THE TUMULTUOUS 2020s: THE COUNTER CULTURE CHURCH CANNOT CO-EXIST (Part 4)

In spite of church growth-ism in America … in spite of the greatest number of megachurches in our history … in spite of many seemingly successful Christian enterprises…in spite of pastors boasting of their supposed impact … we are experiencing the most rapid moral decline in America’s history.

Atheism and heathenism have accelerated. Our public school system and universities are mass producing socialists, communists and those with an aggressive anti-Christ agenda. And get this: Nearly half of all Millennial Christians now believe evangelism is wrong. Hard to believe that one, but those Barna surveys are fairly accurate.

Driven by a lust for popularity, position and power, many church pastors and leaders have wantonly turned a deaf ear to this national disaster that has dismantled faith and morality in America. It is a terrible thing to think that much of what we call “Christianity” in our land has become a system void of the reality and power that marked its earliest beginnings. In a majority of our churches, tradition, formality, entertainment and social justice have actually made their version of “Christianity” perhaps the greatest enemy of the cause of Christ—a bastion of order, technique, form, and philosophy that has ironically served to immunize us against the real Christ and the real gospel. Probably the worst of it is that we’ve become a consumer-driven and image-based enterprise that has left off the real demands of Christ and the call to genuine discipleship that makes us all fishers of men.

Listen to the words of Eugene Peterson:

“A huge religious marketplace has been set up in North America to meet the needs and fantasies of people just like us. There are conferences and gatherings custom-designed to give us what we need. Books and videos and seminars promise to let us in on the Christian “secret” of whatever we feel is lacking in our life: Financial security, well-behaved children, weight loss, exotic sex, travel to holy sites, exciting worship and celebrity teachers. The people who promote these goods and services all smile a lot and are good looking.

“We have become consumers of packaged spiritualities. This is idolatry. We never think of using this term for it, since everything we are buying or paying for is defined by the adjective “Christian.” But idolatry it is nevertheless: God packaged as a product; God depersonalized and made available as a technique or program. The Christian market in idols has never been more brisk or lucrative.”

HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS

As men and women, young and old, are becoming more and more dissatisfied with the systems of this world and of the American gospel enterprise version of Christianity, we are now seeing a remnant of true God seekers who actually pray and fast, and are passionate lovers of Jesus who will not compromise the gospel and resort to slick marketing to draw the attention of society. They are preaching the offense of the cross of Christ, not with enticing words of man’s speech but in demonstration of the Spirit and power of God. They are trusting the Holy Spirit to direct and build the church. We are now seeing a growing number of these messengers and God-men on the scene, and more are coming. It is a countercultural Christianity that will be contagious and spread like wildfire among those who long for real meaning and purpose in life. These are the Jesus people, the Jesus lovers.

This will result in a collision with consumerism Christianity that’s based on compromise and flows with the culture. There will be a mass exodus from so called “progressive” and “seeker-friendly” churches, and a great harvest of prodigals and false converts will be restored and genuinely converted. It will upset the religious crowd and much of our humanistic American culture. The two shall no longer coexist. There will be uprisings. There could even be riots. There will be increased persecution of the righteous. But there will also be revivals and explosions of zeal witnessed in fiery new converts.

Everything that can be shaken will be shaken. It’s not too late. In fact, it’s just beginning.

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WE ARE ENTERING INTO A NEW ERA

The Godhead has been converging the ages for several decades. We are crossing over into brand new era. We are moving into an era of both great judgment and great glory, cleansing and consecration, repentance and restoration. This convergence has been in the making for nearly 70 years but is now fully upon us.

This new season will lead the Church into a new era where she will more efficiently grasp the end time. Once judgment, thorough repentance, and cleansing runs its’ course, the earth will be overwhelmed by the power and glory that shall be in manifestation through the glorious Church. Then the worst shall come, but the true Church will be gone.

We have no grid for what the Lord will do through a glorious end time Church. The Church has never faced and done what she is about to face and do. Many will be surprised. Hell shall be shaken. Multitudes shall awaken. God’s majesty and holiness shall be revealed and stun the world in a time of gross darkness.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,  and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you” (Is. 60:1-2).

The Lord has been preparing His Church for such a time as this and many will realize that they’ve not known Him and will awaken to righteousness. His awe shall be in the Church and in the earth. People will fall on their face and tremble. The harvest will be reaped by a cleansed, consecrated, and flaming fire Church.

The world is rapidly changing and the frequency of awe inspiring and fearful events is fast moving with all things culminating in the future rule and reign of Christ. The kingdom without end shall be more prominent and recognizable. Instead of churches being a subculture, the real believers shall become a counterculture. Its’ government will increase in visibility and its’ function shall be heightened through a very radical remnant. The King will present Himself as He really is and people shall marvel.

We have entered the harvest of the end of the age. The greatest ingathering of souls is just beginning. The greatest move of God we’ve ever seen in our lifetimes is upon us. The gross darkness that is upon the people will only make the light of God’s kingdom appear brighter.

During the time of Israel’s greatest apostasy was also the time when the greatest prophets arose and championed God’s cause for a return to radical righteousness. God is calling many to herald the truth of the gospel with fresh fire.

The greatest days of Church history are not in our past but in our present and in our the future. Believing this will activate you and move you into it. We are crossing a bridge where all the moves and activity of God from past generations will converge. The Holy Spirit is retro-fitting all past outpourings and various anointings and rolling them all into one and reactivating them for our times.

We are entering into the glorious Church era which is far different than what the Church has been known for today. Jesus will build His ekklesia that will shake the gates of hell. The true Church has never been built by man. Christ shall define His true Church and further expose the hybrid empty form of showy superficial Christianity.

The Holy Spirit is brooding over His people and moving them into a divine dissatisfaction. There is a hunger among the remnant for His real glory. Hope is rising and callings are being activated and reactivated and many more will now voice their faith.

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