Forth unto Him
Wade E Taylor
"Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people
with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth
therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come"
For most of us, time goes by all to quickly. I can still
remember the last time when, as a child, I said "I am
going out to play." As Christians, we are sometimes tempted
to feel this way, but our times of "playing" are
forever past. A very serious time is upon us.
Pinecrest has passed its twenty first year of operation.
Therefore, the behavior and expression of spiritual maturity
should be found in the ministry of Pinecrest by those who
read the Banner, or come as a visitor or student. This places
a solemn responsibility upon us. The urgency of the hour in
which we live requires much of us.
The world is struggling with conflicting ideologies that
war against each other. Some of this has spilled over into
the religious realm. Materialistic ideology has failed to
bring about the utopia its prophets had predicted. Because
of this, multitudes are turning to some form of the supernatural.
The problem is, many are looking for results apart from God,
His Church, and His Word. Thus superficial religion, along
with the occult is spreading.
The Church has a tendency to get involved in religious "fads."
Some sincere Christians have, in a flush of zealousness, "launched
out into the deep" with one of these fads, without any
consideration of its Scriptural foundation, or of how it might
affect others. Some have been so hurt or confused by this
that they become bitter or cynical, and fall away from the
It is possible to stay free from this pattern of excess by
remaining spiritually very conservative. This means staying
with that which has been tried and proven. Though this is
right, it is not the complete answer. We must trust the Lord
to lead us on to new, unfolding areas of Scriptural-spiritual
In the past, while searching for its identity, Pinecrest
tried some of these "fads." We soon realized that
none of these were producing unity in the Church or quality
Christian character. The Lord has been faithful in setting
us free from such and in guiding us into an understanding
of our true identity and calling. Concerning spiritual issues,
we are no longer "going out to play." There is within
the very fiber of Pinecrest an expanding sense of responsibility
Pinecrest is called by the Lord to be a spiritual "City
of Refuge" where many can come to receive spiritual insight
and strength to better face and go through the storms of life,
or to prepare themselves for a higher calling and purpose.
The Banner serves as a beacon, lighting the way to Pinecrest
for those who are spiritually hungry, and who desire more
in God than what is made availible where they now are.
We constantly look to the Lord, that the vision and ministry
of Pinecrest will continue to abide upon a clear doctrinal
foundation that is true to the Word of God. We desire to build
upon this foundation a ministry that is progressive and cautious,
yet free from an ultra-conservatism that would rob us of a
"going on with the Lord." We must be spiritually
open to what the Lord desires to reveal to and accomplish
through His people in our day.
John the Baptist was a voice prepared by the Lord for a crucial
time of transition. As he beheld Jesus coming upon the scene
of His day, he spoke something that had never been said before:
"Behold The Lamb of God" Today, the Lord is calling
those who are truly seeking to know Him into such a prophetic
dimension. However, great responsibility comes with a ministry
such as this. Remember, John lost his head.
When Pinecrest began in the Fall of 1968 as a Bible Training
Center, a "word" was given that Pinecrest was to
be a "Place of Refuge." I wondered how this could
be. Pinecrest is located on 150 acres of pine trees and sand,
where it becomes bitter cold in the winter. Then the Lord
caused me to know that He was speaking of a "spiritual"
refuge, rather than a place for physical survival.
Being "a place" of spiritual refuge puts great
responsibility upon us. This requires an "open heaven"
in which abides the manifest presence of the Lord. The Lord
can only give this among those whose life style includes personal
holiness and integrity of character. This atmosphere of His
abiding, manifest presence and anointing can be maintained
only through an active personal and corporate devotional life,
along with a sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and a respect
for His chastening hand upon our lives.
At Pinecrest, "The Word of God" has the place of
primary importance. Yet, we are called to emphasize not only
the doctrine and letter of the Word, but also our entering
into subjective experiential truth. That is, truth that has
become personalized within our life experience so that our
personal testimony reveals the "substance" that
the written Word has produced within us.
All such subjective truth must "measure up" to
the written Word of God. It is our prayerful desire that the
Banner and Pinecrest Bible Training Center possess a spiritual
purity and quality which will allow them to be used as a "plumb
line" that can be trusted as a "measure" against
which personal revelations and experiences can be tested.
If a hundred dollar bill is questioned as possibly being
counterfeit, it is compared with one that is known to be genuine.
The counterfeit may appear so good, by itself, that its imperfection
cannot be detected. However, when compared with the real item,
it becomes evident that it is a counterfeit. To do this, one
only need hold it up in the light along side of a real 100
dollar bill. Pinecrest is called for this purpose. In the
reflection of the reality of His abiding manifest presence,
our revelations and experiences will be revealed for what
"I love them that love me; and those that seek me early
shall find me ...That I may cause those that love me to inherit
substance; and I will fill their treasures" Prov 8:17,21.
That which we have known through the letter of the Word is
to become spiritual substance within us in a practical way.
This will increase our love for the Lord and point us toward
further revelation and understanding. Not only will this enrich
our own personal experience and walk with the Lord, but it
will result in our having a greater spiritual authority and
power that will enable the Lord to be made known in reality
to this lost and dying world.
Many come to Pinecrest with desperate needs within their
lives. This places upon us a great responsibility to see that
these needs are met. God forbid that we should preach "at"
people, attempting to show how spiritual we are. It is our
prayer that we will maintain a genuine burden to see the power
of God in operation, imparting to those whom the Lord sends
a genuine desire to personally worship, know, and serve our
The world has a saying, "It is better to keep quiet
and let people think that you are a fool than to open your
mouth and prove it." We can be so cautious and conservative
that we fail to move on with the Lord and find ourselves left
behind, abiding in the place of proven safety. It is better
to trust His grace; respond to the drawing power of His Holy
Spirit and move with Him beyond our present understandings.
The Lord is looking for a people that will go with Him into
new territory. He is establishing places of refuge where those
who have a true spiritual hunger may come to personally meet
"Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp,
bearing his reproach" Heb 13:13.