Here is the burning question: Can the mega church save America? I am not asking if you think they are successful. I am asking… do you believe that the rising tide of anti-God, pro-perversion forces that are propelling the nation to oblivion can be reversed by mega churches.
I am positive that even the most famous of seeker pastors would not dare say that their approach is going to result in an American moral awakening…the one and only thing we need now.
Those who blindly hold to the seeker model may be our version of the “Warmists.” Global warming is such a tenuous theory that they had to rebrand it “climate change.” In spite of the coldest winter in Chicago’s history they cling to their religion and stick to their guns. Even playing the ultimate mental goobly gook by saying, “these occasional cold spells are caused by warming.”
Our version of global warming goes like this: We are facing a spiritual ice age but the problem is actually heat…heat that was caused by hot Bible preaching, revivalism, fervent prayer and repentance. The solution to the coldness of America is to remove even more heat from the church?
So what is the answer for the American church? For some, it is simply “at all cost, keep the lie alive.” To consider the urgency of revival can lead to the most dangerous of all questions: what is the point of any church program that has zero chance of waking America up?
This is why the conversion of Kirsten Powers matters. The seeker manifesto orders us to expect conversions that are gradual, comfortable and noninvasive. Read in her own words how her experience is the polar opposite:
“then one night on a trip to Taiwan I woke up in what I felt like a strange cross between a dream and reality Jesus came to me he said here I am it felt so real I didn’t know what to make of it I called my boyfriend but before I had time to tell him about it he told me he had been praying the night before and felt we were supposed to break up. So we did. I honestly while I was upset I was more traumatized by Jesus visiting me I tried to write off the experience as misfiring synapses but I couldn’t shake it when I returned to New York a few days later I will cost I suddenly felt God everywhere and it was terrifying more important it was unwelcome it felt like an invasion I started to fear I was going crazy”
One of the most recognizable and outspoken voices of secular thought violently reverses courses, claiming a supernatural vision of Christ ala Saul of Tarsus? We better sit up and take heed! Here is what I believe this miracle says to us:
1. Our strategy for reaching America must come from the Holy Spirit and not man made marketing. No matter how unreachable she seems, God has a strategy He wants to execute through us but only by the Holy Spirit. Jesus gave this role to the Holy Spirit and any plan we invent on our own will not only fail it is disobedience.
2. No active ingredient of the Gospel should be left out in our preaching. Yes sir, your message was full of inspiration and dazzling anecdotes. And, I must say, the fancy footwork that left out hell, repentance, the Blood, the Cross, and the Resurrection was indeed impressive but wholly ineffective for deliverance from sin.
3. Conversion is not comfortable but in many cases it is fearful and overwhelming. When Kirsten got back to New York she felt God everywhere and wondered if she was losing her mind. People sobbing at the front of a Church, pastors getting calls at 3 AM from distraught souls will become a common byproduct of true awakening.
And this is just the beginning. The most indispensable fact of Kirsten’s conversion is a message to pastors about the Glory of God. That is what I will tell you about tomorrow.