Photo: The prophets struggled in vain to bring Israel back to God. But when Peter preached, full of the Holy Spirit, 3,000 people surrendered. Without the Holy Spirit, Christianity is reduced to ‘religion’, which is no more effective than the Old Testament system and the priesthood before the age of the Spirit. Jesus said ‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’ (Acts 1:8). Without that vitality we have a secularized, nominalized, rationalized, and harmless religion. Mystical contemplation bears no resemblance to New Testament dynamism; Quietism is for Buddhists, not Christians. Whatever chill may have frozen the church; Christianity is only ‘churchianity’ until the Holy Spirit takes over. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKEThe prophets struggled in vain to bring Israel back to God. But when Peter preached, full of the Holy Spirit, 3,000 people surrendered. Without the Holy Spirit, Christianity is reduced to ‘religion’, which is no more effective than the Old Testament system and the priesthood before the age of the Spirit. Jesus said ‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you’ (Acts 1:8). Without that vitality we have a secularized, nominalized, rationalized, and harmless religion. Mystical contemplation bears no resemblance to New Testament dynamism; Quietism is for Buddhists, not Christians. Whatever chill may have frozen the church; Christianity is only ‘churchianity’ until the Holy Spirit takes over. God bless you. REINHARD BONNKE
 
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