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GOD’s NEW THING

The need of a new thing

There is a growing sense and conviction that a new thing on the
Lord´s part is a pressing necessity. There is a feeling that we
have gone so far and have come to a place where it is at least
difficult to go further without some fresh movement from the Lord´s side.

I think most of the Lord´s true people are sensing something like
that, and it is put into this phrase – `a new thing´. But we must
be careful as to what we mean when we use a phrase like that.
What do we mean by a new thing on the Lord´s part?

We must be careful because we must realize that the Lord has
not been experimenting and, as the result of His experiments,
finding things to fail and discarding them and then trying
something else. That is not the case. The Lord has never experimented.

Experimentation on His part would imply at once limitation of
knowledge, that He did not know how things would work out,
and that He was just trying it out to see.

When the Lord started, He started with what was absolutely
successful. There is no question there. The Lord´s first way
and first means were absolutely successful. It is Christianity
that has deviated from the effective, successful way of the Lord.

So that what will be a new thing with the Lord´s people will just
be a return to the original. Perhaps it sounds like a charge,
almost an accusation, to say that to return to the original would
be quite a new thing. Nevertheless, to a very large extent that
is true, and the necessity for that return proves the validity of
the original. You will have to come back to it because it is the
only way.

He has a much more to say on this at

Isa 58:12  And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
 
Isa 61:4  And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
and how can we do that if we refuse to acknowledge that the old (the original)  has been laid to waste, and is desolate (Ichabod)?  The model is in the New Testament.  Do we want to be those who, are The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.?  There will be a price to be paid, people are comfortable in their religious ways and will gnash on you with their teeth.
Some think we can go to the new without dealing with what went before, they think it can be bypassed and just jump into the new.
Everything God does is built on previous foundations of truth.  Each part of the foundation must be returned to the original condition before we continue on to the next, lest we build and uncertain and flawed foundations.
Many will want to only build on the first foundations and then stop. 
The church has never achieved everything that Jesus said it should be.  That is our goal, but it is an original and old goal.  It is only knew because we have not walked in it as of yet.
 
See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant  Jeremiah 1:10  
Before rebuilding, we must root out, and pull down, and destroy and throw down the ways of man and must purge the leaven and separate the precious from the vile, for God would build on a pure and sure foundation.
 
Thus says the Lord: “Stand at the crossroads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies; and walk in it,and find rest for your souls.” But they said, “We will not walk in it.”  Jeremiah 6:16
 
Are we those who will say,  “We will not walk in it.”?  We want things fixed, but not replaced.  Not replaced with the ideas of man, but with the pattern God has established.  We are not looking for a new thing, we are looking at the orginal thing and casting asunder all that does not conform to that pattern
 
Ne 2:17  Then said I unto them, Ye see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lieth waste, and the gates thereof are burned with fire: come, and let us build up the wall of Jerusalem, that we be no more a reproach.
Do we even admit that Christianity as American’s practice it, lies waste and the gates thereof are burned with fire?  Are we so used to the way things are that we can no longer discern the difference between the acts and works and ways of the New Testament and today’s ways?
Amos 9:8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD. 9  For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. 10  All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11  In that day [end of times] will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12  That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
To say that we are a sinful kingdom seems harsh.  But our youth are involved in premarital sex, and our adults are involved in extra marital sex and divorce is as great in the church as it is in the world, and we love worldly pleasures and its entertainment, even when we put a Christian label on it.  
 We have forgotten what true repentance means, and we use grace to excuse our carnality and worldliness.
 And while some of the church indulges in it, the rest of the church tolerates it.   Is not that evidence enough?
It it is not true, why so much sin (and it is increasing)?
Are we aware of His present sifting?  Are we willing to be those who to endure His sifting or  helps Him to sift?
Look at the price the prophets and Jesus and the apostles paid to restore the ways of the kingdom for the people.  It is a harsh calling, a needed calling.  Who will endure it?  Who will choose it?
Where is the standard raised against sin loudly and clearly?  Where is the complete remedy declared? Where are the clear and uncompromising voices?  Where are the prophets of today?
We may not be among those who are guilty, but we are among those who tolerate and refuse change.
It is those who are God’s corn that will lead the people to build the tabernacle of David (which is an interesting study- one view here)  
We can not build, we must not build until we close the breaches.  As we proclaim and insist and bear the wrath of the American church, God will build His church from those same ruins.

