February 7, 2018, Pastor T's News Article in The News Observer
“And fire” - it’s found in a single key statement of John the Baptist preaching - “Holy Ghost and fire.” It is the “and fire” that I particularly wish to focus on. We have become used to a water based Christianity. Water based referring to the manner of cleansing applied to the Christian life. But the scripture speaks of another cleansing, this one by fire.
Water cleanses the outside, but fire purifies the inside. Ore dug from the earth is washed with water to remove surface earth and dirt; but in order for it to be totally cleansed, it must go through the fire to burn out the dross. Fire can either clean or destroy. That which allows fire to be a cleansing agent will be cleansed. That which stubbornly refuses to allow fire to cleanse is so cheap that the only result of the heat can be destruction. “Holy Ghost and fire,” Fire will burn out the dross or burn us up.
There is a word jumping in my Spirit today: It’s just one word “FIRE”. If someone were to run into the church right now and yell “FIRE” the whole atmosphere would change; hearts would race, eyes would open wide, nobody would just sit there, we would all be looking for the exits wondering where the fire is. Somebody would run for the fire extinguisher.
I want to share about a fire we don’t want to run from, and we’re not looking for a fire extinguisher and we’re not looking for the exit signs; I’m talking about a Fire we need to be crying out for. I’m talking about the Fire of God; the Fire of the Holy Spirit. Are we on fire for God? It’s high time we come to that place…the “fire place”!
• Fire purifies Numbers 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean. He’s talking about burning out the impurities, much like a silversmith putting the precious metal on the fire.
• Fire energizes. Would people say we are on fire for God? If not, we need to ask God for that zeal, fanned by the flames of the wind-driven Holy Spirit of God!
• Fire spreads! We’ve SEEN it, haven’t we? Especially when the conditions are right!
John said: The one who is coming after me is mightier than I and when He is come, He will baptize you with the HOLY GHOST and FIRE. I am compelled to preach: The church of the Lord Jesus Christ must catch FIRE. There is an Unholy Satanic demonic Fire that is being unleashed in the earth today, and the sleepy, passive, halfhearted, slumbering, half baked church and church members aren’t qualified to deal with it. It’s going to take a Holy Ghost Fire Baptized church that can pray heaven down and cast hell out. Hell is on Fire: The devil is sending his fire out against the church. And I’m suggesting that a bunch of wet blankets won’t put it out.
(You’ve heard the old saying: You’ve got to fight fire with fire) Well it’s true (There’s nothing less than the fire of God that can put out hell's fire).