Max Solbrekken 1969 Gospel
Crusade in Guadeloupe, W.I.Outstanding Breakthrough Gospel Crusade in Point-a-Pitre
Guadeloupe, with Haitian Joseph Desrevere. Many converted
as great miracles of healing proved Christ's resurrection!
WHAT THEN SHALL WE DO?
By Pastor Max Solbrekken, D.D.
When it appears that all hope is gone and we have lost our grip on a moral society and when we have become overwhelmed by the struggle, it is then that we win. When our natural forces are weak and the advance of evil is trying to choke us, take heart my friend, it is then that we realize that we cannot do it alone.
It is only then, that we begin to cry out to our Heavenly Father for help, direction and the Holy Spirit's intervention in our lives and those of our fellowmen!
James Denny, Scottish preacher and theologian, said: “If God has really done something in Christ on which the salvation of God of this world depends and if He has made it known, then it is a Christian duty to be intolerant of everything which ignores, denies or explains it away.
William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army had the word OTHERS painted on the front of His pulpit. He wrote: “Not Called! Did you say? 'Not heard the call', I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help.
“Go stand by the gates of Hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father's house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters to come there. Then, look Christ in the face – Whose mercy you have professed to obey – and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world.”
John Knox the great Scottish preacher prayed: “O God, give me Scotland or I die!” Knox was imprisoned by the Roman Catholic church and spent 19 months as a galley slave, but God brought him through it all. The martyrdom of the saintly Protestant theologian, George Wishart turned Scotland from the papacy.
When John Knox returned to his native land, he was able by the power of God to break the shackles of that apostate religion. And by God's grace it is still free! While in Europe, I visited the John Knox House in Edinburgh, Scotland. Emblazoned on the wall were these words by Thomas Randolph: “I assure you, the voice of that one man is able in one hour to put more life into us, than five hundred trumpets continually blustering in our ears!”
JOHN WESLEY SAVED ENGLAND!
The life of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist Church, is awe inspiring. He and his Methodist Church is credited for saving England from the same fate as France during the French Revolution. Wesley said: “We went forth to seek that which was lost, more eminently lost, to call the most flagrant, hardened, most desperate sinners to repentance. Did any man ever pick out such places as these in order to find serious, regular, well disposed people? till God by us said unto them, “Live.”
Wesley, often called the Father of Modern Evangelism, himself sums up the form of evangelism he so firmly advocated in his own words:
“This love we believe to be the medicine of life, the never failing remedy for all the evils of a disordered world, for all the miseries and devices of men. Wherever this is, there are virtues and happiness going hand in hand. There is humbleness of mind, gentleness, long suffering, the whole image of God and at the same time a peace that passeth all understanding and joy unspeakable and full of glory.
“This religion we long to see established in the world, a religion of love, and joy, and peace, having its seat in the inmost soul, but ever showing itself by its fruits continually springing forth, not only in all innocence (for love worketh no ill to his neighbour) but likewise in every kind of beneficence, spreading virtue and happiness all around it. The plain religion now propagated is Love. And can you oppose this without being an enemy to mankind?”
Owners of ale-houses, and places of ill repute, robbed of customers who were finding new meaning to life in Wesley' popular teachings, were violent in their persecution of him and his wandering preachers. Spurred on by country squires, who in many cases controlled their church endowments, Wesley's fellow Anglican clergy were little better. “Often the behavior of attacking mobs could be traced directly to these so-called “men of God.”
WESLEY on this occasion, was met by a raging mob. He wrote:
“...A drunken rabble came with clubs and staves in a tumultuous and riotous manner...I had scarcely gone ten yards when a man...struck me with his fist in the face with all his might. Quickly after that, another threw his stick at my head. Another man, cursing and swearing in the most shocking manner, cried out, “Bring him away.
For three decades John Wesley was to know such treatment. When struck by a stone he would wipe the blood from his face and continue preaching. Church bells were rung to drown his voice, he was belted with stink bombs, and on one occasion a man was even bribed to shout, “Fresh salmon!” as a tasteful temptation for the congregation to desert him.
WESLEY writes: “Accordingly, at six I came and found such a congregation as I believe Epworth never saw before. I stood near the east end of the church upon my father's tombstone, and cried, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is not meat or drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.'
His missionary travels read like a guide book, the British Isles serving as his parish. After 1747 he crossed the choppy Irish Sea forty-seven times. John Wesley preached with the insight of a statesman, believing that the ground he had won could be retained only organization. In 1791, at the time of his death, there were more than a hundred thousand Methodists.
