There is a good reason why my mind is racing back to the night that someone tried to kill me in the U.C. Berkeley campus: Tonight, August 24th, 2016 we begin a two day crusade in a violent and addicted city. We are bringing Living Proof to Salinas, California.
That is why my mind races back to the night on the Berkeley campus. All that afternoon I paced and prayed on the hillside above the campus of 44,000 students. Seeking God and asking “how do I reach a generation of students bent on Marxist revolution?”
One voice within me argued, “You must study the great modern apologists of the faith and give an intellectual defense of the faith. Immerse yourself in the writings of Francis Schaeffer, C.S. Lewis, and G.K. Chesterton.” The other voice said simply, “it is not by might nor by power but by my spirit.”
The answer came emphatically that night. I was sharing my “apologetic faith” with a flower child in front of the Student Union Building of Cal Berkeley at about PM. What I could not see, was the massive, angry radical stealing up behind me.
This atheist Goliath grabbed me by the neck and proceeded to choke the life out of me. the words of great Christian intellectuals were useless. I am sure that young campus radical did not understand his rage against me.
The powers of darkness understood what was at stake: Miracle based soul winning is a grave threat and demons will stop at nothing to kill miracle ministry before it is born.
God ordered me to take my stand in the power of the Spirit. In my own faltering way I did. My assailant suddenly stopped and stood stunned by something behind me in the shadows. To this day I do not know what startled him, I only know that I ran, and as I ran I affirmed my commitment to the Supernatural Gospel of Christ.
We began telling people they could come and be healed. But is that right? Is it right to offer hope to those who medical science cannot help? Is it right to raise expectations to those who have given up on everything else?
If what say we say about Christ’s power to save and heal is false, then me are as Paul said, the worst liars in history. But if it is true and we do not offer it freely and publicly we are the worst traitors in history!
I am praying for God to use this letter to speak to leaders everywhere! I am convicted that Christ is speaking to us right now: He is calling us to seek Him now. Set a date at His bidding. Prepare your people for signs and wonders. Vow to give all glory to God. Invite to public to come and see the awesomeness of our God!
Here is why it is true and why it is our solemn duty to present it to a skeptical world. The world began to feel the power of the Gospel when Jesus stood and read these words from the book of Isaiah: Luke 4: 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; 19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
1. He was hanging out a shingle: When you start a business you do what is called hanging out a shingle. A Shingle is a small signboard that indicates a professional office. The world began to change when Jesus stood and read these words.
He was announcing the start and the content of His miracle ministry and He did it publicly. Here are 6 targets of His ministry:
Give good news to the poor.
Heal the brokenhearted.
Proclaim liberty to the captives.
To recover the sight to the blind.
To set at liberty those who are oppressed.
To declare the time of God’s favored.
2. He announces by what authority He is healing the sick.
“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” What an astounding statement that is! Every Jew knew that verse. Everyone in Israel has been waiting for that verse to be fulfilled and Jesus flat out says that He is fulfilling it. Talk about raising the hopes of the people!
Yet it is right that He does this so that the miracles can be released. And that is precisely what the Church of Jesus should do. We must go public about the resurrection of Jesus did to the works of Satan and all of the benefits of the Gospel.
3. God was with Him in this project. Acts 10:38 says, “Jesus went about doing good healing all who were oppressed of the devil for God was with Him. Jesus was not acting on His own initiative.
We continue Christ’s war on the works of Satan. Public announcements are not an option! We must set the time and the place that the Holy Spirit has designated for the supernatural to appear.
Having settled the question in Berkeley we announced our first healing rally. I was such a raw recruit that I stood in front of the audience frozen in fear.
I did not know how God rewards those who—at His behest—show up for war.
In the crowd was a young man lying unconscious on a couch at the back of the chapel. He had shot a mixture of LSD and Heroin and it made him comatose. Supernaturally, he woke up and his symptoms vanished. He came to the front and knelt in utter adoration of God. This single healing launched ten years of harvest on that university campus.
Now we must go very public to America while there is still time.