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Blood and Fire
by Steve Bussey

Not popular in the Roman Empire in AD 33.


Not popular in the British Empire in 1878.


Not popular in today’s current globalized world.


Nope. Madison Avenue’s marketing strategies would never recommend using “blood and fire” as the most enduring and visible statement for The Salvation Army.


The blood and fire never was popular. Never will be. It will always be counter-cultural. The Booths clearly understood that reality. Do we realize why this is so essential today?


2 Corinthians 2:15-16 remind us, “Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this?”


It never has been “popular,” but friends, the blood of Jesus and the fire of the Holy Spirit is THE answer to EVERY conceivable need in the world! Without it, there is no hope.


The Blood and Fire was, is, and will always be relevant!! There is a reason why this was put on our crest and flag - that we might never forget the key to our success in our mission!


This message doesn’t need to be massaged or modified or marginalized. If anyone says otherwise, Scripture warns us they are fools!


Hide it under a bushel? NO!! I’m going to let it shine. Will you?


Let’s stop listening to the “wisdom” of the world. Let’s not be ashamed of the gospel. I honestly don’t care if I look a fool or seem weak in the eyes of the world!


Let’s heed the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:18-31:


“The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God. As the Scriptures say,


“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and discard the intelligence of the intelligent.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made the wisdom of this world look foolish. Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe. It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense.


But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God. This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.


Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important. As a result, no one can ever boast in the presence of God.


God has united you with Christ Jesus. For our benefit God made him to be wisdom itself. Christ made us right with God; he made us pure and holy, and he freed us from sin. Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the LORD.”


















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