Saturday, November 21, 2009

Hubert Lindsey's sanctification through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire

Think about 35 years! That’s how long it was before Hubert was entirely sanctified! Not because sanctification is a gradual process but because of Hubert’s mindset and thinking held him back. Hubert was “wrapped up” in a wrong theology. He was taught wrong! He was falsely indoctrinated. When Hubert died to self he also buried the old Hubert and the old Hubert’s way of thinking! That very sanctifying experience took place 35 years after Hubert received the new birth. It was another miracle! It was an instantaneous act of God in Salvation that followed the new birth! Another Baptism took place years after Hubert Lindsey was saved. Something happened through a glimpse of Calvary. Hubert had been preaching Revival. The Spirit put an urge on his heart to prayerfully seek “more” of Christ during the Revival. Hubert testified that he died to all that he was that night. He stated the Holy Spirit came upon him and took complete control of everything that Hubert Lindsey ever was.

As a Baptist minister and like many other Baptists Hubert had always acknowledged the fact that man was forgiven in the new birth but sensed deep in his soul there was “more”. The more that Hubert experienced through the sanctifying work of the Spirit of God is what prompted Hubert Lindsey to preach so emphatically in the latter years of his ministry. That more from Christ is why this writer is writing about the life and times of Hubert Lindsey. There is “more” for the believer than the new birth! It’s called Entire sanctification! Hubert Lindsey taught it! The Church-world rejects the doctrine of Entire Sanctification but it’s very much scriptural. The baptism with the Holy Ghost is a scriptural baptism taught in the Acts of the Apostles. The same manifestation of the Spirit of God that took place on the day of Pentecost also took place in Brother Lindsey’s heart that night in the basement of the Methodist Church. That same manifestation takes place today!

The experience of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost was also revealed to this writer’s heart, but it was only 6 months after the new birth was received in November of 1987. The difference between this writer and Hubert Lindsey was this writer was taught about sanctification through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost! Learning of sanctification was taught to this writer soon after the salvation experience. God’s revelation and evidence of the Scripture showed this writer the baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire was a baptism that purifies the heart of a believer (like the disciples of the Early Church) and not the sinner. This writer understands why Hubert so emphatically taught the doctrine of Entire Sanctification until he died. Hubert understood the riches of Entire Sanctification in the life of a believer. So do I! Faith comes by knowledge. Knowledge brings responsibility.

This writer still remembers Hubert’s faint yet authoritative words about Entire Sanctification as he preached to me from the nursing home. Hubert Lindsey taught Entire Sanctification until his deathbed because he realized this baptism is missed by so many Christians today. Hubert Lindsey was compelled to teach sanctification because of the lack of knowledge that stems from the erroneous teachings of denominationalism so rampant in this modern Church Age.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Hubert Lindsey's change from a denominational background after 35 years

In the early part of Brother Lindsey’s ministry he leaned to the Baptist persuasion. He taught the Calvinistic Theology of the predestination of a believer. As a Baptist minister Brother Lindsy made claim that he water baptized approximately 9000 people by immersion in the earlier part of his an act of obedience to Christ. His theology on Water Baptism also changed later in life...after his experience of Entire Sanctification. Although Hubert during the early part of his ministry taught holiness of heart and conduct he also followed the once saved always saved theology. As a Baptist Hubert evangelized around the World and established 11 local Churches. Among Hubert’s international travels were the Middle East, Africa, Canada, and Haiti. Within the United States Hubert Lindsey campaigned for Christ through the evangelistic work of tent meetings. During his days under the tent and in the open air Brother Lindsey was personally acquainted with Billy Sunday and Donald Barnhouse in the 50’s, Katherine Kulhman and Mordicai Ham in the 60’s, and others like and Billy Graham and John Osteen in 70’s.

Things didn’t settle right in Brother Lindsey’s Spirit life as a Baptist. He understood man’s enlightenment came in degree’s concerning consciousness to Christ’s divine presence, but questions still arose in his mind about an inner struggle that existed in the life of a believer. Hubert knew that Calvinism did not teach a Christian could be delivered from the Old Adam that exists in the life of a believer. For many years Brother Lindsey made claim he sought clarification from God concerning such matter. Thirty five years went by in his ministry to be exact! Hubert understood and realized the new birth and God’s power of Justification. That was as far as Brother Lindsey's Baptist theology took the Salvation experience. Something was lacking in Hubert’s heart, life, and understanding of the New Testament. God was revealing to Brother Lindsey there was more than the new birth and Justification by the Grace of God.

