Pinecrest Bible Training Center

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.

Beginning in 2008 the vision and bible school that God so graciously gave Wade Taylor beginning in 1968 came to an abrupt end, falling into the ground and dying.-

We now wait for God to raise up and bring forth His seed of promise in another, that the vision fail not.

Summer 2008
Quality of Worship
Wade E Taylor

Christians who have never been together before in a Gospel meeting, such as takes place during a Pinecrest Convention, are able to worship the Lord in such beautiful harmony and flow of expression that a casual observer might think that they had been worshiping together for years.

Worship brings unity into a Gospel meeting. It releases the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon a service and helps in creating an awareness of the Lord's presence within those who are worshiping. Also, worship hinders the functioning of demons and principalities and aids deliverance, where needed. Therefore, the Holy Spirit readily imparts the enabling power that lifts corporate worship into a flow of harmonious expression.

This inner capability of flowing together in audible worship relates to the fact that we received at the time of our salvation experience the enabling ability to express worship to the Lord. This “spirit of worship” abides deep within each one of us, and awaits an opportunity for expression. All that is needed for us to begin to worship the Lord is the proper atmosphere, and a little encouragement.

There are many different expressions of worship within the Body of Christ. The first time that I attended a Full Gospel meeting, I was greatly disturbed by the loud audible worship, and attempted to leave. I understood “blessed quietness,” but I had never heard everyone in a service singing and worshiping the Lord freely and loudly. Today, I am eternally thankful that the Lord had His way and that, though slowly, I entered into this same spiritual freedom and expression of worship.

Worship increases our desire to experience the presence of the Lord. It is a key to our becoming sensitive to His presence and to our learning to recognize His voice. As we are faithful in our expression of worship to the Lord, we will become increasingly more aware of His abiding presence, and more easily discern His voice. Our vocal worship will do much in helping to develop these spiritual qualities within us.

Moses both knew and valued the presence of the Lord. “And He (The Lord) said, my presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. And he (Moses) said unto Him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence” Exodus 33:14-15. This intense desire within Moses to have the presence of the Lord abide with him did not just happen. It came about through circumstances that caused him to diligently seek the abiding presence of the Lord.

Though Moses was “learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds” (Acts 7:22), he failed in Egypt and fled into the wilderness. Here, while keeping the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, he pursued the call that rested upon his life as he journeyed towards the mountain of God.

As he traveled he noticed, at a distance to the side of his path, a bush which burned with fire but was not consumed. “And the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed” Exodus 3:2. After Moses noticed this burning bush, he said “I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt” Exodus 3:3. He responded quickly to this visitation from the Lord.

“I will now turn aside.” This speaks of something within Moses that desired and was responsive to the presence of the Lord. Notice that the Lord appeared in a bush that was “a distance off to the side” of the path that Moses was taking, even though he was moving towards the mountain of God. This is because the Lord wants to be wanted. He seeks a response from us that indicates our desire for His presence. He chooses to reveal Himself in such a way that it requires a deliberate action on our part as an indication of our true desire for His presence.

This passage of Scripture speaks to the heart of the vision of Pinecrest Bible Training Center, and of the Banner. Always present in the ministry of Pinecrest is the intent to impart a desire that leads to developing within us a “spiritual sensitivity” which can more clearly discern His presence and respond to Him. This “bent of spirit,” or “spiritual aptitude” towards His presence does not come easily. It must be actively cultivated and sought after. Worship is a key to developing this spiritual sensitivity and aptitude for His presence.

“And Moses said, I will now turn aside ... and WHEN THE LORD SAW that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I” Exodus 3:4. Although Moses was intent on moving towards that which pertained to God, he desired the presence of the Lord so much that he willingly responded to this manifestation of the supernatural. He was obedient to the voice of the Lord, though at the time he did not understand what was taking place.

I can personally relate to this action of Moses in turning aside. When I first came to Christ entered this “Full Gospel Church” and as the church service began I found myself disturbed by their loud audible worship and the emotional response to the presence of the Lord which at the time I could not understand. I attempted to leave because it was so different from anything that I knew. However, the Lord hindered me. Gradually, I began to see that there was something special there, and “turned aside” from the liturgy to which I had been accustomed, in order to stand in the presence of this audible worship, and receive from the Lord.

All of us are affected by the worldly environment that surrounds us. As a result of this, we develop varying amounts of sensitivity to earthy things. When we became “Born Again,” we received the capacity to know and respond to eternal things. Through the working of the Holy Spirit within us, we began to understand that we were now a new creation, and that we had entered a new and higher realm of life. We learned that the purpose of the Lord is not to build up the temporal, but rather to introduce us to the supernatural. This understanding will help us to turn aside from temporal things, and to focus our attention on cultivating an increasing sensitivity to His presence and to eternal things.

Due to the present spiritual climate in our country, there is an urgent need for an increase in the quality of our worship. As the presence of the Lord increases in our services, those who are spiritually hungry will be drawn by this manifestation of His presence and will turn aside to worship the Lord with us. The presence of the Lord will draw those who are truly spiritually hungry.

Later, while I was in Bible school, during the mid 1950's, a heavy anointing came upon a service and our singing blended as one voice. Spontaneously, every one became quiet. And many audibly heard the “Choirs of heaven” singing. Then in perfect harmony, everyone then began to worship along with them. Heaven had come into our meeting.

As we worship, there will develop a “flowing” with the Spirit that lifts us into His presence. Here, we enter into the realm of His rest, the atmosphere of Heaven. This “atmosphere of heaven” is tremendously important, as the Lord is present to both work and move within it.

When I was in bible school I learned a very important spiritual principle from one of my teachers, Walter Beuttler. It was very simple, yet absolutely profound. He said, “The Lord appreciates being appreciated.” This may not seem special, but it expresses something that is very close to the heart of the Lord. We all desire to be appreciated, but the Lord uniquely appreciates being appreciated. He shares His presence with those who appreciate Him, and who let Him know that they do.

This means that when the Lord has moved in some special way in one of our services, or has blessed us with His presence, then we should be very careful to take enough time, after we have enjoyed His presence, to say “Lord, You are here, and we want to let You know that we know that You are here, and that we like it very much.”

Our worship is tremendously important. Our music, our worship, everything that we do in a service should be directed towards coming into this dimension of His revealed presence. We should develop this sensitivity to His presence so we will be able to recognize His presence and know when to turn aside as He comes into our meeting.

When Moses responded to His presence and turned aside, the Lord spoke to Him and imparted the instructions that led to the deliverance of His people from bondage. The Lord enabled Moses to lead them into a land that was flowing with milk and honey. The fruit of His revealed presence is satisfying.

As we begin to respond to His presence in our day, as Moses did in his day, there will come the deliverance that we so desperately need.