A "PROTEST" Movement? -by Andrew Strom. The term "Protest Movement" has been coming to my mind again and again lately, as I have been pondering what I feel God is about to do. It is interesting to note that during the Great Reformation, those who sided with the new move of God became known as "Protestants". -Which was appropriate, because what Luther nailed onto the door in Wittemburg was essentially "95 Protests" at the state of the church and the things it was promoting. There was even a money-making scheme sponsored by the Pope in his day where people could "buy their relatives out of purgatory" by giving large sums of money. This was the thing that finally tipped Martin Luther over the edge. It made him sick to his stomach. And so the 'protest' began. Years ago a friend of mine told me about a dream or vision he'd had that he felt was related to the coming move of God. In it he saw a group of "protestors" with placards and signs, marching around shouting slogans, etc. He suddenly realised that these people were protesting the STATE OF THE CHURCH. And it was not like these were "rebels" or anything. These were servants of God and this was something that God was behind. They were loudly "PROTESTING" the state of the church - for all to hear. It was quite remarkable. 'Protesting' has become an art-form over the last century or so. Various groups have used it to make the public take notice of issues and to bring large-scale CHANGE. The Black Civil Rights movement in America was one example of a very successful Protest movement. The anti-Vietnam War protests also met with considerable success. And even recently, environmental groups like Greenpeace have used it to stop Nuclear Testing and so-on. While we may not agree fully with everything these groups represent, we can at least admit that they have been very effective in what they have set out to do. I am convinced that there is a new 'Prophetic' arising that has this air of "PROTEST" about it. This movement will be loud and direct and VERY PUBLIC. It will have a cause to fight for and it will make a "LOUD NOISE" about it. It's cause will be to see the church of the Living God become what she is meant to be, instead of this sickly thing that she has been. -To decry the compromise and corruption we see on every hand. "Let my people go." For I believe that God Himself "PROTESTS" the state of today's church. He cannot stand to have her in the condition she is in. For our God cannot live with a lukewarm church. Even a lot of people in the prophetic movement do not seem to realize what I believe is clearly the prophet's role in seeing "Great Reformation" begin. Here is what I clearly understand from God:- The great "SHAKING" of the church will come when the true prophets arise and SPEAK THE WORD OF THE LORD. It is critically important that they open their mouths and SPEAK a piercing word - the full 100% word of the Lord, holding nothing back. It is this act in itself that I believe will begin the tremendous "SHAKING" that has been prophesied. Let the Elijahs of God arise. Let the repentance prophets come forth. Let the "protest movement" begin. Who Will Decry the SICKNESS? I read a well-researched article recently about the number of private JET-PLANES that many of the top preachers and ministries in America own. Some of them cost $3500 per day just to maintain. And they cost millions of dollars to buy in the first place. Many of these people live in lavish luxury - paid for by offerings (often sent in by sick people and widows who watch their TV shows). Now, all the time we are told "not to judge" these ministries. 'Touch not God's anointed,' they say. And most of us do as we are told. We sit silently and allow it all to happen because it would be "judgemental" and 'unloving' for us to speak up about it. BUT WHAT ABOUT GOD?? What about the fact that God is mocked and publicly put to scorn by these preachers' lifestyles? What about the fact that it sets a TERRIBLE EXAMPLE for the whole church? I believe the time has come to "PROTEST" - loud and long. This "leaven" is leavening the whole lump. It is infecting everything. I do not believe any of the leaders in the New Testament would allow such things to go unchallenged. They would speak up - even at the cost of their lives and ministries. And we have to be the same. It is time for this "PROTEST" to begin - I am convinced of it. We cannot allow these people to dishonor God in such a blatant way. It is sick, and it is affecting us all, whether we like it or not. Let the voice of the prophets arise in PROTEST. Let the thunderings of God be heard. He is coming to "clean house". Let all that is counterfeit tremble. It is 2004 and the prophets of God are about to arise. -It has to happen. God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom.