“Night Watcher” #4 / Old Wine

75364021-1200px I spent most of my day today with the Lord. It’s now about 10:30 at night and my mind rumbles with thoughts of frustration at a message I just heard. Its been at least 6 months since I listened to a message from the last Traditional church I left. It was a church of 800. They held two Sunday morning services and they can be heard on their Internet site.

After leaving 3 years ago, I have made it a point to occasionally check in on what they are currently preaching. So far the messages have never made me regret leaving, and today’s was exceptionally sad. The preacher was pleading for people to come back after weeks of the Covid virtual church services. It seems a lot of people have not been coming back, and not just this church, but many.

The Pastor started out by recognizing this problem has been going on way before Covid, but the pandemic had now shifted church exodus into hyper-drive! He gave some statistics. He admitted we have slid into a post-Christian culture. This has happened while under the watch of Traditional church, and yet he was presenting his case for a return to Traditional church! What’s the old saying? You can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results? But he was.

He gave statistics that this year was already on course to see a 15% drop in church attendance even before Covid! And now, it would be even worse. He said that just to keep up with the birthrate in our country, you need 10,000 new churches every year! But instead of 10,000 churches opening, it would be 10,000 closing, causing a 20,000 church short fall! One-third of churches are about to close their doors due to Covid, and yet he continued only offering the same pattern of church we have had for many years now. He kept preaching the old wine that is being rejected.

He never once mentioned the Micro church movement. He never once mentioned Home churches. He spoke of the church in the book of Acts but never once mentioned them as Home churches. Instead, he went to the Old Testament to try and prove the need for large churches! He used the Old Testament temples as a pattern! This cannot be supported by the New Covenant, so he went to the Old, just like Pastors do on tithing, but Jesus fulfilled the Old and gave us the New!

By Old Testament standards, Jesus could not even be a Priest, let alone our High Priest, because he was not of the tribe of Levi. Jesus was of the tribe of Judah! Jesus made major changes in what we call church. He fulfilled the Old and took everything to a higher level. The book of Hebrews is excellent on this very subject.

Anyway, it was so sad listening to this man give the statics, the evidence, the proof of how badly our modern system is not working, and yet plead a case for still working it! He also explained people are dropping off the Virtual church services also! Virtual church is not working! It is called “Screen Fatigue”! How very interesting.

In our little Fellowship we have had no need for virtual church, and our Fellowship has continued functioning without a hitch. But this Pastor insinuated through his entire message that a Home church is not really “gathering yourself together”. He insinuated it is the “falling away”, and we need to get back in the four walls of the church buildings. Never mind Jesus said where two or three are gathered in my name, I am in their midst. He never explained that scripture. But most likely his big church is bleeding not only people, but money! House churches won’t work to his big church agenda. His message was so full of his personal bias that it defiled the whole message.

Now when I left 3 years ago, everyone was excited that big changes were coming to that church. I told my wife then, churches are always saying this. We will see if they can turn this big ship? Well, evidently they did not, because guess what…big changes are coming to this church again! Wow! Get excited everybody! But what are the big changes this time? What is the new vision this time? The people are tired of the hype and old wine. They are leaving looking for the fresh bread from heaven. People are realizing this king has no clothes, and they are voicing it by simply leaving.

We can already see Jonah being thrown overboard, but if we think this is bad, be ready for November elections! The Progressives already blame the church for electing Trump. They see “Jonah” as the cause of this storm! And no matter who wins in November, there is likely going to be an explosion! Forewarned is prepared. Right?

On that note, I warned people against the church becoming political. This Pastor also mentioned he knew many churches being torn apart by politics! Preach the Word! And if that don’t cause someone to vote right, then nothing will anyway! Don’t sacrifice your testimony in Christ over politics! Change hearts through the Gospel of Christ, that is our assignment as priest in this earth.

Church…get ready for November. Most of the church has painted itself into this corner. If persecution is required to reshape the church, I see it coming. So be wise and make spiritual preparations now. Get back to majoring on the Gospel majors, and minoring on the minors. David and his mighty men endured the storms and eventually brought the Ark back where it belonged. Seek the anointing. Only God’s power back in the house will change the day.

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“They beat and bruised me and stripped off my veil, those watchmen on the walls.”

 

“Looking to the Future” #1

20200615_181949 It was so hard for me to leave the discomfort zone of the teepee and come back to my Indianapolis home. If not for my wife, whom I love very much and always want to be with her, the teepee would likely be my home. But with the city house we have a position of outreach to thousands of souls who could use some time at the teepee, if only they wake up to it.

I spent 5 days there. When I woke up this morning in the comfort of my city bed, I turned on the radio to hear there had been 7 more shootings in my city after 1 a.m.. Welcome back to the big city I told myself. No police were involved. 2 died. 5 injured. There was a blood trail from where the 2 dead were found. Police have no idea who did this and are asking for help from any witnesses. This is the usual thing we hear on these shootings.

