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Anglican Pentecostal Perspective on Charismatic Leaders Fellowship 2015

Pator Doulat’s talks were followed by a well-researched presentation by Dr. Don Swenson of Mount Royal University in Calgary. His thesis was that Islam has had a violent and expansionist agenda from its very inception. Thus the current manifestation of “radical Islam” is nothing new and fully in accord with its origins. This has been denied by many in the academic community who see Islam as one of the “great” three monotheistic religions, and a full equal to Christianity and Judaism. Swenson’s position would be called “Islamophobic” by many in the media and academia. But his position has been affirmed now by the influential article that recently appeared in the Atlantic, “What ISIS Really Wants.”[2]

I was asked to enter into the discussion about Islam and gave a brief presentation on the duty and necessity of the American Church to pray for the conversion of the Islamic peoples. I asked, what is the use of the literature on strategic praying and intercession, territorial spirits, etc., if the Church cannot mount a coordinated and effective intercessory prayer campaign for the conversion of the Islamic peoples?[3]

Neil Blake

The next speaker came as a replacement to one who could not make it through the icy winter storm, but many of us found him to be the gem of the conference. Not an ordained minister, but simply a Spirit filled and obedient servant of the Lord, and businessman. Mr. Neil Blake is the founder of the One in Christ Center in Wilmington North Carolina. Mr. Blake came into the baptism of the Spirit in 1984, and heard about a prophecy made by Derek Prince, back in 1978, that North and South Carolina would have a major revival, and that people from all over the would come to see and imitate it. This excited him greatly, and he began praying for that revival to come. As he prayed, he was told by the Lord that before that revival came to the Carolinas it must first be offered to “my people” – the Jews in Israel.

This precipitated a series of amazing providential contacts and circumstances. To wit that Mr. Blake has now gotten the funding, equipment, permits and permissions to do four tent revivals and healing campaigns in Israel, one each in, Hebron, Jericho, Nazareth and Jerusalem. Permission for the revival at Hebron, in the West Bank and a rough town for any Christian, was made possible when Mr. Blake befriended the son of the sheik of Hebron and leader to its local militia. The son was a cook at a Jerusalem hotel where Mr. Blake was staying, and one thing led to another …

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Category: Ministry, Winter 2015

About the Author: William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major works include, Quenching the Spirit (Creation House, 1992, 1996), Forgotten Power: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper in Revival (Zondervan, 2002), and Agnes Sanford and Her Companions: The Assault on Cessationism and the Coming of the Charismatic Renewal (Wipf & Stock, 2015). Bill pastored two Hispanic Anglican congregations in the Marietta, Georgia area, and is semi-retired. He and his wife Carolyn continue in their healing, teaching and writing ministries. He is the state chaplain of the Order of St. Luke, encouraging the ministry of healing in all Christian denominations. Facebook AnglicalPentecostal.blogspot.com

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