You know, when people tell you long enough that you are a trouble maker, that you “preach” love but no love they have ever heard, you begin to feel after a while that maybe, just maybe your teaching is just a little off kilter. So you go back to the Bible, you get on your knees (even if it’s metaphorically) you ask God to forgive you and to illuminate His Word to your Heart. You ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and the next message you preach is just like the last one.
Oh yes the content is different, the passages are different, but for some reason that Word always comes back to Matthew 22:36-40;
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”
Jesus said to him,” ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’
“This is the first and great commandment.
“And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’
“On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
AND then to top it off the Lord throws this one out to the listeners through you as well:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
“Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’
That’s when it starts again; Well brother so and so, you aren’t loving at all. You twist the Scriptures, you’re just MEEEAAAANNNN!
That’s when you get done with what your Master tells you to do, you get by yourself and you pour your heart out and shed those tears and shed some more of those tears because you CAN see it so clearly and why can’t others. Why can’t they see that you do LOVE them. You love them enough to tell them the TRUTH knowing full well what the comments are going to be, knowing full well what the reactions are going to be.
You know what your family already thinks, your just a wannabe, a crack-pot, someone who has a “hobby” ministry and thinks it’s real! After all you didn’t go to Bible College, oh no, you just humbled your heart and said “Lord I want to follow after You and not man, show me, teach me, cleanse me, purify me!!”
Those Words!!! That’s what did it! That’s what keeps doing it. You see, the Holy Spirit takes you at your word. He sees your heart at it’s deepest and knows you really mean them (even though maybe not knowing their full extent) and so He acts in your behalf accordingly. Sure, sure, once in a while you give a message or an exhortation or something that’s a real hit, something that gets “kinda” popular, the true message is still in there, it’s just wrapped up a little different, then when you draw it out into the light—–oh THAT’S what you meant—ohhhhh! You’re unloving, you’re harsh, you need to have more compassion!
And the tears start again. Oh please, don’t get me wrong, those tears AREN’T for me totally, the real sorrow is for the family that you love, for the friend that you love oh so dearly, for that person you have worked for all those years, that’s who the tears are for really for; the gut-wrenching, stomach-aching, sobs that just wrack your chest and leave you hurting and weak. That’s what and who those tears are for.
Along comes an *Andrew Strom, a John and Lisa Bevere or a Chuck Smith or some other anointed man of God, the name really doesn’t matter, but there’s that message. It’s the same message. Oh yeah, it gets the same reaction, but it’s someone else who is giving it, and tomorrow it will be another someone else and the next day, yet again another someone else.
*See the transcript below of his 2008 broadcast that inspired this article.
You start to pray for Andrew Strom and the Beveres and the Chuck Smiths, then you also pray for the other guy and then the next guy. You know what they are going through even though you’re not as notable as they are. Some of them you can see what they are going through in the message and the way they deliver it. You SEE the desperation with which they write it, they HAVE to write it. It was given to THEM to write. Yeah, you know the feeling and you realize that you have no control on how the message is received; you can only give it, and give it again, and then again as long as the Holy Spirit takes you at your word!
Love??? Where does love fit in a message like this? Where did love fit when Jesus said this:
But when He had turned around and looked at His disciples, He rebuked Peter, saying, “Get behind Me, Satan! For you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” – or Matthew 16:23 and Luke 4:8
Or where was the Love when Jesus spoke to the disciples after James and John the sons of Zebedee asked to sit at His right and left hand when He enters in Glory as stated in Matthew 20:21 and Mark 10:37. The Bible makes it seem like it was just a ho-hum conversation and yet Jesus turns to the disciples who are decidedly upset at the two men and tells them they are going to have to be servants then. Do you think that is what they wanted to hear?
There are so many other instances where the demonstration of love was not given in such an oh-so-nice and oh so sweet way!! Real love is more concerned with eternity, with tomorrow, than a person’s feelings today! Real LOVE sends a Son to a murderous cross to be humiliated and tortured!! That is NOT the LOVE that the world wants to hear and if you preach that kind of love you are twisted!! (by the world’s standards, that is).
No, people there is a big change coming and people are going to die, they are going to hurt, they are going to cry and weep in desperation and I love my family and friends enough to want to tell them that it is at the door right now, knocking, just waiting for the latch to open, that is how close we are. That is why I teach on Godly, Agape Love the way I do. That is why Andrew Strom, the Beveres and Chuck Smith and others teach the way they do. That is why the next guy will teach it the next day and so forth and so on.
The Holy Spirit instilled that kind of love in me as a young man and yes, I’ve stumbled and made mistakes, but the Holy Spirit ALWAYS led me back to the “straight and narrow!” But He also instilled that love in ALL of us who call Him Lord and I could no more stop loving like that then I could stop being a human being. I am what I am. In this case, because the Lord loves you even more than I can, and He loves us ALL that much, each one individually. He’s God, only He can love like that; and so we go on until it is time to go home.
