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The difference between T.B.Barratt and Elias Aslaksen

Publicerad 2020-08-14 19:51:00 i Church History, Elias Aslaksen, Smith's Friends, T.B.Barratt, The Limbo,

One of the most outrageous fights in the history of the Church, was that between the false prophet Elias Aslaksen and the false prophet T.B.Barratt. 
Aslaksen spoke always about what we had to do, about our fight and our holiness and our obedience to God.
Barratt spoke always about Jesus, about what he had done, about his fight and his holiness and his obedience to God. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus. Jesus only. He was one of the pioneers of the pentecostal tradition of "Jesus only". The "Jesus only-movement", we can call it. Jesus is enough, we do not need to speak about anything else. 
Barratt did not want to hear about what we had to do. 
This made Aslaksen outrageous. We had to do something!! We had to fight!!!
Barratt was lazy. Jesus had done everything, and we did not need to do anything. So it sounded, at least. 
But Barratt was a holy man, anyway. 
Barratt's holiness in the Limbo (the area between heaven and hell) increased throughout the years, because he thought so much about Jesus, and sang so much in tongues when he played on his piano (he was a disciple of the pianist and composer Edward Grieg), while Aslaksens's big holiness on the Old Testament salvation path decreased throughout the years because he thought so much upon himself. 
In the end, their path crossed, Aslaksen went to Limbo and Hell, and Barratt went to the bosom of Abraham. 
This is one of the most interesting spiritual battles in the history of the Church. 
Let's sing in tongues with T.B.Barratt. In joy over that Barratt became saved, not Aslaksen. 


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Lars Larsen

Born 1984 in Finland, Norwegian, lives in Österbybruk, Sweden, poet, ecotheologian and ecophilosopher (though not an academic such), is also called "The monk" ("munken", he is monk in a self-founded monastery order, "Den Heliga Naturens Orden", "The Order of the Holy Nature"), he calls himself "Forest Man Snailson" (Skogsmannen Snigelson) because of certain strong ties to Nature and the animals, founded among other things through many years of homelessness living in tent, cot, cave and several huts in the Flaten Nature Reserve and the Nacka Reserve outside of Stockholm. He debuted as a poet in 2007 with "Över floden mig" ("Across the river of me"), published by himself, he has also published an ecotheological work, "Djurisk teologi. Paradisets återkomst" (Animalistic theology. The return of paradise") on Titel förlag 2010. He has published the poem collection "Naturens återkomst" (The return of Nature) on Fri Press förlag 2018 together with Titti Spaltro, his ex-girlfriend. Lars' professions are two, cleaner and painter (buildings). Before he was homeless, but right now he lives in Österby boende, a group home for mental patients 45 km northeast of Uppsala. His adress is: Harviksvägen 6A, 74830 Österbybruk, Sverige. One can reach him in the comments section on this blog. His texts on this blog are without copyright, belonging to "Public Domain".

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