This was the original preface that was to go into the front of my book The Wrong Shirt. https://www.amazon.com/WRONG-SKIRT-Quest-Avoid-Choices/dp/1935434551 My publisher thought it was not needed so we lift it out. I believe this will tell a lot about where I come from spiritually and what inspired me to write this book.
The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God. (Psalm 14:2)
Since the days of Adam, God has always had a people. Examine The Bible or study Church experience. You’ll soon discover that a royal lineage of faithfuls can be traced throughout the pages of history. God has always had a remnant consisting of those who dared to forsake the norm––a people who were dissatisfied with the ordinary. There’s a breed of disenchanted saints who were fed up with the mind-numbing boredom of lifeless religion.
God has always had a band of radicals: those who have left the rank and file; a refined remnant who are no longer impressed by the world’s goods; those who resist being lured by the glitter of toys and refuse to be lulled into the common place; extremists who push beyond man-made boundaries, then press on and go for God. He has always had a crew who possessed a holy boldness in witnessing to the lost and a passion for one another.
God has always had a people who would dare to defy the traditions of men and speak the truth in spite of the cost. These are a people with-in his people––a core of sold out saints who are ready to toss aside everything for the sake of seeking their God. It is through such as these that he demonstrates his greatest works.
God is on a world wide quest. He constantly looks for that nucleus of believers within the Church that has concluded there has got to be something more to the Christian experience. His search is not limited by man’s finite grasp of truth either. It spans across denominational lines and movements. He knows that there is a caliber of people that stand head and shoulders above the rest––not so much in the eyes of their contemporaries, but in his eyes. Those who have got to know truth regardless of the price; those who want to know God at any cost. These are the ones he seeks. You know hungry people just like you!
It is to you seekers that this book addresses itself. It is for those of you who are completely dissatisfied with your spiritual walk and desperately want more. It was written to those of you who don’t want to miss what God is doing in these last days. Is this you? Then read on.
This book should have something of a Gideon effect on its readers. It was designed much like a funnel. The first two chapters are like the wide mouth of the funnel––big enough to accommodate pretty much any casual reader. However, chapters three through five begins to separate the men from the boys (so to speak). The funnel neck gets even smaller in chapter six. I start by taking my life into my own hands when I step right into the middle of a family feud––tongues and the gifts. It’s my humble attempt at peacemaking? Then after hopping up and down in that frying pan for a while, I leap into the fire in chapter seven with an appeal to my fellow so those who call themselves “Charismatics” to come back to the basics. Then the neck of the funnel narrows down to its smallest size in the remaining two chapters, as I discuss what it means to run with the big dogs.
Are you a bored believer? Are you a dissatisfied saint? Then this book is for you. However, before you begin, bear in mind that this treasure came from an earthen jar. There are controversial issues that I’ve attempted to address and chances are some may disagree or even be offended at me. It’s to you that I say please receive what you read in the spirit that it was given––in much love.
I want something to be clearly understood before you read any further. My prayer is that I will not be perceived as one who thinks he has arrived at some lofty spiritual plateau which overlooks the rest of The Church. I’m not The Bible Answer Man by any stretch of the imagination. I don’t have all of the answers, but I do believe I have discovered a few. These I wish to submit for your consideration. So please, if you will, prayerfully reflect on what answers this book may have to offer. I present them to you in the same way that I received them––in much fear and trembling.
Finally, consider this quote from Another Wave of Revival by Frank Bartleman, one of the fathers of the Azuza Street Revival. Think of it as an appetizer.
“In the various crises that have occurred in the history of the church, men have come to the front who have manifested a holy recklessness that astonished their fellows. When Luther nailed his theses to the door of the cathedral at Whittenberg, cautious men were astonished at his audacity. When John Wesley ignored all church restrictions and religious propriety and preached in the fields and byways, men declared his reputation was ruined. So it has been in all ages. When the religious condition of the times called for men [and women] who were willing to sacrifice all for Christ, the demand created the supply, and there have always been found a few who were willing to be regarded reckless for the Lord. An utter recklessness concerning men’s opinions and other consequences is the only attitude that can meet the needs of the present times.” *
Rod Davis– Chattanooga, Tennessee
Published October 1st 1985 by Whitaker Distribution (first published 1982) Another Wave of Revival by Frank Bartleman