I really have to say this, I want to say it; God bless you all for being who you are in God! I appreciate you and all you do in the Name of the Lord and for His children. I appreciate your prayers, I appreciate your words, I appreciate your smiles and your tears. (Yes, you can see them in your writing believe me you can!) I appreciate you for continuing on day after day after day doing what the Lord tells you to do. We are family and we are community but we are more than that; we are the Bride, we are One and becoming more One the closer the Bridegroom gets to us and soon we WILL be One with Him!
That day, will be worth all the tears, and worth all the misunderstandings and words, that day will be GREAT!
In Christ’s love for you;
Disclaimer: Like many Evangelists and Teachers, there is a lot of Controversy around some of his teachings and such. I have not followed him a lot, but this particular article
inspired me. The Bible tells us to “try the spirits to see if they are from God” and
also that a test of a true prophetic ministry is if they are right or wrong in their
prophecies. Please read with these thoughts in mind. Not all his beliefs are mine, but
then, not all mine are others! — Pastor Roland
Transcript by Andrew Strom from 2008
Ten months ago in November 2007 while preaching in Wisconsin
USA, I felt a strong unction from the Holy Spirit to speak about
the future of the United States and the imminent Crash. As often
happens under that kind of anointing, a real boldness came over
me, and for the first time I found myself clearly putting a “date”
on the coming financial Depression – something I had never done
before – except in the vaguest of terms. I found myself predicting
that tragically within six months America would be in Recession,
and within 12 months the actual Depression would begin.
(-This audio is on our website – http://www.revivalschool.com )
So let us look at the evidence. It is now ten months later. Has the
Depression begun? Sadly the answer has to be “Yes”. In the last
two weeks the two largest mortgage giants in the world (Fannie
Mae & Freddie Mac) failed, the largest Insurance Company on earth
crashed (all taken over by the US Government), Lehman Brothers
went bankrupt (almost taking the entire financial system with it),
Money Markets reeled, the two remaining giant Investment banks
sought protection as “holding banks” – which means the end of
Wall Street as we know it, etc, etc. Stocks are in turmoil, Oil leapt
on Monday by the most ever recorded, gold is volatile – and on it
goes. -The most shattering two weeks since the Great Depression.
Meanwhile the US Treasury is seeking 700 billion dollars in a
forlorn effort to put Humpty back together again – tragically too late.
THERE ARE “JONAHS” on THE BOAT
Why is this storm hitting America at this time? There are certainly
many reasons – most of which we have discussed before. But let
me put something else before you that I believe God spoke to me
not long ago:- There are “Jonahs” on the boat – and they are
sending the nation down.
Who are these Jonahs? I believe they are the “prophets” of America
who will not preach the truth – who sleep comfortably in the bowels
of the nation while chaos reigns all around them. Too afraid to
deliver God’s word ‘Repent’, they run the other way – toward smooth
talk and pleasant sayings – “Peace peace” when there is no peace.
And the depths of this great crisis can be laid directly at their door.
Yes – that’s right. A big reason why the ship of America is sinking
is because her prophets ran away from their God-given task and
message at the crucial moment.
If only these prophets had preached the TRUTH when the nation
so desperately needed to hear it. If only they had begun – way
back in the 1980’s – to call the lukewarm church to repentance,
to rebuke the people for their love of money, their greed, their sin.
But no – the siren call of “popularity” was too strong. The call of
“grace, grace”, of mass acceptance, of big reputations and even
bigger offerings. And so they sold out. And now they sleep bliss-
fully in the midst of the ship, while the storm whips to fury all
around. How do you sleep, O Jonahs, who would not cry “Repent”?
And it is not just the “prophets” either. It is the televangelists too.
Caught up in a world of fakery, hype and money-grubbing unseen
in the church since the Dark Ages, these hucksters are spreading
their garbage to every Third World Revival nation around the globe.
Greed, manipulation and pride on a scale that only America could
generate. Where is your shame, O charlatans of greed?
And so God is forced to act. And just like Jonah, the storm will
not abate until the wayward preachers are thrown overboard. Until
America is rid of these international thieves and prostitutes, she
is finished. And she will not recover until they are gone.
You see, it is not just the leaders who are at fault here. It is also
the people, who “love to have it so”. And thus until the heart of the
people is scourged and purged they will accommodate the “Jonahs” –
even seeking more of their ear-tickling fables to comfort themselves
in this time of breaking.
Until the heart of American greed is shattered – until her people
act of their own volition to throw these Jonahs overboard – this
storm will go on and on. In fact, it is about to grow a whole lot worse.
Mark my words, America: Until you remove these Jonahs, your
nation cannot recover. They have held the whole world in thrall by
their apostasy. And God cannot have it so any more. How long will
it take you to realize? How long will it take you to act?
THROW THE JONAHS OVERBOARD and be done with them!!
Only then will this mother of all storms subside.
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