Michael L. Brown has a very good article which is reprinted below these brief comments of mine. A very important and timely article.
A revived in Biblical truths, a repentant and humbled Church revived in preaching, exhorting, reproving, rebuking, admonishing, TEACHING and INSTRUCTION in all of God’s Word to build up, uplift the body to obey the Head is the only hope for America.
This is only accomplished when carnal pastors, preachers and ministers repent of their worldliness, their carnality, their more concerned with appeasement and pleasing people, adhering to the popular New Age ideologies (merely rebranded paganism) and humble themselves to RELY UPON THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE HOLY BIBLE as the SOURCE of the words they preach from the pulpits.
And to preach the Word, Biblical truth — not politics or New Age doctrines, what people think they need to hear, want to hear with their itching ears enjoying the fables as in truth it is demonic, it is Satan in the pulpits rather than men of God.
This is only achieved through constant, fervent, diligent individual AND CORPORATE PRAYER among genuine believers asking God for this to be brought about, having faith and not limiting the power of the Spirit of God to work.
A TRUE, SINCERE, REPENTANT, GENUINE AWKENING, or REVIVAL WILL NOT COME ABOUT WITHOUT ORCHESTRATED REGULAR CORPORATE PRAYER GROUPS ASKING IN A FAITHFUL & SPIRITUAL MANNER OF GOD.
We do need to be the light of the world as Scripture tells us we are to be. To be the salt of the earth as Scripture tells us we are to be. Salt — flavoring our daily lives, flavoring our speech, our behaviors, everything we do with the Word of God influencing us and therefore flavoring everything about us, to be seen and then those seeing will not honor us, but will see the light of the Father in us and glorify Him as the Bible tells us so.
For the few genuine men of God preaching the TRUE gospel, the TRUE Word of God we all need to pray for their continued faithfulness in this spiritual war being waged.
The battle rages. The war goes on and will.
Do not expect leave. Do not go AWOL. Do not feign injury and plan to sit it out in some hospital bed claiming too ill to fight, let others do it.
Stand. Boldly. Diligently. Openly not being ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ nor anything contained within the Word of God.
Some cheer on this erosion and jump for joy claiming it merely indicates Christ’s return is immanent, which it is — but while cheering in this manner, which is sinful and not holy nor righteous, each person practicing such behaviors is ignoring the exhortation to be a light unto the world, the salt of the earth and to preach the gospel, to live the gospel and to be an example unto others so they might see Christ through us and be brought to Jesus Christ.
What does it say when all we do is cheer on the end of everything and to hell with anyone else being saved from this point on, just looking out for ones own backside!?
Woe to any in that pitiful boat or way of thinking and living!
Pray dear ones. PRAY! Pray in your secret closet alone with the Lord and also even more importantly? PRAY CORPORATELY IN ANY SIZE GROUP, AS A CHURCH, A WORKPLACE, A SCHOOL, A NEIGHBORHOOD that we as a people repent, turn from our sin, carnality, worldliness and evil ways and turn back to God, Jesus Christ the Lord and the Word of God, PRAY that the CHURCH WAKES UP AND REPENTS OF ITS APOSTATE WORLDLY CARNAL FALSE DOCTRINES and turns back to the Lord — and this begins with the people AND THE PASTORS, PREACHERS AND MINISTERS.
Not forgetting to pray for those solid in their faithfulness preaching the true Word of God to not waver, not fall and to remain strong growing in their faithfulness to continue to preach the TRUE WORD continually as long as Almighty God blesses them with breath and a beating heart!
Do not forget to pray for those you might imagine are not in need of prayer…they need as much, if not more than everyone else.
No one knows the time of the Lord’s return — and if you are among those in error believing it’s of no matter because you’re going to be caught up in the clouds for a big party with Jesus BEFORE the Great Tribulation arrives it is time to reevaluate where and how you came to that conclusion, because there is nothing in Scripture stating that. Yes, Jesus is coming back again — one more time — to settle everything and defeat the evil armies of the world, to set His foot upon the Mount of Olives and establish His Kingdom, but He is not coming back TWICE, once to spare all the believers from suffering and what the Great Tribulation brings.
Still won’t believe this?
Think long and hard on this FACT. In Revelation John sees and writes of the countless sea of those who were beheaded during the REIGN OF THE ANTICHRIST FOR THEIR FAITH and writes how the Antichrist goes to war with the saints.
If every righteous Bible believing, God believing disciple of Christ is swept up into the clouds PRIOR TO THE GREAT TRIBULATION then all teaching, preaching reading of the Word of God would have vanished from the earth. All that would remain would be sheer godless seething evil. No believers. No preaching the Word. No salvation. No conversion. No Jesus, no God — just evil seething hell on earth devoid of the Bible, devoid of God, devoid of Jesus.
So who then does the antichrist go to war with? Believers in what if not God and Jesus and the Word?
You doubt, deny what the apostle John saw in the revelation Jesus Christ Himself provided for John to witness and record?
Think long and hard.
Study, meditate and pray even more fervently, long and hard.
Best prepare. For the time is at hand and no one knows when the Antichrist will appear and when his worldwide fascism and out and out war on all true believers commences and the beheadings being, the suffering the likes of which the world has never witnessed and never will.
Is there a “rapture?” As was briefly, ever so briefly MENTIONED WITH NO TIMELINE in Thessalonians? Yes, there is. And that rapture will occur in the twinkling of an eye when Jesus appears in the clouds as described in Revelation 19. When Christ then appears to every eye on earth in the clouds then every remaining believer on earth will be transformed in the twinkling of an eye joining the Lord in the clouds.
Not before all the suffering begins.
