“The outpouring of the Spirit brings with it the sense of the future, and a church without a future is a depleted entity. A church that does not anticipate the consummation of the age has lost its identity as the church. Therefore, when we do not have that future because we do not have the Spirit, we stagnate at the level of conventional and predictable church life, nothing more than a succession of Sunday services. The evidence of that can be most pointedly seen in our children who are bored with church life, and we often have to drag them by the scruff of the neck to our functions. They would not be sitting in our congregations waiting for the thing to end, nor would they be drawn off and attracted to other questionable amusements, if we were living in the context of an end. The general character of our meetings is a terrible indictment against us because we have not raised up for our own children a standard and quality of life that compels their attention and their participation. We have not persuaded our children that what we are about is earnest and authentic. Though they may not articulate it, we are to them no more than some kind of adult Sunday culture.”
1 Corinthians 4:19-20 (NASB)
19 But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
20 For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power.
1 Thessalonians 1:5 (NASB)
5 for our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.
2 Corinthians 3:5-6 (NASB)
5 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God,
6 who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
The gospel is not the presentation of an idea, it is a demonstration of power. It seems like there is a lot of presentation going on in the church, yet no demonstration. If we are to return to an apostolic model for the church, then there must be a return to a demonstration of power. I am not speaking of our flakey charismatic services, I am speaking of the wind of the Spirit sweeping through our lives bringing it’s fire and producing, not a pseudo-spiritual experience, but bringing a lasting and eternal change. The one thing that contrasts idolatry with true worship is that people cling to idolatry because it demands no changed life. True Worship of God demands a changed heart! The worship of a false Jesus has prevailed in our land because it is a Jesus that demands no change, cost us nothing to serve and therefore people can temporarily relive the soulish burden and guilt of sin and religious obligation until the following Sunday or Wednesday night. People go to church and receive a bible “presentation” although everything they hear may be doctrinal, factual etc.., however as correct as the presentation might be, if the Spirit does not breath on those words and give them life, then the presentation actually dulls the hearer instead of enriching them. We need foundational ministers, vessels filled with the very life of God, to be restored into the body to bring back the demonstration of the Gospel and shame those who have clung to the dead presentations. Only then will God be glorified in the church, because currently with our dead presentations, we have only succeeded in bringing reproach to His name.
The Holy Spirit goes out into all the world, wooing man and pointing Him to Jesus. He is convicting hearts and revealing “true” righteousness to the hardened minds of men. In these last days He has been doing His true work of leading multitudes of people out of darkness into The Light. No true Bible scholar or teacher can argue the fact that it is the Holy Spirit’s work and power that redeems man out of his sinful and perishing state. In spite of all that God has done in this marvelous work, even in this nation of the United States, man has done his best at destroying the plan and purposes of God for His church. The church is in rebellion against God, even the ones that He Himself has pulled out of darkness and raised as sons, they have turned against Him and furthermore the fruit of their actions and ministries is evidence that they don’t even know Him. The manifold wisdom of God shed abroad over the whole earth through the cross, the “mind” of God sitting on our book shelves and desks within arms reach and we still choose the inferior wisdom and traditions of man over the infinite and eternal wonders of God’s Word. I ask myself what will become of the Last Days church, will we continue to be weighed down with iniquity as we almost mockingly try to be God’s light and representation on the earth. Will we continue to make our proselytes “twice a son of hell” because we put the light in their hearts and then we don’t show them according to God’s Word to walk in righteousness and fear before a Holy God. As a representation of our Lord we have become corrupt, to find an authentic “body” one must search high and low to find a remnant in obscure places. Those who at the start of the race were sent forth and commissioned by the Lord have now forsaken Him to serve another Jesus and another master. Oh! the deception of the boastful pride of life, Oh the deception of the demonically inspired traditions of men! Our Great Sin is that by joining up with the world, we as a body have become like Sodom. Our leaders have not wanted to hear, much less preach the Word of the Lord and only a remnant in this hour are giving their ear to the teaching and instruction of the Word. Isaiah the prophet declared the Word of the Lord over Idolatrous Israel that God hated their solemn assemblies. They had become a burden to Him, He even said that they spread out their hands to Him and He hid His eyes from them and furthermore that even if they offered many prayers He said He would not listen(Isaiah 1:13.14). The question to those who have, like myself, recognized this problem, do we just sit by as objective observers and acknowledge how God is working through impure vessels despite themselves. Do we just take note of how small pockets of precious souls are getting delivered in the midst of man’s forms and models of churchianity and continue to be silent and appeased while large groups of would be saints are going to hell in droves. Or, do we rise up as a prophetic people and plead with the spiritual leaders and with our brothers and sisters to turn back to God. Should we risk it all like the prophets of old, should we cry out like Isaiah “COME NOW LET US REASON TOGETHER WITH GOD!!!” “LET US WASH OURSELVES FROM THE FILTH OF RELIGION AND LEARN TO TRULY FOLLOW GOD” The first option will cost us nothing and as a result we will have more of the same. The second option will cost us everything and sadly there are no guarantees that our one voice will change anything. In fact we might even be rejected by all, we may be written off as a fruit cake or a fanatic with some kind of agenda and vendetta against the church. We will be ostracized by the who’s who of Christianity and there may even come a time very soon where those who kill us will think that they are doing a service to God. Truly the second option comes at a great price, perhaps it is for this reason that Jesus said many are called, but few are chosen. It is with eager anticipation that I await the day that the prophets are no longer silent…..
Here is an audio message by Jimmy Tate. Jimmy is a dynamic preacher out of Lafayette, LA. he delivers an insightful and powerful message concerning modern revivals. In modern times Christians have been holding sensational events and conferences claiming them to be revivals and outpourings of the Holy Spirit. Do all of these gatherings weigh up to Scripture? To answer that question the speaker goes into the gospels to a revival that Jesus actually attended. The answer to the first question then brings us to a second one, “would Jesus attend our modern day revivals?”