By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Sep 1, 2009 in AM Missives, Current Issues, Devotions, Features
For the word of the LORD is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the steadfast love of the LORD. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host.
He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; He puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him! (Psalm 33:4-8, ESV)
Who Would Be In Awe Of The God With A Man-Shaped Hole In Its Heart
There is a real spirit of universalism masquerading today as love and tolerance, which is dominating this time of tepid indifference we are now living in. However, there is no place of neutrality ala Switzerland in this spiritual war. While the visible church in America is crumbling down all around them self-centered children are busy playing with their toys or sticking their heads in the sand going within themselves, to experience…well, themselves—or worse—seducing spirits, whom they think is God.
And when they come emerging from playpens disguised as churches their hue and cry is always: “Unity! Unity!” But all the while Christ Jesus stands outside imploring His children to come away from this darkness of man-centered religiosity passing for the Christian faith oozing from the various off-shoots of the semi-pelagian (at best) Church Growth Movement; be it the pragmatism of Purpose Driven Pope Rick Warren on the one hand, or the Elvis of the Emerging Church quasi-rabbi Rob Bell on the other.
But why no tears for the lost? Because as more and more of mainstream evangelicalism comes under the spell of the postliberal cult of the Emergent Church, now morphing into Emergence Christianity, there are none lost but those who “opt out” of the salvation they have when God reconciled through Jesus on the Cross all things which He created within Himself—to them there are no lost. And certainly Apprising Ministries is not alone as fellow soldiers of the real Cross of Jesus Christ have been trying to get you to see:
perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves… Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (2 Timothy 3:1-2, 5-7, KJV)
And yet too many professing Christians somehow still cannot see the real reason why so many of their pretending Protestant evangelical leaders are gaining such stature within our pagan culture. But it is written: They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them (1 John 4:5). And what does the world tell you it wants? Peace. You’ve heard it all before in the old soft drink commercial: “I’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony.”
Well, this is what a real man sent by God will tell you:
Some misguided Christian leaders feel that they must preserve harmony at any cost, so they do everything possible to reduce friction. They should remember that there is no friction in a machine that has been shut down for the night. Turn off the power, and you will have no problem with moving parts. Also remember that there is a human society where there are no problems–the cemetery. The dead have no differences of opinion. They generate no heat, because they have no energy and no motion. But their penalty is sterility and complete lack of achievement.
What then is the conclusion of the matter? That problems are the price of progress, that friction is the concomitant of motion, that a live and expanding church will have a certain quota of difficulties as a result of its life and activity. A Spirit-filled church will invite the anger of the enemy. (A.W. Tozer, This World: Playground or Battleground? 122).
Storm On The Horizon As The Sky Grows A Darker Shade Of Red Each Morning
So how are you doing? Is the enemy angry with you? The initial fallout from my AM article Adele Sakler And Peter Rollins reveals that Existential Punk is perturbed:
As you can see from the mocking above, and as I’ve pointed out before, the loving and Tolerant Ones Really Aren’t So Tolerant or loving. Recently it was said of one of my writings: “Wow, that’s some serious anger going on there.” Well, don’t be so sure the anger is mine; and I wouldn’t want to be any rougher on you than our Lord Himself will be if He catches you slumbering while satanic forces brazen and emboldened are walking right into God’s sanctuary. “Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them (Matthew 15:16). Is that what He’s asking you today?
Friend, as the Reformation—that evangelical Protestants profess was of God—is now being reversed, a Reformation I might add that cost many of Christ’s precious children their very lives, do you really think that it’s the Spirit of the Lord whispering to you, “Peace,” where there is no peace? As you watch the sky going ever more red this morning know that the time has come for you, even you, to take up your Sword of the Spirit. Can you not hear the Voice of the Great Shepherd:
“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in Heaven. But whoever disowns Me before men, I will disown him before My Father in Heaven. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.”
“For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law–a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; and anyone who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.”
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it… I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!” (Matthew 10:32-39; Luke 12:49)
Many will then come emerging to protest: “But that’s proof-texting; that’s out of context!” Well, we’ll just let the Lord decide that; I know can live with it, can you? And anyway, as my Master says:
“My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.” (John 17:16-18, KJV)
The truth is, try as they may, one simply cannot find any soft middle ground as the end of the Age draws ever nigh. As a matter of fact, in 1 John 2:18, the Apostle John tells us that we’ve been in the last days for two thousand years now. All the more reason in this gellatinous generation of world-pleasing psuedo-Christianity to heed these words from Alexander MacLaren in his message The World’s Hatred, As Christ Saw It, themselves a warning from Jesus over one hundred hundred years ago:
If a man does not love God as He is revealed to him in Jesus Christ, he neither cares to please Him nor to think about Him, nor does he order his life in obedience to His commands. And if it be true that obedience is the very life-breath of love, disobedience or non-obedience is the manifestation of antagonism, and antagonism towards God is the same thing as hate…
There is no neutrality in a man’s relation to God. It is one thing or other. “Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.” “The friendship of the world is enmity against God”…My friend, come away from the unreasonable people, come away from the men who can give no account of their attitude…and let His love kindle the answering flame in your hearts. Then you will know God as only they who love Christ know Him… (Online source)
So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away; and I went embittered in the rage of my spirit, and the hand of the LORD was strong on me. (Ezekiel 3:14, NASB)