I don’t remember when I first saw Brother Brown. It had to be in 1972, I guess. I know when I met him later on my own. I was working in my brother’s business in Port Hueneme, CA in 1974. My brother had a fledgling leather shop in a strip type shopping center. Brother Brown popped inside the door and started looking around. To be honest at that time, not many black folks came in, as the leather work and apparel was a sort of 60’s and 70’s counter-cultural fashion trend among white youth.
Brother Brown was a black fundamentalist, Pentecostal type preacher.
He introduced himself and immediately produced a poster hand-out with a picture of an opening in a cloudy sky. Somewhat like the picture above. The caption on the paper said that “Jesus was Coming Soon,” and that Jesus had spoken to Brother Brown and gave him this “sign in the sky” to confirm that His Return was imminent as depicted with the open sky through the clouds.
He then asked for a donation to get his message out.
< Brother Brown. He sure liked to wear this blue tuxedo when he preached. He looked good in it too. He was never fashion impaired.
I don’t remember giving him any money. But we did fellowship on some things. He was quite a character. He couldn’t preach much. He just didn’t have much of a gift. But he had a lot of zeal. The early 19th century revivalists, such as Charles Finney, and the Western and Cane Ridge Revival preachers, would call him an “exhorter.” There is nothing wrong with just being an exhorter. A lot of preachers and ministers that I have heard in my lifetime do not qualify for that! What “exhorters” do best, is to stir up the faith of the people listening to them… You certainly can’t say that for a lot of ministers today. The people listening to them are not “stirred up.” Their people are slumbering. The Bible calls them “dull of hearing.” You can always tell who these folks are. Many of them go to sleep during a preaching service. I can’t blame them altogether. The preaching is not anointed. It is not anything… just words. Dead words.
You can preach from the Bible all you wish… and nearly ALL ministers do. Unless however, the Spirit of God is accompanying your remarks, they are just dead words. That is not my language… that is Paul the Apostle’s. For that matter, they are Jesus’ words too. He said, “It is the Spirit that quickens (gives life), the flesh (or that which generates from the natural mind) profits nothing (is dead).” Jesus added that, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit and they are life.” (John 6:63). Paul elaborated on this point that I am making when he told the Corinthian church that, “And my speech and my preaching were not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.” (1 Corinthians 2:4-5 KJV2000).
My father was a very anointed preacher. He would preach “under the anointing.” He could preach under the anointing for a couple of hours or more depending on how heavy the anointing was. I have had people tell me that heard him in his heyday, say that there was no one else like him. He had this gift consistently then. I have heard others say that they longed for that day again, when they could hear the Word of God.
I don’t think you find that at all nowadays. I haven’t.
I heard one minister speak from an anointing only once in my lifetime besides my father and mother. I don’t remember his name. I heard him in San Jose, CA in 1971. He was just a young man. He didn’t know what had hit him, but it was the anointing. The congregation followed intently his every word and their faith was energized and lifted up. The very next night I went back to hear him speak again. I was eager to hear him again. But he was no longer the “mighty man.” He was in his flesh trying to get the same inspiration as the night before. He tried so hard and looked so desperate. His locks were shorn like Samson.
I have went from east coast to west coast in the United States literally looking for any such “anointed” Word. I have traveled north to east literally from Ohio to South Carolina. There is no “corner” on “anointed preaching” to be found. The Bible uses very much the same language. In Amos 8:11-12, it reads thus: “Behold, the days come, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.”
I am convinced… at the present time… especially since 1967, we are in a Famine for the Word of the LORD.
Smith Wigglesworth used to preach that, “One word from God can change a nation.”
Obviously, this kind of word has to be divinely inspired. When God anoints and sends his Word, like He did many times in the Old Testament when calling a prophet and giving that prophet a burden of the Word of the LORD, then things can happen!
Jonah’s preaching to the city of Nineveh is such an example.
The word that God sent Jonah (though, the second time…Jonah 3:1) with was so inspired and anointed that the whole city of Nineveh repented. The people repented. The King of Nineveh repented. From the least to the greatest, they all put sackcloth and ashes on to signify this repentance. The King of Nineveh covered himself in ashes. They fasted. The King even commanded the animals to be covered in sackcloth. The King of Nineveh believed that with such a penance, that perhaps that GOD would “turn and relent.”
God had to change His mind about destroying Nineveh. Nineveh was spared.
Yes, one Word, or one Divinely inspired, anointed, Word changed Nineveh.
Where is this kind of Word today?
Well, there is a famine for it…
When God finally selects someone, according to His purpose, and commissions and sends them, then the famine will cease.
Thanks for reading.
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