Something miraculous happened! Hubert had another glimpse of Calvary! Another experience in Salvation was revealed to Hubert Lindsey! God showed Hubert the work of the Holy Spirit in the human soul in light of the Sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. God confirmed to Hubert Lindsey that the Bible taught Entire Sanctification. Hubert had no evidence whatsoever that Entire sanctification that destroys the sinful nature had ceased at the Early Church as he was taught according to Baptist Theology. Hubert came to the realization that Sanctification was a work of the Spirit of God that followed Justification. He realized this Theology was very much for today in the present tense. He also realized that Justification dealt with the acts of sin committed; and Sanctification through the work of the Holy Spirit dealt with what man “is” by nature.

God gave Brother Lindsey another glimpse of Calvary that night. Through this glimpse was death. Death to the Old Hubert. Hubert fell on his face that night in the Methodist Church basement after preaching a Revival. God filled him and changed his thinking, his understanding of the Bible, and his complete theology. Nothing was ever the same in that ministry concerning denomination. Not long after this experience Christ sent Brother Lindsey to the West Coast where his ministry on Berkeley campus began for the glory of Christ!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Calvinism refuted in the ministry of Holy Hubert

From a theological standpoint Hubert Lindsey was a converted Calvinist who became adamant against the teachings of John Calvin. This writer recalls an audio recording that Hubert made and titled, “Eternal Security” that's posted at this Blog...

The teaching on Eternal Security refuted Calvin’s once save always saved Theology and clarified “why” with overwhelming scriptural support. Hubert’s teaching on the doctrine of Eternal Security always conveyed a different slant than mainstream teaching on that subject. Hubert always clarified how men could “lose faith”... and “why” the once saved always saved doctrine is an erroneous teaching.

Hubert always used the Bible to prove why Christians are obedient to God. He could prove why Christians are to live the holy life after they give their heart to Christ. He also taught that man could lose faith and fall away from holiness and Eternal Salvation. He also explained how a man could be “delivered again” after “regaining” faith in Christ for Eternal Salvation. Hubert covered every scripture in the Bible concerning this subject with great detail. Who else could refute the doctrine of once saved always saved better than a man who had ignorantly taught it for 3 1/2 decades! Many times Hubert Lindsey regretfully stated, “If only I would have known back then what I know today”.

Hubert’s revelation of Divine Grace was made explanatory to the hearts of men by the Spirit of God. The reason Hubert’s preaching was life changing is because the ministry of the Holy Spirit was behind it with full thrust. Through revelation from Christ and not man, Brother Lindsey touched the hearts and lives of people in every walk of life, great and small, rich or poor, and good or evil. Hubert enlightened people with truth about God’s Grace and backed it with countless Bible verses. Hubert made the Bible clear and understandable but never compromised a Christian’s obligation to holy conduct or living without sin. Unlike Calvinists, Hubert believed, practiced, and taught that Christians could live without sin every day of their life in Christ. Hubert showed no allegiance to any denomination or man made doctrine.

Hubert never broke away from Calvinism until he was Sanctified Entire (in the late sixties), through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire. Calvinist’s do not believe in nor do they teach the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire as the purifying work of the Spirit of God that rids the believer from the fallen nature. Calvinist’s place more emphasis on Baptism as an act of obedience through immersion in water that’s performed by a preacher. Calvinists miss the instantaneous sanctifying work of the Spirit of God that rids the believer from the Adamic life. Most Calvinist’s do not understand the Pentecostal baptism that is performed by the Spirit of God today… like it was on the day of Pentecost. This Baptism (scripturally taught) and performed by Christ has no relation to immersion in water!

