“He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan)” (2 Kings 18:4).
I read two Facebook posts this morning, by Jeremiah Johnson Ministries, which convicted my heart. Both posts were about missionary John Allen Chau who was martyred on a remote island off the coast of India this week, and each included a rebuke of American Christians. The rebuke stung a bit, as it should; my flesh, of course, went right to offense, while, thankfully, my heart went to conviction. I believe we have a responsibility to spread the gospel, rather it be to our next door neighbors, or to those living in far off places, no matter the cost. God has shown me his desire for revival here at home, as well as his message of salvation to be taken abroad. Both shall come to pass.
Jeremiah Johnson also speaks of an American church that has fallen asleep. He says, “I’m fully convinced that thousands and thousands of ‘Christians‘ in America have actually never heard the real gospel- the gospel of self-denial. They sit in Church every Sunday too. They know nothing of suffering, sacrifice, and commitment. They are fans, not followers.” This “fans, not followers” conviction has been on my heart for years now, and at the risk of sounding self-righteousness, be beware that the Lord’s rebuke ministered to me first. You see, God didn’t choose me for my righteousness. On the contrary, I am righteous, because he first chose me. Johnson goes on to say, “Shame on our preachers and teachers of the gospel who are failing to preach the Great Commission at any cost. I fear that the mass deception coming to the American Church is only beginning.” This mass deception has already come, and even greater deception is yet to come, as the yeast of darkness works its way through the lump. Indeed, some are fast asleep, while others are advancing an agenda of darkness, by the wickedness they engage, approve, and promote. I thank God for those who are already awake, for those who are waking, and for those who are still to awaken! To God be the glory!
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash” (Matthew 7:26-27).
Posted November 23, 2018:
OUR SHAMEFUL AMERICAN RESPONSE TO MARTYRDOM
It is APPALLING to say the least concerning how the seeker sensitive church culture in America is responding to the ultimate sacrifice made by missionary John Allen Chau who was martyred on a remote island off the coast of India this week.
Many are MOCKING and even QUESTIONING whether his life was even worth risking to spread the gospel to this unreached people group.
Do many Christians in America even read their bibles anymore? Has our hyper sensitive gospel – please don’t ask me to do anything that hurts my feelings really polluted the Church that much? Should we really be this surprised that risking your life for the Great Commission now appears barbaric and a waste of time to many so called “Christians”? If we can’t even get many American “Christians” out of bed on Sunday’s, why should we expect them to comprehend a missionary giving up his last breath for God?
Have we forgotten that for almost three hundred years, Christianity grew in soil that was wet with the blood of the martyrs?
For a dose of biblical truth among this apostate seeker friendly church culture that’s lulling thousands and thousands into hell every Sunday, consider that for someone to be martyred for the faith, GOD ACTUALLY COUNTS THEM WORTHY OF SUCH A TREASURED DEATH!!!
As Christians, the correct biblical response to hearing of our brother John Allen Chau being martyred is to REJOICE and thank God that this missionary was counted worthy to be slain. He gave the lamb of God the full reward of His suffering- his very life.
I’m fully convinced that thousands and thousands of “Christians” in America have actually never heard the real gospel- the gospel of self-denial. They sit in Church every Sunday too. They know nothing of suffering, sacrifice, and commitment. They are fans, not followers. I weep for their souls often.
Shame on our preachers and teachers of the gospel who are failing to preach the Great Commission at any cost. I fear that the mass deception coming to the American Church is only beginning. The bizarre and revealing response today to this missionary’s martyrdom by the seeker sensitive church should bring us to our knees.
For me, I rejoice over the death of our brother, John Allen Chau. Well done good and faithful servant! You gave the Lamb the ultimate reward of His suffering and earned yourself a coveted front row seat before the throne of God. May your life and sacrifice continue to be used to confront mass deception and cowardice that is sweeping the American Church. I cannot remember a time where I was so ashamed of “American Christianity” as today- whatever that even means. We must get back to the gospel- period!
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day” (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Posted November 24, 2018:
Here are the last reported words of 26 year old American missionary John Allen Chau who was martyred this week trying to reach 40 tribal people on a remote island off India:
“Whether I return or not, let it be for glory of the Lord”.
As American “Christians” continue to question, pontificate, and even mock his sacrifice from the comforts of their fat lazy boy recliners and plastic faith, may those with true biblical understanding of the gospel be emboldened and further challenged to “go” and proclaim it at all costs!
As a seeker sensitive church culture in America is lulled further and further asleep, I prophesy that an army of messengers is arising that will not love their lives even unto death. They will go forth in boldness, courage, and tremendous faith. May the blood of this young martyr, John Allen Chau be a prophetic word to us all- WAKE UP!!!
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
Our Jesus, the same gentle and understanding Jesus I met that night, called the Pharisees “a brood of vipers”, and the Apostle Peter admonished Simon the Sorcerer that his heart was “full of bitterness and captive to sin.” Jesus is God, and Peter was surely operating in the Holy Spirit. Yet today, I fear that Jesus and Peter would be the ones vilified, while the Pharisees and Simon would be the ones indulged. What a shame that our witness has been so diminished, and our credibility compromised, that even Jesus Christ, Himself, and the Apostle Peter, would likely be tossed out onto the street by any number of congregations today. Too many of us seem perfectly content to know only a side of our Savior, but He is the law and the prophets fulfilled! I fear our idea of love is too often shortsighted, and consequently, our perception of God is too often a creation crafted in our likeness. But the Lord is gentle in His rebuke, for creating idols is easy to do. Referring to King Hezekiah, “He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan)” (2 Kings 18:4). Even that which God gives us for our good, in this case the bronze serpent, we can turn into an idol. You see, the Jesus I met that night was the same Jesus who called the Pharisees “a brood of vipers”. He was of the same Spirit who moved Peter to rebuke Simon. But whereas, we, humans, habitually operate out of pride, resort to slander, pick up a stone as a favorite “go-to” response to anything, or anyone, we find objectionable, Jesus, on the other hand, whether in complement or correction, always operated in love. There’s so much more to Jesus than what we might be accustomed to reading on the side of a coffee mug, or finding in a feel-good, inspirational meme. There was a reason why Jesus was nailed to a cross. There is a reason why the world hated Him then and continues to hate Him today. We must embrace the whole person of Jesus Christ, or we embrace none of Him. You know that business of not being able to serve two masters in Matthew 6; that isn’t just about money.
“Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory” (Romans 8:17). There was a reason Jesus was nailed to a cross; there is a reason the world hated him then and still hates him now. God has shown me that either I embrace the whole person of Jesus Christ, or I embrace the kingdom of darkness. I must, therefore, take up my cross and put off my old self daily; there is no middle ground. The Spirit teaches us a way of life in accordance with the truth that is in Christ. “He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan)” (2 Kings 18:4).
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