WHERE is all this HEADING?? -by Andrew Strom. People may well be wondering where all this discussion of the "9 Lies of Today's Church" is heading. Am I going to conclude by saying something like "Come out of her, my people" and leave it at that? Where is this whole discussion taking us? We are obviously rejecting many aspects of today's church system, but what is the solution? Is there something practical - a real answer at the end of all this? I have been wrestling with all these same questions myself. In a lot of ways I have been wrestling with them for years. What are we actually going to DO about it all? The only thing that makes any sense to me, after months and years of pondering this before the Lord, is the concept of an "OUTDOOR CHURCH". A new movement. Something real. I am very aware that people get terribly suspicious when anyone starts talking about "movements" and so on. They always think the worst - that we are talking about a new "denomination" or something. But a 'movement' does not have to be like that at all. The Great Reformation was a 'movement'. It crossed all boundaries. So did the 'Jesus Movement' and others. A movement does not have to be like a 'denomination'. I have quite a few extreme 'Out-of-church' friends who insist that the real answer is simply to "come out of the system" and be alone with Jesus. -All by ourselves. To some people this has a lot of appeal. But not to me. I already spent seven years (ending in 1993) in the most crushing 'wilderness' experience - out there alone. It is not a place I believe God is calling the whole church into. I have watched quite a number of extreme 'Out-of-church' people now for almost 20 years. They are out there by themselves and they advise others to do the same. But I look at the "fruit" and I can't say I've seen any sign of them being closer to the 'Book of Acts'. They may have a close relationship with God, but it seems a very lonely one to me. They do not really believe in the concept of "body" or 'leaders'. And so they rarely 'gather' or accomplish much at all. I have observed this pattern for years and years, and I have to say that it does not seem like much of an "answer" to me. So what do I mean by an "Outdoor church"? As I said, this is the only solution that makes any sense to me. All I can think of is a movement that holds meetings outdoors and in homes - that stands for TRUTH and REVIVAL.That openly exposes the lies and distortions of the current system but does not have this as it's main message. Rather, it's main message is a call to 'deep Repentance', true Salvation, personal Revival and deep communion with God. In other words, this is a 'REVIVAL' movement that aims at people's hearts. If we do not have the spirit of repentance and a Revival anointing, then I believe we have no business beginning any such "movement". We cannot have a 'new wineskin' without the NEW WINE. That would never work. So to me, the most important aspect is the anointing of the Holy Spirit and this message of repentance and Revival. After that comes the exposing of the "lies" of today's system. (-This is important also). All of these things need to be put forth by a group that is actually LIVING what it talks about. Cynics will say that we will just end up repeating all the errors of the current 'system'. -That proud men will come in and ruin the whole thing. But I do not believe this has to be the case. Are we going to just sit back and criticize all our lives? Are we just to do NOTHING then? -Simply sit back and let the whole thing get worse and worse while we hide away? -Leave many unsaved people mired in 'Religion' while we simply talk amongst ourselves? Away with such attitudes. Cynicism kills. Inaction kills. If we have a spirit of Revival then we need to ACT. I am quite serious about this. We need a complete "alternative" to the current system. Something that stands for truths that are so revolutionary that it is hard to fall back into the same routines and traps. Based on deep "HEART" preaching. I truly believe this is possible. A very real, tangible movement. Very "loud" and public. Calling the church to repentance. But what do you think? I feel this is probably the most important thing that we can discuss relating to the "9 Lies". Should we be heading towards something like this? What are your thoughts? Even if you just hit "Reply" and write a few words - either for or against this concept of a "movement" - that would help me to know if this is something that we should be exploring. I would love to hear from as many of you as possible on this. Our email address is- prophetic@... God bless you all! Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.