Monday, June 10, 2019

Allen: how can they not believe it

Monday, June 10, 2019
    The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
    Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
    “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
    —Acts 8:29-31 (NIV)
    Of course all advance depends upon money, when we depend upon paid workers for any advance. Teach men as one of their first lessons in the gospel that pastoral work and evangelistic work ought to be paid, and will they not believe it? They would all believe it if the Holy Ghost did not dispute our teaching. It is a powerful proof of the presence and grace of the Holy Ghost that they do not all believe it and act accordingly.
    ... Roland Allen (1869-1947), The Case for Voluntary Clergy, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1930, included in The Ministry of the Spirit, David M. Paton, ed., London: World Dominion Press, 1960, p. 182 (see the book)
    See also Acts 8:29-31; 1 Cor. 9:12-15; Gal. 6:6; 1 Tim. 5:17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit causes the spreading of the gospel.
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