The goal of your preaching was supposed to be influence, not popularity. Instead, your pursuit of celebrity cost you your influence. You believed big crowds and popularity would impact the culture. Instead, it reduced you to a voice that entertains but does not transform.
These verses describe your harmless popularity: Ezekiel 33: 31 “My people come to you, as they usually do, and sit before you to hear your words, but they do not put them into practice. Their mouths speak of love, but their hearts are greedy for unjust gain. 32 Indeed, to them you are nothing more than one who sings love songs with a beautiful voice and plays an instrument well, for they hear your words but do not put them into practice.”
How else can thousands hear you preach—but you can’t even close the crack house across the street?
What a reverse miracle! Vast numbers of believers, commute to your church through squalor and human tragedy. And afterwards go home the same way without making a dent in the works of Satan.
You may have built the first army in history that would rather bask in the beauty and attendance of the barracks, than in actual victories over the enemy.
Its time to rethink addictions to big screens, skinny jeans, and fog machines. Why is it time? Psalms 119: 126 says, “It is time for You to act, O Lord, for they have regarded Your law as void.”
There was a season that camouflaged your ineffectiveness. You could distract away from the hollow results and celebrate peace time pursuits. Not now. The God-hating left is hell-bent on silencing the church and framing all believers—including you—as bigots, haters and racists who must be silenced and marginalized from mainstream society. It is over for ineffective churches. God-hating elites and their mobs are burning down America. This is America’s final call to choose between certain destruction and the Cross of Christ.
It is time to dismantle church incorporated and restore our allegiance to the Holy Spirit. It is time to fire your marketeers and surrender to the original purposes of our faith, and the Word of God.
America does not need supermen. It needs supernatural men. Men who will consistently say no to self and yes to the Holy Spirit. In your quest for “relevance” remember the Holy Spirit has the real power to invade this culture with “a mouth and wisdom that no man can gainsay nor resist.”
Today, abandon your career as a celebrity attraction preacher and return to preaching the Cross—the Blood—the dreadful day of the Lord—with signs and wonders. Do these things:
1. This morning, not depend upon your own wit and ingenuity. Do not enter your pulpit armed with something some else has said that impressed you. Don’t be an echo, be a voice. Do not distrust or despair of the immediate and extraordinary aids of the Holy Spirit. When you ask God for a sermon be ready to see that He already has something in mind that may be the opposite of what you want to say.
2. Make room for the moving of the Holy Spirit. Time to slay the express service and the golden idol of time management! What if God wants to break out among the people? What if God fell this morning and accomplished in one day what your plan says will take 5 years?
3. Prepare yourself more and your sermon less. Take a truth that God is burning in your heart. Pray until that truth overcomes you completely. Let the fire of the Holy Ghost build up in you until you cannot take it anymore and go out and explode on the people. Burn your notes if you must!
2 Corinthians 10:4 says, ” The Weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but they are mighty through God to the tearing down of strongholds.” Holy Spirit driven preaching will would cut through our nation’s darkness with mind-boggling effectiveness.
E.M. Bounds said, “What the Church needs today is not more machinery or better, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Ghost can use—men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men. He does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men—men of prayer.”