And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost. —Acts 4:31
A church can go on holding the creed and the truth for generations and grow old. New people can follow and receive that same code and also grow old. Then some revivalist comes in and fires his guns and gets everybody stirred, and prayer moves God down on the scene and revival comes to that church.
People who thought they were saved get saved. People who had only believed in a code now believe in Christ. And what has really happened? It is simply New Testament Christianity having its place. It is not any deluxe edition of Christianity; it is what Christianity should have been from the beginning….
[T]he Holy Spirit will not come on a church where there is no biblical body of truth. The Holy Spirit never comes into a vacuum, but where the Word of God is, there is fuel, and the fire falls and burns up the sacrifice. FBR027-029
His Word is not mere intellectual light, but spiritual life and celestial fire….[R]ead it with burning hearts and glowing love as the love letter of His affection and the mirror of His face. CTBC, Vol. 4/347