As America's President Woodrow Wilson noted many years afterwards: “The Church was dead and Wesley awakened it; the poor were neglected and Wesley sought them out; the gospel was shrunken into formulas and Wesley flung it fresh upon the air once more in the speech of common men.” - Taken from 'The Sawdust Trail' by Gordon Langley Hall
HOLD ONTO JESUS: RIDE OUT THE STORM!
A Gospel song says: “Hold onto Jesus and Ride out the storm”. By faith, see Jesus walking on the water coming toward you. See Him speaking to you, “Come and walk with Me on the water. Don't be afraid. The wind and waves cannot conquor you when you keep your eyes on Me!”
JESUS said: “Come unto Me all ye who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 28 -30);
“All that the Father giveth shall come to Me; and him that cometh to Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6: 37); “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Rev. 3: 20)
What is the answer to the worst dilemma confronting mankind? Jesus Christ is the ANSWER. He is the Hope of the world, the only Saviour of mankind and the Healer of Life's great problems. He alone is our Peace, our Life and our Joy! There are four essential truths that must not be diminished, downgraded or dismissed. They are the Word of God, the Blood of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit of God and the Name of Jesus Christ!
The Word of God has power to free us from bondage, sin, fear and sickness. The Bible says, "He hath sent His Word and healed them, and delivered them from all their destructions." (Psalms 107:20); “For the Word of God is quick (alive) and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Heb.4: 12)
The Blood of Jesus Christ is so powerful that it cleanses us from all our sin and purges the conscience. The Bible says, "If we walk in the Light as He is in the Light, we have fellowship one with another and the blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son cleanses us from all sins." (1 John 1:7);
“Neither by the blood of bulls and calves, but by His own blood, He entered in once into the Holy Place , having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh. How much more shall the blood of Christ, Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, PURGE your conscience from dead work to serve the living God?” (Heb.9: 12-14)
The Holy Spirit of God baptizes us into the Body of Christ at conversion and as we totally surrender to God, He fills us with His presence (1 Cor. 12:13). The Bible says: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein in excess; but be filled with the Spirit; (Eph. 5:18, 19)
“But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that liveth in you.
“Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit Himself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Rom. 8: 11, 26, 27)
The Name of Jesus Christ is the greatest weapon to drive Satan away from us. Jesus said: "Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel unto every creature, He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. He that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe.
“In My Name, shall they cast out devils...” (Mark 16:15-18); “And the seventy returned again with joy saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through Thy Name, And He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from Heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” (Luke 10:17-20)
HAVE WE FALLEN SO FAR?
What can we do when leaders in the church have been deceived? When God's Holy Word has been compromised, and enemies of the Cross are dispensing conflicting messages to seeking souls? When carnal pastors are preaching a watered down Gospel and giving false hope to the lost and dying?
Commenting on the political correctness, absurdities and backsliding that has invaded the church, a concerned Christian asked, “Have we fallen so far?” What have we done to the plain Gospel message of the Cross of Christ, His glorious Resurrection and the power of His Holy Spirit to change and transform lives? In the last thirty years there has been a mega shift downward and True Christianity that has been almost lost from our pulpits.
Some time ago a friend of mine lost his wife. She had received Christ as her Saviour and he also was born again. A Minister came to visit. She said, “You will feel comfortable in our church. We don't preach that old message of sin, the devil and Hell.” He said, “I asked her why she was in the Ministry, if she no longer preached the Bible.”
After testifying to her, she left immediately! A man who was delivered from alcohol lectured an ordained Minister on her duty to preach the Gospel!
Dr. Billy Graham made this powerful statement: “Americans have gone a long way down the wrong road.” (Nov.7, 2012). In a very few words the living legend pointed his index finger at our rotting society in the former Christian Western world and the United States in particular. He was saying that the train has left the station, heading down the wrong track and is grave danger of a serious collision with certain death, unless it gets its directions right!
According to a CNN News Report on Friday 5, 1993, Pope John Paul 11 stated that one does NOT have to give up the practice of voodoo to become a Christian. The Pope commented that the Catholic Church believes that religious freedom is an inalienable right.
Speaking at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on September 24, 2015, Pope Francis made this false statement: “The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds. God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and not produce fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus Christ and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross.”
Is the POPE ignorant of the Scriptures that prophesied Christ's death and resurrection hundreds of years before his birth in Bethlehem? Christ's death on Golgotha was a glorious Victory? Jesus was born to die! Did Jesus Christ fail? A thousand time NO!