One of the things this writer remembers about Brother Lindsey is that he was not only a converted Calvinist but also a very humble and compassionate man in the Spirit of Truth. Hubert Lindsey honored the Sanctifying work of the Spirit of God very highly. Entire Sanctification was the essence of Hubert’s heart and life. Calvinism hindered Hubert from the blessed experience of Sanctification for many years of his early life in Christ. After sanctification through the Spirit was found by Brother Lindsey…Calvinistic theology went straight down the drain.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Spirit filled life of Hubert Lindsey...(a former Baptist)

Hubert’s witness of the Spirit filled life always revealed the power of a Living Christ and the holy standard that is taught in the word of God. There were no limitations on the power of Christ that Hubert Lindsey preached about. Souls were saved and changed under the anointing of his preaching. Many were healed through Christ that he ministered. Many scholars had theologies changed and set in order under the right division of the Brother Lindsey’s teaching. What makes this biography so interesting is that everything Hubert taught and preached had the potential to become real life in any man or woman through the Spirit of Christ. Both the Bible and the work of the Holy Spirit confirmed what Hubert preached concerning the Spirit filled life. Hubert Lindsey was a man totally given to the Spirit filled life. Hubert was confident this truth was confirmed in the Holy Scriptures. Hubert Lindsey taught the Spirit filled life in all of his teachings to all of his listeners. In the following verse Biblical records prove believers in Christ (not unbelievers) were “filled with the Holy Ghost” on the day of Pentecost.

• Acts 2:4…And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance

The subject of the Spirit filled life is a foggy subject in the religious world. The reason the Spirit filled life is not taught in the mainstream like it should be is that man’s opinion is divided, traditional teachings are divided, religious beliefs and practices are divided and man’s religious ideals are divided. Nothing tells the truth about Spirit filled life accept the Word of God and the Spirit of truth. Both are in unity and both agree that sanctification is of the human soul is necessary! It is the intention of this writer to magnify the truth about Entire Sanctification through the Spirit filled life of Hubert T. Lindsey and the records of the Holy Bible. Remember, Hubert wasn’t “filled” with the Spirit until after he “put off the flesh” and received the Baptism with the Holy Ghost like on the day of Pentecost.

• Col 2:10-11…And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

When Hubert put off the flesh, “Control of the physical body” he died to all that he was. Then, the Spirit “filled” him. When Hubert Lindsey “died to self” the Old Hubert got out of the way. Then, the fullness of the Indwelling Spirit took control of Hubert. There was no more struggle with the Old Adam. Inwardly, through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost Hubert was cleansed from the Adamic nature. Outwardly, Hubert’s physical being was taken over by the Holy Ghost which enabled him to speak in unknown tongues. Remember, Hubert Lindsey was a former Baptist and Baptist’s forbid speaking in unknown tongues.

From a Scriptural standpoint both the inner and outer work of the Holy Ghost in the heart of man is the same today as it was in the Early Church. The inner and outer evidences of Entire Sanctification take place in any man of any denomination that’s “filled” with the Holy Ghost.

• Rom 6:6…Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

• Acts 19:6…the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Hubert Lindsey a former Baptist came to a realization of the Sanctifying power of Holy Spirit, 35 years after he was Justified

The Baptist denomination strongly advocates the initial invitation and acceptance of Christ in Salvation but that’s as far as they take the Christian experience! Baptist’s emphasize Salvation of the human soul but do not advocate the life of holiness and obedience to God that follows after a believer’s sins are forgiven. The doctrine of Regeneration through the Spirit; Justification by faith; and the new birth where a divine nature is received… are taught under the Baptist persuasion. The doctrine of Entire Sanctification through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost is not! This experience is what Hubert Lindsey claimed he had missed for 35 years.

Contrary to many denominations (not just Baptist), the Bible teaches that Entire Sanctification comes in another Baptism which is the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire. The Baptism with the Holy Ghost is not a baptism into Christ where a new nature is received through the new birth experience. The baptism with the Holy Ghost is a baptism that cleanses the believer’s heart from a still existing Old Adam that conflicts with the Divine nature received in the new birth. God revealed to Brother Lindsey another baptism through the work of the Holy Spirit that was not Water Baptism by immersion. This particular baptism pertained to the Spirit’s work of Sanctification from the carnal heart. This is the experience that Brother Lindsey had always claimed he was missing. It was a baptism that a believer receives after the new birth! Hubert then realized the error of Water Baptism through the ages had pulled men away from understanding the sanctifying power of the Pentecostal experience! The Pentecostal experience is a Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire performed by Christ upon a believer… not a sinner! The Baptism with the Holy Ghost has no relation to water Baptism by immersion performed by a preacher.

