[anzac] "DISAPPOINTED"

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From: "ANZAC Prophetic List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sun, 29 Jun 2003 15:36:00 +1200
From:           	"Leighton Tebay" <LT@...>

Although I would still consider myself prophetic/charismatic 
I'm disappointed with the depth of the discussion in most 
charismatic circles whether they like the traditional church 
models or not.  Could it be what God has planned is so 
radically different that even the prophetic church would miss it?

I'm part of a growing group of Christians that is often labeled 
the "emerging church".  Most of these people are not 
Charismatic let alone prophetic but they recognize the 
irrelevance of today's traditional church.  In this group I see 
a much deeper reconsideration of what it means to follow 
Jesus Christ and what church should look like.  These 
people are leaving traditional churches to start all manner 
of alternative fellowships, home churches, bar churches, 
cafe churches etc...  The focus of this group is to create 
missional communities that reach out to change society 
one person at a time.  

This group isn't the be all and end all of church, but I do 
see a greater willingness to re-examine everything and put 
everything at risk for the sake of the kingdom of God.

I've gone through the motions of intercessory prayer 
meetings and worship walks and the like.  We do what we 
think is spiritual warfare and then return to our nice easy 
lives without facing the challenge of anything.

There are several assumptions in the charismatic/prophetic 
movement that I find suspect biblically... I don't deny the 
need to be in communion with God but in the New Testament
we see a lot more preaching of an offensive gospel than 
"praying against" evil in the world.  Christ crucified is the 
power of God unto salvation.

-Leighton Tebay.
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