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We need itinerant, wandering preachers today more than ever

Publicerad 2020-09-12 21:49:00 i Church History, Itinerant preachers, Psychiatry and psychology, Revivals, William Bramwell,

Charles Goodwin writes in this essay about the old Methodist preacher William Bramwell: "This modem neglect of Bramwell may be due to his being the last great heir to a type of Methodism which was gradually disowned by the Wesleyan connexion in the five years following the death of John Wesley. A type of Methodism referred to by Wesley as "ancient Methodism." This ancient Methodism, according to John Wesley, was founded upon the principle of itinerant preachers. In 1789 Wesley warned the Methodist people that "if itinerancy is interrupted" then Methodism "will speedily come to nothing."
 
My comment: Where are the itinerant (kringvandrande) or wandering preachers in Methodism today? They are gone. Wesley weeps in heaven. And Methodism is also withering strongly as a revival movement, and has been withering and dying for a long, long time, I know a lot about the movement, I have been a part of it for many years. It is because those old traditions of itinerant preaching, preaching in poverty, are gone. Why has the fire of the old apostles vanished? WHY? Should it not be more burning today, because we are closer to the coming of the Lord?! But no. But do not weep too much, the Scriptures prophecied about this situation, that in the last days love would grow cold among most Christians (Matt.24:12). Lift your eyes, because our redemption is close. 
 
Today we need itinerant preachers more than ever. Become a such one, dear soul. Leave everything and follow in the footsteps of the Lord, even if they would put you into mental hospital. Your salary in heaven will be great. 
 
Oh! Lord Jesus! Baptize us with the Spirit of John Wesley and the first Methodists, yes, even with the Spirit of the Welsh revival itself! Come, Lord Jesus, come soon!!!!!
 

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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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