The purpose of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire does not deal with the new nature received after God justifies a sinner. God’s declaration of Justification deals with a penitent man! The sanctifying power of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost deals with the old nature that still exists in the life of the penitent believer after God’s Justification is declared! God revealed this to Hubert’s thinking! Hubert realized where he missed it!

The Bible teaches that any believer can receive the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire... in this life. This Baptism takes away the process of getting sanctified in heaven after you die! That's what the Bible implies when it says the Spirt's of just men made perfect! Justified men can be sanctified or this life before they die!

• Heb 12:23...To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Sanctification performed by Christ from the Throneroom is not performed by a preacher through any act of water baptism. John the Baptist spoke of sanctification when he said, "Christ would baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”. Contrary to the Baptist doctrine God showed Hubert there was more for the believer that followed the new birth. God confirmed to Hubert Lindsey the Sanctifying work of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire. This final work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of a believer is called Entire Sanctification.

The Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire and the truth of the New Testament records had finally got Hubert Lindsey’s full attention. God had been showing Hubert Lindsey how to get self out of the way for years. All Hubert had to do was to let go of the old Hubert and let God take over! Hubert realized if he got out of the way the truth of Entire Sanctification through the Spirit would destroy the old Hubert! The Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire spoken of by John the Baptist and Jesus himself was now brought to full revelation upon Hubert Lindsey’s thinking after being a Baptist for 35 years. The beauty of this revelation was this Baptism is a baptism that destroyed a still existing fallen nature in the life of Hubert Lindsey. Hubert was unsettled on that truth for many years! God wanted to destroy what Hubert Lindsey contemplated in his thinking for 35 years. On the human side the struggle with self that came from the Old man in Hubert Lindsey’s life was crucified. Through the Spirits work of Sanctification the Adamic nature that existed in the life of Hubert Lindsey was destroyed through the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire.

• Rom 6:6… Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

After being entirely sanctified the Holy Spirit renewed Hubert. Everything in his theology was changed. Everything in his thinking was changed. God delivered Hubert from the Devil’s prison house. After being a Baptist for 35 years Entire Sanctification from the Old Hubert was found to be the missing link. Within that missing link the foundation of the Word in Hubert’s heart had been misconceived and taken out of its proper context. Confusion from the Baptist teaching and practice was a result in Hubert’s mind. Hubert realized the doctrine of once save always saved had been hindering the fullness of Salvation for years in his personal life. This fullness of Salvation and change of theology that was given to Hubert’s heart only came through the Sanctifying power of the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire.

One night in the basement of the little Methodist Church Hubert died to self and asked God to sanctify his heart entire. Through Hubert Lindsey’s brokenness Christ filled him with the Holy Ghost and fire that night! As a result Hubert was sanctified from the Old man and spoke in unknown tongues as taught in the Bible. Contrary to the Baptist doctrine Hubert was doing something very much scriptural and realized why. That night God confirmed the truth in Hubert Lindsey’s heart and soul. Hubert realized this Biblical gift from the Holy Spirit did not cease at the Early Church as he had always been taught. The result was Hubert’s entire Calvinistic and Baptist theology went straight down the drain. Hubert Lindsey was filled with the Holy Ghost and preached Entire Sanctification the rest of his life as a preacher for Christ.

Christ’s Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire God made Hubert Lindsey a living witness to the fact that God can deliver any man from the Old Adam. Hubert realized traditional teachings and denominational teachings were not teaching the truth about Entire Sanctification as the Bible teaches. Deliverance from the Old Adam only comes upon a believer when he dies and receives the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire. Many modern denominational teachings miss that very blessed experience. Hubert never went back to his old Theology nor did he ever quit teaching the truth about Entire Sanctification as long as he lived. Revivals were birthed many times throughout Hubert’s ministry as result of preaching Entire Sanctification and the Baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire. By the Grace of God Hubert’s uncompromising efforts were never in vain as peoples hearts and lives were changed under his ministry and that teaching. This writer and other disciples who were touched by Brother Lindsey’s ministry still carry on the doctrine of Entire Sanctification today.