Revival Blog 87
Speaking as a Pastor with 30+ years in the ministry, I still recall (when living back in the UK), the absolute excitement when I received the call of God on my life to serve Him in the ministry (I will share that experience at another time).
The practical steps that followed involved selling our home, resigning from a very successful full-time management position at Ford Motor Company and with three school-age children, moving 200 miles up north to attend Theological College. As I reflect back on that time, it really was a major risk and sacrifice for us as a family to leave the security of what some might consider a “normal” family life and simply trust by faith that this was the will of God for our lives.
The prospect of becoming ‘The Pastor’ of a church with the spiritual responsibility for the lives of men and women was both terrifying but also an awesome privilege. Even though I had 20+ years’ prior experience as a born-again Christian under my belt, I truthfully was not prepared for what it would be like to be the ‘Pastor’. I naively thought I would be respected by both the community and by the church members, that I would stand and preach and teach the Word of God and visit the sick etc. Let me just say that there were many surprises waiting for me!
As time has gone on, I have spent much time dealing with the power struggles within the congregations where ‘lay-people’ who claim to be born-again Christians treat the Pastor as the enemy and fabricate blatant lies and disregard biblical and factual evidence to gain personal power. What I find more disturbing is their absence of the fear of God as they partake of the Lord’s Supper (the Eucharist) ignoring the warnings in Scripture, particularly 1 Cor 11:29: “For those who eat and drink without discerning the body of Christ eat and drink judgment on themselves”.
I came across this quote regarding power struggles: “Trying to win a power struggle is like trying to win a nuclear war. You may achieve your goal, but not without catastrophic casualties on both sides.” Thomas Rainer estimates that “somewhere between 7,000 and 10,000 churches in America” close for good every year. That’s equates to approximately 19-27 churches every day. Regardless of denomination, there appears to be a self-destruct button in our churches today where instead of engaging in spiritual warfare as defined in Ephesians 6:12-13: “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against a spiritual wickedness in high places”., we have invited the enemy into our churches.
I recently started a series on what I called “Flakeboard Christians” also known as “Chipboard” in the UK. They have a veneer of Christianity but it is barely skin deep and below the surface they still possess that old sinful nature. History has shown us that real revival results in real converts. Men and women who are soldiers of the Cross.
My friends as we continue to pray for an outpouring of a Holy Ghost revival, pray that thousands upon thousands may experience 2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new”. 4 February, 2020.