I heard a well known, nationally known pastor who appears on Christian radio announce that if there isn’t a “rapture” BEFORE the Great Tribulation he will lose all his faith and have no idea what to do!
Are you kidding me? Woe to anyone such as that!
Suffering, sacrifice is what being a true Christian is about.
If the Lord could suffer as He did — spotless, blameless, sinless sacrificing Himself, enduring the shame, the beating, the being spat upon, the whipping, being nailed to a tree — and if that is not suffering enough? THEN TAKING UPON HIMSELF, GOD the divine and Jesus the human, TAKING UPON HIMSELF THE SINS OF EVERY PERSON. Can we even begin to imagine what taking every sin of every person from that point in world history to the end of world history, when He returns FELT LIKE, WAS LIKE!?
So, it’s all right for a blameless, sinless God to suffer like that and sacrifice like that, and for the apostles and saints to suffer as they have — but not us. Nope, not us. We’re going to go from our over sized air conditioned homes and luxury cars and soccer practices and grocery stores with enough food to feed an entire nation and our sheltered, comfortable lives enjoying perpetual freedoms and no suffering, no sacrifices, no tests of faith, no persecution? Why? Because it’s us and not someone else in some other place or time?
Wise up people!
Down on our knees in prayer asking forgiveness, asking spiritual wisdom, discernment and strength, asking for increased faith.
Repenting of our carnality and thinking we’re in, once saved always saved and we get a “Get out of suffering” “Get out of the Great Tribulation” card because it’s U.S. and not THEM.
Think. Think deeply. Think things through. Mediate and study upon the Word of God. Not the word of men.
ACP — A Crooked Path
Thursday, April 18th, 2019
A Revived Church Is America’s Only Hope
By Michael L. Brown
April 18, 2019
Reprinted from: ASK Dr. Brown
What happens when a nation loses its conscience? When the light barely shines in the darkness? When truth is obscured by lies? We can answer those questions with another question: What does America look like in 2019?
We are a nation adrift. A nation confused. A nation in danger of completely losing our moral bearings. A nation where right is now wrong and wrong is now right. A nation where evil is celebrated and virtue is denigrated.
But I don’t primarily blame the society at large for these problems. I don’t primarily blame the people of the world (although, to be sure, each individual will give account to God for his or her actions).
I blame us, the believers, the followers of Jesus. We who claim to speak for God.
I blame us, the ones who are called to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
There is too much compromise in our midst. Too much carnality. Too much worldliness. Too much hypocrisy. Too little encounter with the living God. And that’s why so many churches are bleeding members.
As the brand new Gallup poll reports, “U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades.” Yes, “Half of Americans are church members, down from 70% in 1999.” And “Membership has fallen nine points among those who are religious.”
In my view, one of the biggest reasons people are leaving the church is because they are not truly encountering the Lord (or, are no longer interested in Him). And, quite naturally, decreased church membership quickly translates into decreased church influence.
Put another way, less light shining means more darkness. And the less brightly that light shines, the more the darkness prevails.
Really now, how can we change the world if we have become like the world? How can we point people to Jesus when we hardly resemble Him? How can we call for social transformation when we haven’t experienced (or, are not currently walking in) personal transformation?
I’m truly thankful for the millions of committed Jesus-followers in America today. They are swimming against the tide and going against the grain, no matter the cost. They are raising their children in godliness and keeping their marriages holy. And as singles, they are living with real integrity.
They are good witnesses on their jobs. They are making a difference in their communities. They are rich in good works. They are sharing their faith with friend and foe alike.
What great examples they are, even as the world scorns and mocks them.
But, for the most part, they are exception to the rule. And that’s because, for the most part, the American gospel is a watered-down gospel, a cheap substitute for the real thing. It bypasses the cross, promises happiness and prosperity, and neglects the call to consecration, to sacrifice, to service.
No wonder we can number in the multiplied tens of millions yet our spiritual impact is so minimal. No wonder we can have an almost endless number of outlets – from TV to radio and from our pulpits to the internet – with such meager results.
Gallup reports that, “U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.”
Worse still, “Most millennials were too young to be polled in 1998-2000. Now that they have reached adulthood, their church membership rates are exceedingly low and appear to be a major factor in the drop in overall U.S. church membership. Just 42% of millennials are members of churches, on average.”
That is a cause for real concern.
That alone should get us crying out to God afresh.
That alone should cause to ask some deep and searching questions.
In his book The Signature of Jesus, Brennon Manning made this striking statement: “If indeed we lived a life in imitation of his, our witness would be irresistible. If we dared to live beyond our self-concern, if we refused to shrink from being vulnerable, if we took nothing but a compassionate attitude toward the world, if we were a counterculture to our nation’s lunatic lust for pride of place, power, and possessions, if we preferred to be faithful rather than successful, the walls of indifference to Jesus Christ would crumble. A handful of us could be ignored by society, but hundreds, thousands, millions of such servants would overwhelm the world. Christians filled with the authenticity, commitment, and generosity of Jesus would be the most spectacular sign in the history of the human race. The call of Jesus is revolutionary. If we implemented it, we would change the world in a few months.”
He was not exaggerating at all, and this is America’s most pressing need: to recapture the revolutionary nature of the gospel and to live it out for the world to see.
Organized religion is not the key. Another new strategy is not what we need. Improved methodology is not the issue.
What we need is a fresh encounter with Jesus. A return to our knees, to the Word, to holiness, to the power of the Spirit, to sharing our faith afresh, to boldness, to passion, to compassion.
When that happens in the Church, the world will be affected — dramatically. It is America’s only hope. It is revival or we die!