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This video is of the Salvation Army Choir singing, Send the Fire, a glorious old hymn about desiring the fire of Pentecost written by their founder, William Booth.
I wonder about something....and this is not just rhetorical, but an actual question that anyone who knows their church history is welcomed to answer, as I don't know the answer myself .
I think about some mainline denominations which at one time were the "move of God" in the earth. They had the fire of God burning brightly in their meetings. Like the Methodists. But in time, they, for the most part, just got cold and dead. And except for in some select situations, they have been reduced to mere form and ritual.
What happened??? What caused the descent??? Did it happen when they organized into a denomination? Did it happen somewhere else along the way after they organized? Did it happen when they became lukewarm in their preaching and made excuses for sin??? Did it happen when they quit singing joyful praises unto God, and started sticking to just 3 songs in the hymnal? Why was no one alarmed when the fire started going out???