"The BATTLE PLAN" -by Andrew Strom. We know from God's dealings with men down the ages that there is a time to 'wait' and a time to GO. There is a time to sit still before the Lord and a time for MOBILISATION. Many of us have been sensing a "change of seasons" for some time. We are entering a battle-zone for the hearts and minds of the church and the world. Our footsteps hasten to the sound of war. I think we know each other well enough by now to speak plainly and honestly about the days that lie ahead. I have been running this List for years and I am well aware of the kinds of people who are on here. Many are the kind that I have the most affinity with in the world. -The kind who cry and anguish over the state of today's church, and who find it almost unbearable trying to fit in with today's "Christianity as usual". The kind who believe in a different type of Body than any they have ever seen - but who know not where to find it. -The kind who wander like strangers and pilgrims in the earth, waiting, waiting, waiting for the 'Real thing' to be birthed. -The kind who pray with groanings and tears for the Bride to AWAKEN and put on strength, that the world may KNOW the glory of God. We have many 'cave-dwellers' and wilderness-dwellers on this List. We have many "underground prophets". We have many people who go to church - and even lead in the church - and yet their heart is always yearning for the missing glory - a glory they have never yet seen. So are we in the hour of mobilisation? Are we in the days of the "Gideon's 300" and of David's 'mighty men' fighting out of the cave of Adullam? Is this indeed the hour for war? Before the 'John the Baptist' Conference my answer probably would have been "no". But after what I saw and sensed over the weekend I have to tell you that my answer has become "yes". "Behold, I will do a NEW THING; Now it shall SPRING FORTH. Shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the WILDERNESS, and RIVERS IN THE DESERT" (Isaiah 43:19). After much prayer and pondering, I believe that our response to this should be two-fold. And it should be very simple: (1) We need to connect with each other regionally so that we can pray and fellowship and RAISE OUR VOICE AS ONE in all parts of this nation. (2) It is the 'WORD' that will do the work, and all we have to do is get that word heard LOUDLY - first by the church and then by the world. Everything else will follow. (What do I mean by the 'word'? -Further explanation is below): When I was at the Conference, God led me to lay out FOUR BASIC ESSENTIALS that we need to stand for: We stand for: (1) Repentance (2) The WHOLE Gospel (3) A return to "BOOK-OF-ACTS" type Christianity (4) We will gladly GIVE OUR LIVES for these things. -This is what the 'word' is all about. It is primarily a word of REPENTANCE and RESTORATION aimed at the church. These are the four things that we need to agree on before we can move forward. At the Conference, everyone was almost unanimous in agreeing to these four things. So am I talking about a "MOVEMENT" here? Yes I am. You need to know, and be in no doubt at all, that what I am talking about in this email is a nationwide MOVEMENT. You can call it whatever you like. The 'John the Baptist' movement? -Whatever. None of that really matters. What matters is that it is all about getting the 'WORD' to the church and letting that word bring real transformation and change. We are not talking about starting a 'denomination' or a church. We are not talking about some new "system". We are talking about (1) Simply bringing like-minded people together, and (2) Bringing the WORD to the CHURCH. (-Largely a word of REPENTANCE). So what do we do in practical terms? (1) As I said, I need to find a way of connecting the people on this List who live in the same region. (-Obviously only those who want to participate will be put in touch with each other). I am working on this, and I will let you know. (2) We need to have groups formed in the cities of America and we need to hold a "JOHN THE BAPTIST" CONFERENCE in these places. What this does is gather many of the like-minded people from that region, thus enabling us all to connect. There is no unity or strength in being completely 'scattered' everywhere like we are now. That is not God's idea of "Body". Too many of us are alone and vulnerable and "unconnected". The Conferences are one-off events, but the groups that are formed will continue to meet and pray together, and to represent this 'word' in their city. (3) These groups must never meet on Sunday morning. They are not a "church". But they certainly are a gathering-place. I believe many of these meetings will be PRAYER-oriented with 'open-mic' sharing times, etc. -Truly open for the Holy Spirit to move. We will need godly co-ordinators in each place to help run these meetings, and also to set up the Conferences. What is a "Conference"? It is simply a gathering of people for ministry and preaching. Nothing more than that. Remember, it is the local people who will be continuing this whole thing after the Conference is over. They are the ones who will be RAISING THEIR VOICE in their area. The Conference is just a simple way of getting everything jump-started. (-Maybe once a year?) The end result will be regional 'John-the-Baptist' type fellowships all over the nation. -All preaching and impacting the CHURCH where they are. I have already spoken to James Smith and David Kirkwood about all this. Both of these men carry a message that I believe is essential to such a movement in this hour. David carries a word on the Poor and our use of Money that is just pivotal and urgent in the West right now, and James carries a word on 'Revolution' in the church. My own specialist area is probably the "WHOLE GOSPEL" - teaching people how to walk in "Romans 8" Christianity - how to truly experience 'FULL SALVATION'. -You would be surprised at the impact of a message like that, even at this Conference. -So that is my main contribution. As I said, some of the preaching at this recent Conference was at a different level from anything I have been involved with before. And I guess it has to be, if we are going to see anything like a real 'breakthrough' in this nation. All three of us have agreed to hold further "John-the-Baptist" Conferences around America - to see these regional fellowships raised up all over. Friends, the above is a simple outline of the only Battle Plan that I feel God has given me. It is not complicated. But it does serve to GATHER THE PEOPLE and to GET THE WORD OUT. And that is all I believe it is meant to do. Please take this to God in prayer and see if He would have you become a part of it. Personally I am suddenly very excited about what God wants to do this year. It feels like the right time to me. And so many at the Conference were saying the same. (-Which caught me by surprise). This has to be a year when a "clear trumpet sound" goes forth. The church must be called to Repentance. The days are short. So are we truly willing to 'set the trumpet to our mouth'? Obviously there will be further talk about all this over the next few weeks. Please keep the whole thing bathed in prayer, my friends? God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.