How Is a Church to Function, Scripturally

Today’s churches do much the same as the Saducees and Pharisees did.  They take the simplicity of scripture and faith and write many rules and conditions about it.  Church function is very simply stated in scriptures.

It foundation, of course is Jesus Christ, Who gave Holy Spirit gifts to His saints so that He could build the church through them as they waked in the Spirit.

There are very few “rules” to follow.

And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  Mark 12:30

If that is not the basis of all a church is and does, then it is not a church.  When we love God in that way, we love His people, His ways, His scriptures, HIs kingdom, His laws.  Every sin and thing that goes wrong in our life or the life of a church happens ONLY because something is loved more than Him.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.   Mark 12:31

The second is only the reaction people have to one another because they love God and love those He has created, just as He does.  We are to be expressions of God’s love to one another.

If those two commandments were followed, there would be no conflicts, no problems in personal lives or in the church. That does not mean that the worldly and the fleshly will not persecute those who obey those commandments.  Scripture clearly shows that is not the case.

Scripture gives examples regarding what that looks like in practice.

  • Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Romans 12:10  Do we honor our brethren?  Do we prefer their growth above ours?
  • I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called,  With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3
  • Let brotherly love continue. Hebrews 13:1
  • Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 1 Peter 1:22
  • Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 1 Peter 2:17
  • Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:8,9

God does not abide phony love

  •  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  1 John 3:18
  • Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 1 John 4:11
  • If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?  1 John 4:20

In order to love properly as God loves, we must discard the world’s definition of love.  God’s love is always intent on His eternal perposes and bringing each saint into the fullness of their calling and giftings so that we may bring Him glory.  God’s love is focused on conforming His saints into His image, earthly happiness and joy needs to be sacrificed for the joy and happiness of knowing Him.

Before any discussion of differences can be addressed, the above areas must be brought before the Lord.

Leadership

The church has adopted the world’s understanding of leadership as one who controls another.  It is based on titles and position.  God’s leaders a chosen based on accounatability.  They must answer to God regarding how they lead.  They are part of the way God builds His church (discussed later as part of Ephesians 4). They must do nothing other than lead by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.  They do not dictate, but are called to declare the Mind of God in areas where the church would otherwise be at a standstill.  They are subject to the Spirit as He may speak through those he is accountable to lead.  No voice is to be ignored, and each saint must consider the words and actions of the leader and test them to see if they be of the Spirit.  How one goes about confronting a leader or a brother or sister regarding differenences in understanding is address later on this page.

A leader is not a boss.  When rebellion occurs, the rebels are rebelling against God if the leader has spoken God’s words. A true leader reacts like Moses did.  He warned the rebels, and then stood aside and let God handle them.  That usually happens after the process of Matthew 18: is followed (discussed below)

  • But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; (servamt) Matthew 20:26
  • Philippians 2:3  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

How to Resolve Differences

In three short verses, God shows us how to resolve all differences and rebellion

  •  Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.  But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.  And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Matthew 18:15-17

This assumes that those in the church are walking in the Spirit and are spiritually minded.  When one is not walking in the Spirit or spiritually minded, they are not participating in the life of the church and should remain silent..

Preachers of Righteousness

Art Katz

I believe that God wants to make a statement concerning the phenomenon of the preached word, not only for those who are responsible for bringing the word of God, but also for the whole church at large. In my observation, we do not adequately esteem the spoken word as being the word of God. We do not understand what ‘preaching the word’ means or the condition of the vessel that brings it. It is the responsibility of the church to provide the environment and atmosphere conducive to bringing the word of God. When I say ‘word of God,’ I am not speaking about a biblical message. It is better understood as the appointed and express word that God Himself gives.

I have therefore entitled this essay, Preachers of Righteousness. The thing that makes any preacher righteous is that he is not speaking his own word. The word is not his own; it is God’s, and that alone is what makes it righteous – in the refusal to speak out of his own capability and savvy. It is a phenomenon that has been so little addressed by the church. There is hardly any understanding of the dynamic and great weight of the divine things between God and man involved in true proclamation. While the world may have its oratory, it is only in the church that the phenomenon of true proclamation is found.

Preaching is a divine function; it is a phenomenon that needs to be respected, esteemed, cherished, prayed and travailed for. True preaching as the word of God can only be proclaimed by a preacher of righteousness. It means that a divine perspective is being brought to men on the earth, and more often than not, in the earth. It is a collision between perspectives and value systems. When God speaks He is not speaking to adorn, support or endorse what is in the world. He is bringing a heavenly perspective unique to Himself. It is a divine perspective. And invariably that perspective is at odds or at enmity with that which prevails as the conventional and acceptable wisdom of the world. God ‘turns over the apple cart’ of those things that are cherished, esteemed and held dear by men – even in the church.

