“We fear “spontaneous expansion” because we feel that it is something that we cannot control. We can neither induce nor control spontaneous expansion, whether we look on it as the work of the individual or of the Church, simply because it is spontaneous. Christ said, "The wind blows where it wishes" (John 3:8), and spontaneous activity is a movement of the Spirit in the individual and in the church, and we cannot control the Spirit.”
If we believe that the building of the church is primarily the work of Christ according to Matthew 16:18, and that the Spirit is directly carrying on that work in Christ’s absence (John 16:7 and the Book of Acts), then why should we not trust them in this spontaneous work. Our desire to control the way of evangelism and church planting is a proof that we do not trust the Holy Spirit.
God had to remind Israel (and us) that “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Do we really think that the methods we create in our mission boards and educational centers are better than God’s? That may seem like a very extreme question, but we must honestly examine our attitudes toward a divine work that cannot be controlled by the will of man.
Roland Allen, Edited by Sherman Driver
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