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We desperately need God

Posted by appolus on January 19, 2016

We have so degraded our religious tastes that our Christian service is largely exhibitionism. We desperately need a divine visitation-for our situation will never be cured by sermons. It will never be cured until the Church of Christ has suddenly been confronted with what one man called ” mysterium tremendium,”- the fearful mystery that is God, the fearful majesty that is God. That is what the Holy Spirit does. He brings the wonderful mystery that is God to us and presents Him to the human spirit. ( Tozer)

It is very sad to see the present state of politics in America. It started out with such high ideals and yet here we are, thoroughly corrupted from start to finish. Greed and corruption and vanity has ruined the whole system. And now the people, in general, who know it is so, are so desperate that they would even consider a man like Donald Trump to be their leader or a man like Bernie Sanders. Desperate people who long for something better make desperate decisions.

Christendom on the other hand faces its own crossroads. If the honest man can say to politicians ” where are the statesmen?” then Christendom might well ask ” where are all the Godly men?” Or a better question may be ” where is God in all of this?” Christendom in general has lost sight of God. They have lost sight as Tozer would put it of the ” fearful majesty that is God.” They have lost sight of the mystery that is God.

In our high-tech gadget driven slick churches where professional musicians entertain the masses and offer something far far lower than God Himself, the people are starving to death. It is a dreadful thing to see a person who suffers from anorexia just waste away to nothing in front of you. And the horror of it all is that they look in the mirror and see an overweight person looking back. Spiritual starvation mimics anorexia to a certain extent. While the vast majority of Christendom is suffering from spiritual starvation, they look in the mirror and see something healthy looking back.

The major difference between someone with anorexia and a spiritually starving person is what people say to them. When we see a person with anorexia we are horrified. We try to convince them that they are wasting away. We seek help for them. We have interventions with them. The people who are spiritually starving have quite the opposite experience. Week after week they are told they are fine. They are told that tomorrow will be their best day, the next year will be their best year. There will be no intervention for them.

How horrifying would it be if there were whole churches full of anorexic people? The congregants were anorexic, the pastor was anorexic, the worship leaders were anorexic, the ushers and the elders, all anorexic, all thinking that not only were they not wasting away, but in actual fact believing they were overweight. And yet we live in a time and a country where church after church is full of spiritually anorexic people. A people wasting away and having no idea at all what is happening to them. They have conditioned their leaders to tell them only good things.

There are two great things God can do for a people. He can reveal Himself to them and He can show a man his true state. We desperately need both in our age in either order. Only God Himself can reveal the true state of Christendom. I believe that God will not stop reaching out to those who call themselves by His name until He returns. He is shaking everything that can be shaken in order to show us what kind of ground that we are standing upon. He is compelling all of us to consider what, if any, foundations that we truly have. He is raising up men and women who can see and compelling them by a fire in their bones to speak and not remain silent.

For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah, and thy land Beulah: for the LORD delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
(Isa 62:1-4)

True prophets of God will not hold their peace, they shall not remain silent until God’s people rise up in righteousness and that righteousness shines forth with brilliant brightness for all the world to see. The gentiles will see this brightness, they may not like it, they may despise it, they may run from it or try to destroy it, but they will see it. His Church will be the crown of His glory and be like a royal diadem in His hand. No matter how desolate or forsaken God’s people seem to be, they are not forsaken and out of their desolation, out of the great darkness that will try to swallow them whole there shall come a great light that will pierce the very darkness.

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