The church is called to be pilgrims, strangers, and sojourners in the world. And not the least of the functions of preaching is to stab God’s sleeping people into an awareness of the degree to which they have unconsciously succumbed to the world and its values. One of the functions of the church is to ‘blow the whistle’ and to reveal the farce, the falsity, the charade, and the whole deceptive mechanism that constitutes the world. God is in complete opposition to the conventional wisdom of the world. And if we knew it and were hearing that kind of word and receiving it, we ourselves would also be in opposition with the world. We ourselves would be uncomfortable and know our pilgrim status and know that we are here for certain purposes. Are we agitated in our spirit like righteous Lot? Are we exacerbated by the evil all around us?

It will take courage to bring a word of that kind because even within the church itself there is a vested interest in its own self-perpetuation. It does not want to have its apple cart turned over. And in order to continue the vices by which it is sustained – often the gifts, offerings, tithes of its members – it shrinks therefore from offending. But the word of God in its essence is an offense. So, for a man to bring such a word, and threaten his own security by upsetting those who are paying his bill, is almost a contradiction in terms. To compound the predicament, many preachers themselves are so ensconced in the system that they do not see the necessity for a word of this kind. They could not even conceive of it, let alone bring it.

For this reason, the preached word will be resisted and unwelcome. It brings a heavenly view into the earthly place. This means that there will be every kind of powerful opposition by the world’s powers of darkness. They want to retain or allow their wisdom to be accepted as normative. The world and its system trivialize the things that are ultimate and absolute and make absolute and ultimate the things that are trivial. It seeks to diminish the solemn and significant things of God – even to keep them from consideration. It is a complete turning of things upside down. The function of preaching is to set them right.

True preaching is to bring the divine perspective to bear in a way that will affect men’s understanding and their lives. A plumb-line has dropped from heaven, and adjustments will have to be made with the word that has come. You cannot go on with ‘business as usual.’ One of the ways in which I know whether the word that proceeds out of my mouth has been received is to see to what degree men will continue with ‘business as usual’ after the word. If the word that is preached makes no requirement, it is not God’s word. It can be biblically correct, it can be a wonderful homily, it can encompass biblical themes, but if it makes no demand, it is not the word of God. God will not send His word into the earth that we should be amused and entertained. His word requires, and invariably it is a radical requirement. And for that reason, we hear so little of a true preached word, for men do not want to be required of, or require of others what they would not have required of themselves.

One of my great complaints about the church is how little it requires of its members. And therefore it is essentially a passive ‘pay-the-bill,’ ‘come-for-our-Sunday-fix’ and go home with nothing really altered. Our witness is therefore almost negligible. We do not constitute an island of reality in a sea of unreality. We are so one with that unreality that we cannot distinguish the voice of God when it comes. We are not attuned to hear a word that calls us into the heavenly perspective in order that we might live a heavenly life while in the earth. Such a word would occasion an opposition if not a persecution to those who bring it – as well as upon those who receive it. So we intuitively shrink from hearing and considering the word, which if taken seriously would invite an opposition from the powers of darkness.

God says that it pleased Him “through the foolishness of preaching” to save them that would believe. We need to know that preaching is the epitome of foolishness. If we do not know it as that, we do not know what true preaching is. God entrusts a heavenly word to proceed out of earthly lips, out of a man who is dust and who knows it, and who is so aware of his frailty. For the true preacher of righteousness, the proclamation of the word is always an urgent issue of life and death. He feels that it is a once-and-for-all moment that will not be given again. He sees it not as a sermon but that very eternity is at stake. And that is the way we ought also to feel who are hearing that word. The proclamation of the word is not the exclusive responsibility of the speaker; there is also a responsibility put on the people who are hearing it, so as to draw it out of God’s very heart as something cherished.

It makes a world of difference what the attitude of that corporate fellowship is. If they are sitting with arms folded, looking cynical, looking at their watches, thinking that it is ‘just another sermon,’ then that is exactly what they will get. But if they feel that this is a once-and-for-all occasion that will not be given again and that the man who has come has been sent, then it will affect the character and the quality of the word that issues out of the man’s mouth.

