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Reformed. Christianity. Evangelism. Modern Culture.
A recent ministry update reported on a yet new move of the “Holy Ghost”. Indeed this was a newer move by all ranks as it was reported. The revival meeting started with the man of God exhorting believers as to how God in these last days wants to fill them with the new wine of the Holy Ghost. Before long it was Happy Hour and it was claimed the congregation was doused in “Godka,” “God-wiser” and puffing the glory cloud, “Jehovah-wanna.” He mentioned how the drug culture is simply a counterfeit and unholy substitute for real supernatural experience with the Lord.
How far Evangelicalism has fallen to begin to revel in fancy mystic manifestations and unbridled excesses of self gratification! Surely, are “Godka”, “Jehovah-wanna” and “God-wiser” scriptural? If so I want a double. Where is the word of God being taught? Where is The sufficience of scripture in the foundations of our doctrinal practices? Where is the seeking of Gods face? Where is repentance? The further we move from the Word and leading of God than we begin to light up strange fires and conjure up mystic experiences. Mystic experiences and transcendental extrapolations do not mean God has sanctioned the move. This new move is definitely a some what twenty ninth chapter of Acts and begs for an Annanias and Saphira ellipsis.
And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered STRANGE FIRE before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. Lev 10:1-2 KJV
Strange fires, occult manifestations and blasphemous concoctions are heralded as the next to be sought after in Christian conferences and “revival meetings”. Whatever happened to discipline in the word and self control?
A Holy God seeks a Holy people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
The Church will remain scripturally illiterate and spiritually bankrupt if it cannot confront its challenges and temptations with “It is written…” But alas! Rudderless, she will be an easy target for smooth talkers, flattering false prophets and teachers who come with lofty speech and words tipped with human wisdom.
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but d in the power of God. 1 Cor 2:2-5 ESV
If revival graced our times, it would leave everybody hungry for more of God. Beloved I wish we would prosper in the Word even as our souls prosper. The Holy Spirit would convict the church of sin, righteousness and judgement. This 3-D experience as it were, would span a cataclysmic change that would drive the elect to a deeper understanding of repentance and purity. Being drunk with the spirit would be a launch pad for not the next fad but would empower the meekest believer to become a witness in his Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Oh how I hunger and thirst for the real move of God in my life and my fellow brothers. Like a deer thirsts for the water brooks; I pray that my times of refreshing would come from His presence alone. I would probably come to an understanding of that verse where Jesus said that look, the fields are white for harvest. i would then understand the earnestness o fthe times and pray with fervency that the Lord of the harvest may send labourers into his harvest. It surely is’nt time to slacken and get entangled with things that easily ensnare us and numb us to sleep. Its time to remain alert for false fires and teachers; be vigilant in the things of God. Be well read in scripture…like the Berean Church in Acts 17:11.
For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. 1 Thess 5:7-8 ESV
God is Almighty and Gracious. Who can fathom His infinite wisdom? If tonight after my bed time prayer God however wants to knock me down first with a “Jehova-wanna” glory cloud or shaken and stirred dose of “God-ka” or better still “God-wiser”, then I will gladly take it. But I have his word (The Bible) as the only trustable revelation of who God is and what he wants me to know about Him and how I ought to conduct myself when confronted with mysticism. Why would I violate His word by dabbling in mysticism and the occult when He himself has told me these are things that He forbids?
Whys should we believe every one who comes saying, “God told me this morning” or “Last night I had a fresh revelation”? Isn’t the Bible sufficient a revelation enough?
[This article was first published in 2009 at the height of my involvement in Charismatic church. It was one of my most heart felt pleas as a Charismatic (then) to fellow Charismatic Christians]