[anzac] AGAINST NEGATIVITY - Andrew Strom

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 16:47:49 -0500
-by Andrew Strom.

I had someone else tell me today that the real "me" is quite
a bit different to the controversial hard-line guy that sometimes
comes across in my writings. People often get the impression
that I am a provocative and "abrasive" person - outspoken on 
issues like "Why I left the Prophetic Movement", 'Toronto' and 
the state of today's church, etc. They are often surprised when
they meet me or interact with me - I am not that "negative" a
person. In fact I am positively "FOR" the Harvest, FOR the power
of the Holy Spirit, and FOR actively seeking Revival - whatever 
way God wants to send it.

Am I "anti" many of the prophetic people or others that I have
disagreed with? -Not at all. Most of them I could happily sit down
and discuss things with. I don't go around thinking of new ways to 
be negative. I have had many people tell me that I am a lot 
"warmer" than they thought I would be. I simply do not believe in 
being critical or "anti" for it's own sake. I choose very carefully 
the issues that I need to be outspoken about. But the rest of the 
time I am open to all kinds of opinions, people, movements, 
pastors, leaders, etc, etc. Why be judgmental? Why be quick to
write things off? -That is what the Pharisees were like.

However, this will not stop me from being outspoken on things
that are really important. And it will not stop me preaching about 
'Repentance' and the True Gospel either. I will always be strong 
and direct on those things.

But the fact is, without LOVE I am merely a clanging gong and a
resounding cymbal. God has dealt with me very strongly in this
area over the years. Pretty basic, isn't it?

One preacher told me that the first time he spoke with me, he 
suddenly realized that I was not some negative judgmental hard-
liner, and he had to repent before God for the way he had judged 
me from afar. But frankly, I have to take a lot of blame for this 
myself. It is obvious that I have allowed an "unbalanced" viewpoint 
to go across too often, and I have given people the wrong idea. Is 
it possible to truly have the 'LOVE' of Christ, but still be outspoken 
and direct on these issues? Yes - I believe it is. We see this in 
the New Testament all the time.

One of the things that has saddened me is that the Forum on our 
main website - http://www.revivalschool.com - has too often
become focused on the "negative".  There are many pearls and
wonderful postings that turn up on there all the time, but too
often the negative has outweighed the positive. It is hard to know
what to do about this - without deleting every third posting or so.
It has been a bit like the 'wild west' - but I have to be happy that 
at least many people have been given their say. Yet the harshness 
and negativity does sadden me at times. I do not mind people 
disagreeing with each other - but it is the WAY they do it.

I used to love debates and arguments myself (-no longer!) but 
something God showed me years ago was that is is very possible 
to win the argument yet lose the person. And that was a pretty 
sobering lesson.

Friends, many of us on this List are a bit on the 'intense', "John-
the-Baptist" side of things. And we have to face the fact that God
has to "crush" a lot of the harshness out of us if He is ever going
to use us in a major way. I have had twenty years of "crushing"
and I can tell you, it is something that is desperately needed in
people like us. -Otherwise we can do such terrible damage to God's 
precious lambs. The more 'intense' we are, the more this is needed. 

I think there is something that every one of us needs to look at.
We need to turn to 1 Cor 13 (-the 'Love' passage) and ask ourselves,
"Is that me?" 

"Love is patient and kind; Love is not jealous or boastful; it is not
arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not
irritable or resentful; It does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in
the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things."  (1 Cor 13:4-7). We could also ask
ourselves the same question about the following passage:

"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,
goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"  (Gal 5:22-23).

These are familiar passages (-maybe TOO familiar), but take 
another hard look at them, my friends. Every one of us needs to
ask ourselves the question, "Is that me?" -And if not, why not?
What do we need to repent of, what do we need to RENOUNCE,
to make these passages true of us?

There are many of us who need to get before God again, and 
pray about these things.

God bless you all.

Kindest regards in Christ,

Andrew Strom.