[anzac] "A BURDEN" - Michael Carl

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Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2011 22:48:20 +1300
"A BURDEN"
-Michael Carl.

'Have you ever wondered how we can have million dollar church  
buildings and pack-in huge crowds on Sunday, but have no power in our  
witness? Do you wonder how about half of the people in this country  
claim to have had a born again experience and how the churches are  
having so little of an impact? Have you been amazed at the fact that  
American society is becoming increasingly antagonistic to the church.

How can this be?

The answer seems to be that it's because the pastors in the pulpits  
have sold out to the 'Seeker Sensitive' movement. We've opted for  
programs, lights, smoke machines, stage props, and the prosperity  
Gospel.

Pastors preach the Gospel of Self-Fulfillment and talk about how we're  
destined to reign. Our pulpits echo with: 'God wants you to be happy'  
and 'You can have your best life now'. We have major tele-preachers  
holding 'camp meetings' where the 'preacher' shouts, 'Let's celebrate  
you!'

I heard a preacher say once that if you have trials in your life, then  
you don't have enough faith. What a ludicrous statement and how  
utterly un-Biblical!

Paul had more faith than most of us and he never stopped going through  
trials. We talk faith and prosperity while the church around the world  
grows in not merely number, but in depth and maturity. They see  
miracles and God's power; they sense His presence.

How? They've learned to persevere through trials. A Charismatic  
Episcopal Church Bishop in Pakistan had a Muslim slit his throat,  
throw him off of a bus and leave him for dead just because the Bishop  
was a Christian. But the Bishop's ministry grows and he sees the fruit.

Christians in other parts of the world weep for revival in the  
American church. What does that say about us?

It means that we are weak and self-absorbed.

I heard another television preacher turn the tables and suggest that a  
preacher who focused on subjects like F. F. Bruce's The Hard Sayings  
of Jesus was not preaching the Gospel and ignoring the truth of the  
Word! 'They didn't want to hear that' he claimed!

What utter disregard for the truth! Jesus said, '"The Son of Man has  
nowhere to lay His head,"' and told His followers of His coming  
arrest, trial, torture and crucifixion.

This means we're deceived and taken with greed.

There are no tears for revival and the only One weeping is Jesus. He  
bled and died for us and we proclaim that the Gospel is a means to  
prosperity, power and influence. Church services look more like pop  
concerts and the preaching is only a babbling collection of self- 
absorbed slogans and how God wants us to be happy!

No, God wants us to be holy!

Where is the message of repentance? Where is the '"If anyone would  
come after Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and  
follow Me"'?

Folks, the message of the cross is foolishness and offensive to the  
world. Paul told us that 191/2 centuries ago.

Paul also told us that if he wanted to please the world, he would not  
be a follower of Christ.

Can you imagine Elijah having a chat with the wicked King Ahab about  
how we can 'Coexist'? Or, do you think John the Baptist should have  
opened a dialogue with Herod about tolerance?

No, those mighty men of God were sent to confront the leaders of their  
time about the sin in the society! Why is it that our evangelicals  
spend their time trying to cozy up and make nice with our politicians  
while there are souls perishing hourly and going into a Christ-less  
eternity?

This is the message that will transform this culture and turn this  
country around.

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