A lot of us, who are mumbling under our breaths and holding the preacher at fault for the failure really to deliver the goods, do not know to what degree we are affecting the spoken word. The Lord may be chastening an entire fellowship by the diminishing of the word through the minister, who accepts it as being somehow his own failure. It is a humiliation that he has to bear in the office that he is functioning in. It may be the result of his own failure, but equally that of the fellowship that fails to understand the significance of the spoken word.

What we do on Saturday night or before a meeting will adversely affect our ability to hear the word and respond to it. If we were watching television and think nothing of indulging ourselves in totally unspiritual conduct, and think that the pastor will bring the goods the next morning, then we will be dulling our spirits. God will not accommodate an attitude of indifference or carnal mindset. We should be up the night before on our knees, if not our faces, praying for the word the next day.

Do we see the word as mere instruction, or do we live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God? We ought to be bearing the speaker up and identify with him in the peculiarity of his calling. We should be sensing his trembling and frailty. We are in something together, and we have got to know it and pull together if we want the true word of God. And God is not going to give it if He sees a heart that is not willing to be changed by the word or even suffer its inconvenience.

The preacher of righteousness, therefore, has an unwelcome task. It is a task of an ultimate kind that requires an ultimate anointing, lest it be dismissed as merely something interesting or moving. It is God speaking through a man that requires a man’s life. Something is at stake in the hearing of the word. Those who heard Paul at Mars Hill were eternally accountable to God for that hearing. To hear an apostle once is enough to be held responsible for that word and its eternal consequence. The whole atmosphere of church life and the whole corporate character of church would be elevated, deepened, made more serious, and made more significant if we rightly understood the phenomenon of preaching. Not least would be the giving of ourselves in prayerful support of those who are called to this remarkable and awesome task.

The man who brings the word is at the same time himself the message. You cannot disassociate the one from the other. He is not some kind of antiseptic, impartial mechanism with a voice that God happens to employ. He is a living organism, and the word’s credibility and power of penetration are altogether related to the truth of the man who is bringing the message. If he himself has not lived it, if he himself is unwilling for the cost of it, then his word will fall to the ground. It will be an interesting word, but it will not be requiring. He is for that reason a candidate for the dealings of God and the sifting that the requirements of God necessarily call for. You cannot require of others what you have not given yourself.

The proclamation of the word is not a professional function but spiritual. The man is integral to the word he proclaims. It may well be that we are getting shallow words because the men who are speaking are living shallow lives. They have kept their defenses up. They have kept themselves safely from the kinds of challenges and threats that would have deepened their knowledge of God in the school of suffering. They are unwilling to enter the fellowship of the Christ’s suffering. They do not want to suffer humiliation and disappointment. And so they guard their lives in such a way that keeps them from the imprint of God, and therefore they cannot conceive of the kind of word that requires. In a word, the true preacher is a sufferer. He not only suffers while he brings the word, but there has also been a necessary history of suffering that has preceded it.

I am suspicious of any man who comes to the pulpit and who has every appearance of ‘having it all together’ and can hardly wait to open his Bible to let forth. I doubt whether such a one is a preacher of righteousness. A disposition that is meek and lowly is more appropriate. In Spurgeon’s generation, the pulpit was called the ‘Holy Desk.’ You were coming up to a sacred responsibility to which no man was capable. But the pulpit now has become only a piece of furniture where you place your bible and papers.
The first function of the word is death. It is a word that must necessarily kill before it makes alive. It is a word that cuts and wounds before it heals. But if you are a nice guy and don’t want to offend anybody, then you void any possibility of life being ministered. If you cannot bear to see anyone made uncomfortable and you, therefore, refrain from the cutting, you disqualify yourself as a preacher. The true preacher of righteousness needs, therefore, to have had the experience of the pain of death in himself that enables him to bring the word of death. Only then can it become the word of life. If he is self-conscious about how he is being received and understood, he can forget about any redemptive word of life. He has got to be dead, both to the rebuke and rejection of God’s people, as well as their praise.

We void the word of God as being the word of God whenever there is any Cross-avoidance or where there is any unwillingness to suffer disappointment, and even an unwillingness to bring pain. We live in a kind of a patsy, religious culture that wants the whole thing to take place in one meeting so that the people can go home happy. And the pastors who are acting out of their pastoral concern do not want to see the congregation agitated or offended.

