By Arthur Vess
Preach Holiness evangelistically. "True holiness' has always produced great revivals. Only holiness makes sinners conscious of the terror and awfulness of sin, and produces a longing desire within to be delivered from sin and restored to holiness of heart in the sight of a holy God. Old-fashioned holiness preaching has produced more revivals and converted more sinners than all this modern or ancient compromise or sinning religion. "When Isaiah saw the Lord, high and lifted up," and heard the angels crying, holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty, he saw himself and cried out, "Woe is me, for I am undone -- unholy. I am a man of unclean lips and dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips." (This describes many of our modern churches.) A church without revivals is a church without God and holiness.
In His final message, Jesus Christ cried out, "All power is given unto me, both in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore unto all the world and preach the gospel to every creature, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo I am with you always, even unto the end of the world." Here we have a mighty missionary vision, or the Great Missionary Alls:
I. "All Power"
II. "All the world"
III. "All Creatures" or Individuals.
IV. All the Trinity, "Father, Son and Holy Ghost," to back our salvation campaign.
V. All Things, "Teaching them to observe all things."
VI. Always, "And lo I am with you always, even unto the ends of the world."
Every preacher and evangelist, and every member, a personal soul winner will spread revivals through our own town and around the world. See our recent booklet on "United Soul Winners." The mission of the Holy Ghost is to produce revivals, as was the purpose of Jesus Christ. "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and you shall be witnesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."
I. The Promise of Power. "Ye shall receive power."
II. The Person of Power, "The Holy Ghost."
III. The Purpose of Power, "Ye shall be witnesses."
IV. The Projection of Power. "From Jerusalem unto the uttermost, or outermost parts of the earth." From your home town to continents and islands around the world. If we were half as much interested in souls, as we are in statistics, revivals would break out all over our communities, conferences and denominations, and around the world. We all have to be careful, lest we get so wrapped up in material things until we forget the spiritual realities -- the only realities.