer exists, my heart is still burning. Copyright (c) 2002, Bill Bright.
Aiden Wilson Tozer 1897 to 1963
Excerpt from the preface to The Pursuit of God by Tozer
“This book is a modest attempt to aid God’s hungry children so to find Him. Nothing here is new except in the sense that it is a discovery which my own heart has made of spiritual realities most delightful and wonderful to me. Others before me have gone much farther into these holy mysteries than I have done, but if my fire is not large
it is yet real, and there may be those who can light
their candle at its flame.”
A. W. Tozer
June 16, 1948
To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart.
—Chapter 1 of The Pursuit of God, p. 9
Campus Crusade started by Bill Bright
from Campus Crusades’ current site:
Fire is contagious, provided it has material to consume. The more logs you add to the fire, the healthier and more massive it becomes.
Evangelistic fire is the same way.
No matter the method, a fire always starts the same
way. One spark that turned into a flame, which, when it consumed enough of the wood around it, turned into a raging fire.
“Prayer on the Porch” brings with it a spark that, when
it touches the people around you who have a heart for ministry, turns into a flame capable of igniting a fire
of outreach that can burn in the collective heart of your entire church.
Vance Havner (1901 to 1986)
In addition to preaching in many of America’s most influential churches, Dr. Havner was a highly sought speaker for conferences at places such as Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. He frequently spoke at both state and national meetings of the Southern Baptist Convention.
Vance Havner, “Hearts Afire” (published 1952)
“But if instead of trying to work up carnal enthusiasm and whip our poor jaded nerves with religious excitement, we took time out to really get ourselves a burning heart we would accomplish more in a day than we get done in a year without it.” (p. 13)
“It is better to wake up five hundred Christians than to convert five hundred sinners, for if five hundred Christians really wake up, they will win more than five hundred sinners.” (p. 51)
—Hearts Afire by Vance Havner
We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.—Vance Havner
“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
“Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”—Isaiah 5:20, 21
“For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.”—Ecclesiastes 5:7
“For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”—Jeremiah 2:13
3 D Part 6 Hearts burning, souls on fire: 1958 to 1995