They want the whole thing nicely wrapped and packaged and delivered in one meeting. But often the man of God brings a word that is not going to send the people home happy; he may send them home disturbed or perplexed and let them steep in the death of that word. In contradistinction, our whole culture is instant and pleasure-oriented. It avoids pain and suffering, which is another way of saying it avoids the Cross. And so the service has got to be an enjoyment, not an agitation that leaves people with unanswered questions.

The preacher has got to live with the tension that however much he has prepared himself and felt assured that this was the word of God, he may well have missed it. Or even if he brings it, he may well have corrupted it by some inadvertent thing that will slip out in the course of his speaking. It might even have the effect of dulling the word or even contradicting it, or give the hearer a reason to abdicate from the responsibility of the word because they have found something defective in what the speaker said. It is an uncanny kind of suffering that is unique to preaching and the function of the preacher.

It is like walking through a minefield. God’s people are instinctively looking for a flaw or a failure in the speaker so that they will have grounds to invalidate the word itself. So the man has got to live with the tension of that framework of understanding. The sense of weakness, the sense of infirmity and the sense of frailty are intrinsic to the preaching. The man may look virile and sound authoritative, but in his own heart and experience, he is fully aware that he is a “son of man.” He is susceptible to the nature of man and its weakness. And even if he is speaking correctly he is yet capable of corrupting his own word by some inadvertent illustration, a wrong inflection, or some kind of thing that will remove the obligation of his hearers to take that word seriously. It is a remarkable tension. But I would say that a Christian is one who has voluntarily given himself to the understanding that living with tension is a form of suffering intrinsic to the life of faith itself.

Paul speaks about “preaching Christ.” This does not mean that every message has got to be ‘about’ Him. The true preaching of Christ more often than not is implicitly a Christ-centered message even when He is not explicitly the subject of it. If it truly is the word of God, then Christ is being preached. What He is in Himself, what He represents in Himself, the essence of His divinity and humanity is being set forth in the word – even if the subject is, for example, about Israel.

Much can be said of the preparation of a preacher, not in the shaping of his message, but the shaping of his character, his life, and his own relationship with God. He needs a private, personal, unseen, devotional time with God on a daily basis. What the man is publicly is altogether a statement of what he is in private. If there is no authentic, daily, continuous and devotional life at the onset of the day, then there is little likelihood of being the bearer of the word. That is why we can hear the same message from two different speakers. We yawn at the one as it goes over our head or bounces off harmlessly, while the other man is gripping and penetrating. The difference between the two is that the latter has a continuous, daily intercourse with God in devotion. And devotion is not devotion if you are going before the Lord for the express purpose of finding a text or a message for the day. That is a utilitarian spirit; it is a commercial transaction and no longer a true devotion.

While it was yet dark and before the daybreak, Jesus was with the Father in a communion of prayer in a devotional relationship. It was not for the purpose of receiving instruction for the day. But when the daylight had broken and the demands came down, what had been wrought in His private devotion would then be expressed throughout the rest of that day. If you are a religious professional, you will not have the time for that kind of devotional life. You would be too busy with a multitude of details, and therefore, that neglect will be reflected in the lack of authority and penetration in the word that is preached.

The preacher of righteousness will trust the Lord for the word to be given. If the Lord is giving the word, He will be the Alpha and the Omega of it. He gives the beginning, which is usually creaky, and He will also bring the end. Preachers like that don’t grow on a tree; they come out of a fellowship. And their first and early messages are usually an admixture of flesh and Spirit. He needs, therefore, a loving environment that can bring correction to his attention at the appropriate moment. And he can hear and receive because it is not calculated to shoot him down, but to encourage his growth and maturity. The church itself is a key factor, providing an environment in which proclaimers of God’s word come forth.

The bringing forth of the preachers of righteousness in the Last Days is an exquisite work of God. But it will not take place without the participation of saints who understand the drama and the significance of it and are willing to give themselves in encouragement in the bringing forth of such men and their word. There needs to be a bearing with him because he is often going to be ungainly and frequently speak at the wrong time. He may even spoil an otherwise good service! So it takes maturity in a people that are not service or success-oriented to bear with such a man over a process of time, till he comes to a place where he can bring the word of God to a people.

The preacher of righteousness brings not only the word of God, but also the voice of God. How often do we hear those scriptures in God’s lament over Israel, “They failed to heed my voice…” There is something about the texture of God’s voice that comes forth in true preaching. The word brings a dimension, a cogency and a seriousness in its sounding. You can almost tell where a man is in the realm of the Spirit by the timbre of his voice. It is an index of the depth of God’s working in that man that will affect in a personal way how his voice comes forth.