Do any witnesses come forward? I have no idea. We keep hearing of more shootings and no suspects. This was a Tuesday night /Wednesday morning for God’s sake! What the hell? And I do mean that…this is spawned from hell itself! Violence growing in the streets! Violence feeding violence! Violence birthing other forms of violence! The violence mutates like a virus, but it’s still more violence! 

I do believe it would only take one more spark in this perfect storm to put us in a days of Noah scenario. And I do believe if the church continues its current form, we will get there, but the target will also become the church. Not because she preaches righteousness, but because she is political, rich, and full of the world, i.e. IDOLS! The same ones faced by Gideon, Elijah, Ezekiel, and so forth. This modern day church of idols will be judged by God. It is coming. And what should a true believer do in all this? I very strongly suggest finding a true body of believers doing it the way Jesus did!

And how do we do that? Interesting. We have much to talk about in this series.

So I’m fresh back from desert time with God and he has me begin a series like this. I can hardly wait to find out what He is going to say.

First of all, you might be scratching your head and asking, “How in the world did we get here?” A Post-Christian nation? And with churches on almost every corner?” The easy answer is, we sowed the seeds for it, and there must be something wrong with our form of doing church! The right answer is not always a complicated one. Sometimes it’s so obvious it cannot be denied by “honest” people. People with an agenda will deny true answers all day long and still sleep good at night! But not lovers of truth.

However, the question now becomes, where do we go from here? And this is a very PERSONAL question. Where do YOU go from here? Where do I go from here? Each of us must answer that question for themself. But it is good to look for people who might be hearing from God and add their words to your consideration. God has always made known his secrets through his prophets. Some of us are willing to enter deserts to hear God. Some of us, when we wake, our first thought are, “What is God saying today? What might he reveal today? And what is the world revealing too?” Some of us are called to these things like others are called to be a doctor, or soldier, and etc.

I could easily write 5000 words right now and no one would read it, so I break it up in chapters that I call a series. This series is just beginning. You can read about my 5 days at the teepee / in the desert in the previous articles. It will add much to things, but in the launching of this series lets start with this… Have you heard of #walkaway?

I believe I have that right. It’s about a man who was a devout Democrat and actually cried when Trump was elected. Now I don’t know all the details to his story. I’m not about politics here, but “somehow” his eyes got opened to the real agenda and ways of the party and he got so DISGUSTED he walked away! Later he did a tweet or something, his testimony, and it went viral! Thousands have joined him in this movement! Now what would be the spiritual parallel in this? What would be the spiritual parallel to this walkaway movement?

I mentioned earlier that the world reveals things too. Many times things we see in the “material” world have a “spiritual” parallel. Maybe I can see this because I walked away from modern church just like this guy did the Democrat party. And I am not alone in this movement. I got my eyes opened as to what the early church actually was, and then I saw what modern church actually is and got so disgusted I walked away! I knew God would have his true Believers out there somewhere. Surely I could not be worse off than I already was.

Now the modern church would say I have become a part of the great falling away. But America didn’t go Post Christian under the watch of this new wine skin, it did so under the watch of the modern church! And… if the modern church is the one who has become Laodicea, whom God himself said he would spew out of his mouth, if that entity is falling away, then how can my leaving the “falling away” entity, be falling away? Would it not be me pointing out the truth? Would it not be me proving I am not one who will stand by and be a part of the great falling away? Jesus said where two or three are gathered in my name, He is in the midst of them! The early churches were small and very personal. God’s family is meant to be exactly that…FAMILY, not a congregation.

So…I guess I’ve laid the groundwork for this series. There is so much more to say. I expect to write a lot for the next few days because the need is so great. People are educating themself as to what the early church was really like, and there is a wind blowing for such a return! Also consider this > They say we are in a “culture canceling” movement in America. The powers that want to be are erasing our past culture! Okay church. Okay fellow Christian. How long will it take for them to realize America was founded by mostly Christians and we are the original culture of this country? How long before they look for ways to cancel / erase us?

We have so much to speak of. The night warrior in the sky, Gideon. I believe God is secretly developing small groups again, who will be of the anointing of Gideon and his 300. Jesus, his personally trained guys, started churches that were small, personal, “simple”, and real. How big can a group grow before it loses that? I don’t know, but were losing this country big time! The church is not seen as the answer to ANYTHING these days. More politics have become the answer, and it would seem that is even the answer the church is preaching… we need more politics? It’s a sad state of affairs. Show me one place where Jesus ever promoted any politics other than the politics of the Kingdom of God. Politics have become just another IDOL in our pews and on our platforms. Welcome to the perfect storm of 2020!

When God pointed out to me June of 2020, way back in October of 2018 when I was spending my first 2 weeks at teepee, I only had vague ideas what form it would take, but I see a lot more clearly now. Stay tuned. More coming soon.

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