sought for the key to the greatness and genius of
Not until I went into the churches of
Amos 8:11 - 12 (NASB) 11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord GOD, “When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather for hearing the words of the LORD. 12 “People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.
coming back from the
come to my attention that John McArthur has spoken on the Focus on the Family
show and his theme is: God has left
one don’t believe God has so much left
believe part of the answer is the American church has gone a long way down the
path of unbelief in God as the truly Living God! We have a head knowledge of Him but no real
heart knowledge. After 9-11 the churches
were full for several weeks, but the church didn’t raise to the challenge and
the people drifted back to their secular world.
Pastors are primarily to blame for this condition. They are not hungry for the Living God as
much as they are hungry for their next pay check or for a bigger church for a
bigger offering. Many operate in pride
and what to build a large church for their ego.
Ted Haggard built a 14,000 member church while toying with homosexual
sin. How could that be? When the intellectual with the gift of
charisma and an eloquent tongue, but a heart full of self and sin can build a
large church something is wrong.
Pastors! Your pulpits must flame
with the wonder and power of the Living God!
When your pulpits flame your pews will flame and the Church will rise up
and become Gods tool to shake
We don’t see God’s wonders in American because of Trust issues. First of all we don’t trust God. We think we can run our lives pretty well and really only need God when the going gets a bit rough. Many people leave the church on Sunday morning feeling good that they have done their duty and now they go back to their fundamentally secular lives. Many don’t understand that a Christian’s life is wholly sacred in every part. The sacred haunts our beings at all times and we cannot escape it. We would not escape it!! Oh heavenly flame, burn our dross!!
But God demands our all and will accept nothing less. That brings us to the second issue of trust. God doesn’t trust us. He will not trust a half hearted people with His power and glory. People that are half hearted are inherently glory stealers and God will share His glory with no man. He simply will not work through people who hardly know Him.
almost 1,200 years the Church lost the truth that salvation was in the
atonement. That Jesus on the cross saved
us. That may be hard to believe for
many, but it was the Pietists and Martin Luther and finally Wesley and
Whitefield up into the 1700’s that brought that truth back to the church. Today in most churches we know that if we
acknowledge that Jesus paid our price on
But we have not really gained all the truth the early church believed. They believe that healing and deliverance was also part of the atonement and that Jesus saved us completely on the cross. See my article on The Healing God.
American ripe for judgment, wrath and destruction? Most people look at the scenes of sexual
impurity, creeping secularism, abortion etc. and say surly God will judge
us. My heart cries out because of these
things as well. But it is the Churche's
fault that this has happened.
The real question is do we have a remnant left in the Church that really
cares and wants God to use them to cause a flame to burn in the Church? Do we have pastors that are willing to give
it all up to God and let Him burn them up with His consuming fire and make
their pulpit their altar of sacrifice?
Is their a remnant of those in
the story in Genesis 18 verses 16 – 33.
God and Abraham have an amazing conversation. God is heading to
My point is that there is a remnant in the land. I am one my brothers and sisters. I am wholly given over to my Lord. He owns me and I am His and He is mine.
we come to what the crux of this all is.
I was praying tonight and I asked the Lord if American was destined for
destruction and the Lord said this: “No Evan, but
Oh people, we must pray, we must flame with the consuming fire of God. Come and join the band of the wholly redeemed and burn for His glory!!