The man is caught up with the word. The voice of God and the word of God that comes forth are a statement of the proximity of that man to God over a long course of time. It will reflect his willingness to bear the dealings of God that have dug deep and sifted, and refined him. Obedience to speak the words of God implies that even the expression of those words be in the mood which God Himself gives – not our own more acceptable mood or disposition. Our life is not our own; our mood is not our own; our emotions are not our own. Therefore, God has to have the full possession of mind, body, soul, and spirit.

Something needs to go forth to raise up men who will bear the word of the Lord, preachers of righteousness, in every locality in this final generation – men that are willing for the ‘school of preaching,’ for the dealings of God, for the Cross of God and for the sufferings of God. The word of the Lord needs to go forth out of mouths that can be trusted in order that God’s people can be fed, nourished, nurtured, challenged, changed, prepared, and fitted for the Last Days’ obligations upon the church. There are requirements and mandates called for, especially to cynical, rationalistic Jews. They will need to see a demonstration, even in the spoken word, that indicates something more than mere oratory.

They need to see a heavenly discourse coming down from above, incarnate, being expressed through man.

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Everything I write is a work in progress, for like all, I can only know in part and see in part and rely on other saints to fill in the parts I have missed or correct me when wrong.  The Holy Spirit speaking through scripture is the only One Who reveals truth.  I care not what famous theologians have said if it does not agree with what the Holy Spirit reveals.  Men like to draw a circle around what they believe and construct fences that prohibit challenging their beliefs.

Most saints do not approach scripture by the Holy Spirit, but through the lens of those who went before them.  And that can be valuable unless they limit themselves to that approach,  There is FAR more in scripture than what the Holy Spirit has yet revealed and all that He will further reveal will be through scripture.

On this site you will find neither scholar nor expert.  This is a site for those, whether scholar, expert, or others who are simply seekers of His face and His truth and His kingdom.

It is rather obvious that Christianity and the church does not look anything like the way it was instituted.  It is no longer turning the world upside down.  Its foundations are cracked and unstable and need to be restored.

And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.    Isaiah 58:12

Most churches recognize that things are not right with Christianity, otherwise they would not be praying for revival.  Revival brings back something that is missing.  But they do not think anything is broken with their doctrines, traditions, ways of ministry.  They just want something added that endorses and improves on what they like and know and are comfortable with,

See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant  Jeremiah 1:10

When God sends anyone to root out, pull down,and destroy and to throw down those things that are amiss or idolatrous in their midst, he is cast out and a divider of the brethren, and is never given a chance to build and to plant.  Before building or planting it is always necessary to clear the land,  We don’t know and won’t admit the extent to which our foundations have been corrupted

Thus says the Lord: “Stand at the crossroads, and look,
and ask for the ancient paths,
where the good way lies; and walk in it,
and find rest for your souls.”
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”          
Jeremiah 6:16;7

We are ever looking for new paths and ways.  The old ones don’t work for us anymore.  That is because we did not walk in them as we were meant to walk in them.  We walked in them according to our own understanding and not as led by the Spirit of the Living God.

Nothing is ever our fault,

 “God has changed His mind,

He does not do things that way any more,

that was for then, we need something for now.

Our culture and way of life us much different than theirs”

We refuse to believe what God plainly states in scripture, and that is our condemnation and the very and only reason why the church looks nothing like Jesus’ church.

Even the Great Commission

  • Mr 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Is ignored, not believed and not obeyed.  We never hear anyone preaching the gospel of the Kingdom as Jesus and His disciples always did.   Jesus NEVER himself or told His disciples to proclaim the kingdom of God without proving it with healings and deliverances.  So, where to we get the warrant to pretend like it is not one command, instead of several commands.  It was proclaiming AND demonstrating the Kingdom of God and His reign over all.

We preach a truncated gospel that is good enough to get people in the door but not sufficient enough for them to live an overcoming life, one that turns the world upside down, and give practical proof that the principalities and powers over this world have been conquered by Jesus Christ

The WORD OF FAITH and NAR heresies have well been used by satan to make people gun shy about even looking into the commands and promises of God and satan is delighted.

We must take the very verses of those heresies and demonstrate how God meant them to be understood and used.  There is nothing wrong with those commands and promises, but like anything in the supernatural they can be counterfeited and abused.  If there is a counterfeit, there must be the real. It is far past time when we need to reveal the real.