I am concerned. I am very concerned actually. Far too many people in ministry think the great commission is church planting. It is not. Continue reading Church Planting is not the Great Commission
I do not know much about this Walter Breggemann besides a video that I just was shared and reading some comments that promote Antisemitism. He seems to favor the Palenstinans in Gaza Strip. He must be about the only theologian in American that hold this odd view. I know I do not.
What I do know is we are talking about a reformed theology guru that is ordained in the United Church of Christ. I do not that deep in the belief system of the movement is socialism. It is not a surprise that Barack Obama called the movement home for many years. Quite the contrast from Attorney General John Ashcroft. Here is John speaking at the Church of God national conference.
While I have always found the UCC to be pretty liberty and you will notice this position in the video below. He want people to believe that the social justice element of the gospel is the most important thing. Remember this is a man that is confused if the Gaza Strip actually believe to the Jewish people.
Walter Brueggemann has a bent against the military
We are seeing this with people like Brian Zahnd.It is becoming the “cool” thing in ministry to speak against the military and demonize the foreign policy of the United States. It at war with God, after all! However, the question is, “Is is really at war with God?” Much of the politicies that we have go back to the godly leadership of Ronald Reagan. Just like all through the Old Testament; God uses a small militarized nation to bring forward his purposes. That has not changed.
Am I saying that uses the missions of the United States Armed Forced to bring about His purpose in regions? Well, why yes I am! One mission from the military can open a region to the gospel. There was a window that evangelism was happening in Iraq for the first time is quite a few years. In fact, it was the war in Iraq that open the door for Canon Andrew White to lead the great ministry, St George’s Church in Baghdad.
As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. (2 Thessalonians 3:1)
All through the Old Testament, God used the armies of men to bring about his spiritual purpose of revival to whole regions. Not as much in the New Testament but the army of Rome play a very important part in forming the story of Jesus that we called the gospels.
This is not to say the God “needs” the Army to do his purposes but many times, He does use to them break open whole regions for the gospel. No one on this planet can put the fear into some dictator group like the Taliban than the United States Special Forces. By the way, did you know there was a revival of evangelism in Afghanistan after they lost power in 2001. Yes, there was limited religious freedom because of the mission of the United States forces.
Is Nationalism demonic
I have war against nationalism in the Philippines because of the damage it does to the people who hold; it is a political problem. I would not say that is it is an idol though. That is real over reach. It can be a product of a spiritual issue like pride and unfounded arrogance but nationalism in and of itself is not demonic.
God made the nations. He would take what He gave us as a gift to humanity and turn into a demonic idol. That just doesn’t make scene. God raises nations for a reason and to demonize it is not that purpose.
We also know in Acts, churches were not known by location but regions. That means that God sees His people regionally, not every little church building. God sees the Church at Manila, the Church at Kansas City, and the Church at London. It is only man that sees all the little building and meeting places.
I think nationalism can get way out of hand, we see it every election cycle but that does not make demonic. Calling it so is just crazy.
Walter Brueggemann is a prophet?
I hear this non-sense about these topics and that they are “prophetic.” There is NOTHING prophetic about it and I am not even sure if it is biblical. It sure open a discussion about the nature of God and the role of the Kingdom. We really need prophets today. The prophets like Leonard Ravenill saw in the portrait of the prophet.
As a reminder of what of a prophet looks like, here is the whole message. It can be found on their website.
The prophet in his day is fully accepted of God and totally rejected by men.
Years back, Dr. Gregory Mantle was right when he said, “No man can be fully accepted until he is totally rejected.” The prophet of the Lord is aware of both these experiences. They are his “brand name.”
The group, challenged by the prophet because they are smug and comfortably insulated from a perishing world in their warm but untested theology, is not likely to vote him “Man of the year” when he refers to them as habituates of the synagogue of Satan!
The prophet comes to set up that which is upset. His work is to call into line those who are out of line! He is unpopular because he opposes the popular in morality and spirituality. In a day of faceless politicians and voiceless preachers, there is not a more urgent national need than that we cry to God for a prophet! The function of the prophet, as Austin-Sparks once said, “has almost always been that of recovery.”
The prophet is God’s detective seeking for a lost treasure. The degree of his effectiveness is determined by his measure of unpopularity. Compromise is not known to him.
