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Discovering the Reality of God in Word and Spirit: an interview with R. T. Kendall What would you say to a non-Charismatic in order to lead them toward embracing the contemporary charismatic work of the Spirit?

R. T. Kendall: Pray without all your heart to have a close relationship with the Holy Spirit. Then see what happens! Many have done this and came into the gifts of the Spirit not expecting this! It comes down to one thing: how close do you want to be to God? I myself came into these truths not seeking for the gifts but seeking more of God! And the consequence of this was discovering how real God is and how willing He is to be real to you. Are there things that can be done to help Word people and Spirit people stop talking past one another?

Have you discovered how real God is and how willing He is to be real to you?

R. T. Kendall: It comes down to this: do you want the honor and praise that comes only from God? Or are you addicted to the praise of people? The reason the Pharisees missed their Messiah was this. Jesus uncovered their inability to believe in Him when he asked them, “How can you believe [in other words, you are unable to believe] when you make no attempt to receive the praise of God and do not seek the honor that comes from Him” (see John 5:44). I don’t mean to be unfair, but the reason for cessationsism today is the same reason the Jews missed Jesus. There are exceptions, but not many. May God raise up men and women who have a heart red-hot after the God of the Bible. What will be the fruit of a revival in which the Word and Spirit emphases come together equally?

Earnestly desire the greater gifts.

R. T. Kendall: A return to the fear of God. There is no fear of God in the nation. There is no fear of God in the church. If you ask, Should people be afraid of God? YES. And when He comes in power they will fall on their faces. The first message of the New Testament was, “Who has warned you to flee – RUN – from the wrath of God” (Matthew 3:7). Why would they run from Him? One reason: they are afraid of what is coming. May God hasten the day when this happens again.




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Category: Biblical Studies, Winter 2020

About the Author: R.T. Kendall was the pastor of Westminster Chapel in London for 25 years. Educated at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Oxford University, Kendall is the author of more than 60 books, including Total Forgiveness: Achieving God's Greatest Challenge (Charisma House, 2010), Understanding Theology: The Means of Developing A Healthy Church in the Twenty-first Century in 3 volumes (Christian Focus), Calvin and English Calvinism to 1649 (Paternoster, 1997), and Holy Fire: A Balanced, Biblical Look at the Holy Spirit's Work in Our Lives (Charisma House, 2014).

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