The “Darth Vader” of the evangelistic world?

georgeverwermosbach.jpgGeorge Verwer, founder of Operation Mobilisation, spoke to the new recruits at OM’s January 2008 GO (Global Orientation) Conference, which I attended. Here are some of my notes from one of his presentations.  George is pictured wearing his signature map of the world jacket. George says he has a “Pentecostal heart” and an “Evangelistic head.” It takes both groups working together to reach the world. He has always stressed holiness in his work with OM, but the way he used to do it led too often to legalism. It takes a close walk in God’s love to avoid legalism. George says his “gifting” is to say one stupid thing in every message. (I didn’t hear any such stupid things in his comments to us, however.) One of his early messages was titled “Hunger for God.” He has found that this message can be depressing and wishes he’d done a better job with it, because 30,000 people have downloaded it! George acknowledges that he has a negative streak. He fears he has become the “Darth Vader” of the evangelistic world. How do we stay positive in a negative world? It’s the work of the Holy Spirit! and a lifetime pilgrimage. I John 2:1 (also read 1:8) was written so we would “sin not.” There is no sinlessness on earth, but lots of opportunities to “sin less” with God’s grace. Suicide has become more and more common in the world, even in the church. Sexual sins, too. God’s radical grace is needed to combat these. If we do sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, the righteous, holy one, Jesus, who has paid for our sin and will continue to forgive and cleanse us from sin. Producing holiness is a continuous process. It takes spending time in the Word, prayer and repentence, knowing God and acknowledging his radical grace, to produce holiness in us.