Moving forward

Moving forward

An historic moment with an historic agenda

Jon Cressey
Jon Cressey
Moving forward

Moving forward – a few thoughts about Paul Cain

I had many conversations with Paul Cain about the prophetic ministry over the years, including his memories of William Branham, John Wimber, John Paul Jackson, Bob Jones and the incredible stories of ministries that served the healing revivals of the 1950’s.

My imagination was gripped by his stories and thoughts of world leaders and also many of the charismatic leaders around today. Later, after he had gone to be with the Lord, I inherited his computer and a few other personal effects which gave me many more insights into his life and ministry – particularly the way that others had honoured, respected or treated him. It reminded me of the times as a youngster where I had sat on the floor investigating the button jar with all its assortments and colours. Paul’s life and ministry was just that – a splash of colour, eventfulness and discovery-but distinct purpose.

An unprecedented move of God

I am of the resolute conviction that much of Paul’s vision for an end times move of God is something that continues, and indeed, something of Paul’s last encouragements to the church at large about an unprecedented move of God, was something we both publicly shared an equal conviction about.

Sunderland & London

In more recent years, Sunderland, and then Kensington Temple in London, both gave the clarion call that something is afoot — God is at work! We didn’t see the Pandemic coming as such, but then, that is not what prophetic ministry is about. We are not here to make predictions-that has never been the scope of the prophetic ministry or ours at least — but we do see things coming, on the horizon, looming, we’re aware of them and that awareness prompts an urgent call.

It can be compared to the coach who sees another team playing and realises with alarm as he watches, that he urgently needs to raise the fitness levels or the strategies of his own team if they are to take the prize.

The UK is ready to see such a move of God — but let’s not be exclusive — every nation on the planet is ready to see an astonishing outpouring of God’s Spirit. We don’t need another Pentecost (that was perfect in every way) but what we do need is an awareness of God’s tangible, manifest presence; something only He can give. Let’s encourage one another to be attentive, being careful not to grieve or quench the work of the Spirit in our lives.

The outpouring in Toronto gave us a small experience of what that might look like. The Spirit of the Lord can fall on us at anytime — our part is to welcome him!

A new dynamic of the prophetic ministry

My understanding is God wants to do more with the prophets than ‘read our mail’ (That is such a waste!) instead, as we equip the Church for works of service we should be accompanied by the unmistakeable presence of the Holy Spirit. Whilst these things can be very useful at times, our ministries are not to point people to profiles, book sales table or latest conference but to a radical pursuit of Jesus. And it is radical call. The call is a life-style changer; to take up our Cross and follow after Christ in a post-modern world where truth is so abstract – until of course you encounter the One who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

The key – simplicity!

Considering himself more an Evangelist, Paul Cain believed in a straight forward message. To my knowledge he didn’t use or adhere to some of the modern-day phraseology of ‘shifts’ ‘realignments’ ‘activations’; such phrases have sadly become clichés in the charismatic church but they are not always helpful or meaningful.

Poets, Storytellers and cupcake makers

What God has for the Church today needs to be expressed, realised and experienced in a way that everyone can understand. God is doing a profound thing in our day, and it is for the whole church to tell it – a church of not just full of pastors, prophets but poets and storytellers, artists, painters, ‘crayoners’ and cupcake makers – because people are not just ready to hear that story, but want, and need to. These are urgent times.

But please tell the story well.
Tell it really well.
Don’t complicate things.

Jesus used parables and stories to great effect as a core part of his ministry. The stories allowed and caused people to think, reflect, decide and respond. Much of our preaching today has moved into the area of logic and passive legalism (more on that another day!) It is challenging to note that Jordan Peterson’s Youtube 2 hour and 38-minute introduction to the idea of God has been viewed more than 8,137,972 times. Pretty wild for a man that is a pre-christian! (?)

It also shows that if the story is well told, people will sit attentively for hours – just look at Eutychus who fell asleep due to the long nature of the message the Apostle Paul was giving, fell from a window out of the three-story building, and died – only to be raised to life again.

An historic moment with and historic agenda

I asked Paul Cain about the ministry of William Branham, what it was like as they waited to come into the hushed but excited meetings – the tangible, heavy presence of God and the astonishing sense of expectancy that was there. It turns out that It was formidable, tangible. People knew God was present to heal. And He did.

The historic moment the Church finds itself in today is met with and equally historic agenda. The great commission still stands. Prophetic ministry is here to call, equip and stir the Church to action.

I’m not sure where you stand, but I believe I have a part in this. I don’t have Paul Cain’s mantle(he took it with him!), but I do have his cap, and as the saying goes, “if the cap fits – wear it”

As Christians, what you and I both enjoy however, is the empowering mantle of the Holy Spirit. Keep encouraging yourself and others to continue following the Lord with all your heart, and let’s see how the extraordinary adventure unfolds.

JonMay it please the Lord for a great harvest of souls beyond our wildest expectations to come in these next few months. May it be unprecedented in every sense of the word, and may the fingerprints of God be seen over everything we put our hand to. It’s time.


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