Jesus said: “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of God be lifted up.” (John 3: 14): “But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.” (Rom. 4: 24, 25)
DEVIL IS REAL IN THE VATICAN!
The Devil is lurking in the very heart of the Roman Catholic Church, the Vatican's chief exorcist claimed on Wednesday. Sicilian priest and long-time exorcist Father Benigno Palilla recently told Vatican Radio that requests for exorcisms had tripled in the past few years.
There were now, he said, 500,000 alleged cases of demonic possession recorded in Italy each year. With a population of around 60 million, this means the Devil is apparently active in one of every 120 Italians.
That’s a lot of demoniacs and a lot of demons – at least some 500,000 of them if they’re not multi-tasking. As a result of this demonic epidemic, a six-day school will be held in Rome in April at a Catholic education institute, the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, to train clergy in how to recognize and deal with the demonically possessed.
Why the sudden increase in possession by the Devil? Palilla attributes it to an increase in practices that “open the door to the Devil” – such as people seeking out wizards and fortune tellers, reading tarot cards, and generally dabbling in magic and the occult. All this seems rather odd coming out of a Vatican under the reign of the apparently “modern” Pope Francis.
The Devil is a real person, “armed with dark powers”, the pope declared in a television interview in December 2017. Satan gets more than a dozen mentions in the document as Francis talks about how life can be “a constant struggle against the devil, the prince of evil.”
The Bible declares: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.” (Acts10:38); “...For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3: 8)
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will fee from you.” (James 4: 7); “Be sobre, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion goeth about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist steadfast in the faith...” (1 Peter 5: 8,9)
St. Paul warned: “Neither give place to the devil.” (Eph. 4: 27); “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Cor. 10: 4,5)
JESUS CHRIST IS NOT NEGOTIABLE!
The Gospel is Good News for Fallen Man. It is the Glad Tidings of the great love, mercy and grace of God projected toward a sinful and rebellious race! The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology states: "The Gospel is the joyous proclamation of God's activity in Christ on behalf of man."
The Gospel is the good news that Light has come into a world of Darkness; that Peace has come into a world of Turmoil; that Healing has come into a world of Sickness; that that Love has come into a world of Hate; that Forgiveness has come into a world of Sin; that Life has come into a world of Death; that Freedom has come into a world of Bondage; that Slaves are made free by the Liberator of the Human Race!
And that Light, Peace, Healing, Love, Forgiveness, Life, Liberty, Freedom and Eternal Life is none other than Jesus Christ the Son of God. That He was crucified for us, rose from the dead and is sitting on the Right hand of God as Saviour, Redeemer, Advocate, High Priest and Intercessor!
The Western Report, Feb. 8, 1993, regarding the story of Christian Unity in Alberta stated: Edmonton’s Dr. Max Solbrekken is more blunt: “We can’t sit at the same table with people who presume to change the Word of God - call God the Father ‘she,’ license homosexual acts, change Christ’s own Words on marriage, or deny that He rose from the dead. That’s blasphemy. The only truth that unites Christians is the person of Jesus, and he is not negotiable. I’m all for Christians joining together, but Christ is the living Word, not an ‘evolving idea,’ and he doesn’t change with the times.”
FROM THE MANGER TO THE CROSS!
Christ's vicarious death and glorious resurrection from the dead drives us to repentance and faith, as we see His hand of mercy extended to a lost, fearful and sick world.
The Cross is the expression of God's love for us. It is the very pinnacle of His mercy and grace to an enslaved people, bound by lust, greed, pride and hate. The Cross of Christ has been referred to as the axis of salvation, the climax of the cosmic battle between God and Satan, between good and evil!
JESUS said: "As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. Therefore doth My Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again.
"No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command have I received of My Father," (John 10: 15-18); "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." (John 15: 13)
The Bible says: "For when we were yet without strength (hopeless) in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die, yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
"But God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." (Rom.5: 8-10)
THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD!
The Sovereignty of God demanded punishment for sin and the Cross provided the Final Solution! From the Gates of Eden - after the Fall - until the death of Jesus of Nazareth on Golgotha, God used the sacrificial system to forgive the sins of His people. Innocent lambs, goats and bulls were sacrificed as substitutes for sinning man!
When JESUS cried, "It is Finished", Almighty God rent the veil in the Temple and left the Holy of Holies. Standing on Golgotha's Hill, He laid His hands on the head of His Son, transferring the sins of the entire world (past, present and future) onto His Paschal Lamb.