He has no price tags.
He is totally “otherworldly.”
He is unquestionably controversial and unpardonably hostile.
He marches to another drummer!
He breathes the rarefied air of inspiration.
He is a “seer” who comes to lead the blind.
He lives in the heights of God and comes into the valley with a “thus saith
He shares some of the foreknowledge of God and so is aware of
He lives in “splendid isolation.”
He is forthright and outright, but he claims no birthright.
His message is “repent, be reconciled to God or else…!”
His prophecies are parried.
His truth brings torment, but his voice is never void.
He is the villain of today and the hero of tomorrow.
He is excommunicated while alive and exalted when dead!
He is dishonored with epithets when breathing and honored with
epitaphs when dead.
He is a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ, but few “make the grade” in his class.
He is friendless while living and famous when dead.
He is against the establishment in ministry; then he is established as a saint
He eats daily the bread of affliction while he ministers, but he feeds the Bread of
Life to those who listen.
He walks before men for days but has walked before God for years.
He is a scourge to the nation before he is scourged by the nation.
He announces, pronounces, and denounces!
He has a heart like a volcano and his words are as fire.
He talks to men about God.
He carries the lamp of truth amongst heretics while he is lampooned by men.
He faces God before he faces men, but he is self-effacing.
He hides with God in the secret place, but he has nothing to hide in
He is naturally sensitive but supernaturally spiritual.
He has passion, purpose and pugnacity.
He is ordained of God but disdained by men.
Our national need at this hour is not that the dollar recover its strength, or that we save face over the Watergate affair, or that we find the answer to the ecology problem. We need a God-sent prophet!
I am bombarded with talk or letters about the coming shortages in our national life: bread, fuel, energy. I read between the lines from people not practiced in scaring folk. They feel that the “seven years of plenty” are over for us. The “seven years of famine” are ahead. But the greatest famine of all in this nation at this given moment is a FAMINE OF THE HEARING OF THE WORDS OF GOD (Amos 8:11).
Millions have been spent on evangelism in the last twenty-five years. Hundreds of gospel messages streak through the air over the nation every day. Crusades have been held; healing meetings have made a vital contribution. “Come-outers” have “come out” and settled, too, without a nation-shaking revival. Organizers we have. Skilled preachers abound. Multi-million dollar Christian organizations straddle the nation. BUT where, oh where, is the prophet? Where are the incandescent men fresh from the holy place? Where is the Moses to plead in fasting before the holiness of the Lord for our moldy morality, our political perfidy, and sour and sick spirituality?
GOD’S MEN ARE IN HIDING UNTIL THE DAY OF THEIR SHOWING FORTH. They will come. The prophet is violated during his ministry, but he is vindicated by history.
There is a terrible vacuum in evangelical Christianity today. The missing person in our ranks is the prophet. The man with a terrible earnestness. The man totally otherworldly. The man rejected by other men, even other good men, because they consider him too austere, too severely committed, too negative and unsociable.
Let him be as plain as John the Baptist.
Let him for a season be a voice crying in the wilderness of modern theology and
Let him be as selfless as Paul the apostle.
Let him, too, say and live, “This ONE thing I do.”
Let him reject ecclesiastical favors.
Let him be self-abasing, nonself-seeking, nonself-projecting, nonself- righteous,
Let him say nothing that will draw men to himself but only that which will move
men to God.
Let him come daily from the throne room of a holy God, the place where he has
received the order of the day.
Let him, under God, unstop the ears of the millions who are deaf through the
clatter of shekels milked from this hour of material mesmerism.
Let him cry with a voice this century has not heard because he has seen a vision
no man in this century has seen. God send us this Moses to lead us from the
wilderness of crass materialism, where the rattlesnakes of lust bite us and where
enlightened men, totally blind spiritually, lead us to an ever-nearing Armageddon.
God have mercy! Send us PROPHETS!
Oswald J. Smith is a former pastor from Canada and he carried a very powerful anointing for writing. One of his prophetic words was The Revival We need. It might be as old as my mother and it is still just as real today.
After all, if the foreward is written by Jonathan Goforth, the man that took the gospel to China; I am going to listen. Jonathan Goforth is one those with the “Spirit of Elijah” in history! Continue reading The REVIVAL we need!