The Lamb of God had been sacrificed. He had propitiated for our sins. The Father was satisfied. The account was settled for time and eternity! The fountain of blood was opened for sin and uncleanness. His blood was flowing. JESUS had met the Demands of Divine Justice in the courts of Heaven, in payment for all our sins!
"And he (thief) said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy Kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise.
"And the sun was darkened and the VEIL in the temple was rent in the midst. And when Jesus had cried with a loud voice, He said, Father, into Thy hands I commend My spirit: and having thus said, He gave up the ghost." (Luke 23: 42-46)
The Great Exchange was done. The sins of Adam that had been laid upon the human race had now been transferred to God's incarnated Son. Our sins were imputed to Christ and in exchange, His righteousness was imputed to us! (Rom.3:21-26; 4:6-8; 5:11-21)
The Bible states: "But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by His Own Blood He entered in once into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
"For if the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ Who through the Eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the Living God?" (Heb. 9: 11-14)
Speaking to the pagan philosophers of Greece about Jesus Christ, St. Paul stated: "For as much then that we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to REPENT.
"Because He hath appointed a day, in the which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man, Whom He hath ordained; whereof He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead." (Acts 17: 30, 31
LIFE THROUGH THE BLOOD!
ANDREW MURRAY wrote: "Reconciliation and deliverance from Guilt become the blessed entrance for us into a life in which the Blood, as it was transported into Heaven and abides there will be truly the power of divine abiding life in us." - The Blood of the Cross
MARTIN LUTHER stated: "First, the blood of Christ remains the same blood of Christ. For we believe and hold that the blood of Christ that is now at the Right Hand of God, was shed for us only Once." - Church & Ministry, Luther's Works, vol. 40, p. 215
ST. PAUL states: "But this Man, because He continueth ever, hath an unchanging priesthood. Wherefore He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God through Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.
"For such an High Priest became us, Who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens: Who needeth not daily, as those high priests to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's; for this He did Once, when He offered up Himself.
"For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity, but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, Who is consecrated forevermore." (Heb.7:24-28)
Clearly stated, there is but ONE God and Father and ONE Lord Jesus Christ Who is both Creator and Sustainer of the world and Sole Saviour and Redeemer of the Human Race and ONE Blessed Holy Spirit of God, Who draws all men to Christ!
All other so-called gods and goddesses and deities are mere Counterfeits, Imitators and Pretenders. It is Christ and Christ Alone Who saves, heals, delivers and liberates from sin, fear, sickness, disease and all the powers of Darkness and Satan!
"But to us (Christians) there is but ONE God, the Father, of Whom are all things, and we in Him, and ONE Lord Jesus Christ by Whom are all things, and we by Him." (1 Cor.8: 6) Amen.
A MESSENGER BOY FOR JESUS!
After discussing the outstanding miracle healings that had occurred under our ministry, the editor of a major Norwegian newspaper asked, “Who is Max Solbrekken?” I replied, “The boy delivering telegrams does his job and gets back on his bicycle, often without being thanked. The boy is not important but the telegram is.
Max Solbrekken isn't important but the message is very important. “I am just a messenger boy for Jesus!” Next day's Newspaper had a large picture of this preacher, and the article covered a full page. The headline screamed, “Max Solbrekken: A Messenger Boy For Jesus!”
For more than 50 years, it has been my privilege to carry the Gospel of Jesus Christ to multitudes across the world, the Lord working with me and confirming His Word with miracles, sign and wonders!
From 1989 to 1995, I conducted major crusades across the former Soviet Union. In 2004 and 2005, by God's grace I ministered in four Ministers Conventions with a total of 10,000 preachers in Brazil, and in Parque Brasil in Paulinia, S.P. Brazil I preached to more than 300,000 people on April 13, 2005. Our latest Gospel Unity Crusade was in Kampala, Uganda in 2011.
One of my greatest joys was preaching to Muslims in Darfur, Sudan in 2006, and Cairo in 2007. To God be all the honour, praise and glory, through Jesus Christ the Lord!
Theologian James Denny wrote: “If there is any truth in Scripture at all, this is true - that those who stubbornly refuse to submit to the Gospel, and to love and obey Jesus Christ incur at the Last Advent an infinite and irreparable loss. They pass into a night on which no morning dawns. The judgment of the Church is the instrument of God’s love, and the moment it is accepted in the sinful soul it begins to work as a redemptive force.”
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