Recent bizarre donation schemes brought the prosperity gospel back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance. Before he died in 2003 Kenneth Hagin summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence…
Before He died Kenneth Hagin warned against today’s materialistic gospel.
Charismatic Bible teacher Kenneth Hagin Sr. is considered the father of the so-called prosperity gospel. The folksy, self-trained “Dad Hagin” started a grass-roots movement in Oklahoma that produced a Bible college and a crop of famous preachers including Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Savelle, Charles Capps, Jesse DuPlantis, Creflo Dollar and dozens of others—all of whom teach that Christians who give generously should expect financial rewards on this side of heaven.
Hagin taught that God was not glorified by poverty and that preachers do not have to be poor. But before he died in 2003 and left his Rhema Bible Training Center in the hands of his son, Kenneth Hagin Jr., he summoned many of his colleagues to Tulsa to rebuke them for distorting his message. He was not happy that some of his followers were manipulating the Bible to support what he viewed as greed and selfish indulgence.
Those who were close to Hagin Sr. say he was passionate about correcting these abuses before he died. In fact, he wrote a brutally honest book to address his concerns. The Midas Touch was published in 2000, a year after the infamous Tulsa meeting.
Many Word-Faith ministers ignored the book. But in light of the recent controversy over prosperity doctrines, it might be a good idea to dust it off and read it again.
Here are a few of the points Hagin made in The Midas Touch
1. Financial prosperity is not a sign of God’s blessing. Hagin wrote: “If wealth alone were a sign of spirituality, then drug traffickers and crime bosses would be spiritual giants. Material wealth can be connected to the blessings of God or it can be totally disconnected from the blessings of God.”
2. People should never give in order to get. Hagin was critical of those who “try to make the offering plate some kind of heavenly vending machine.” He denounced those who link giving to getting, especially those who give cars to get new cars or who give suits to get new suits. He wrote: “There is no spiritual formula to sow a Ford and reap a Mercedes.”
3. It is not biblical to “name your seed” in an offering. Hagin was horrified by this practice, which was popularized in faith conferences during the 1980s. Faith preachers sometimes tell donors that when they give in an offering they should claim a specific benefit to get a blessing in return. Hagin rejected this idea and said that focusing on what you are going to receive “corrupts the very attitude of our giving nature.”
4. The “hundredfold return” is not a biblical concept. Hagin did the math and figured out that if this bizarre notion were true, “we would have Christians walking around with not billions or trillions of dollars, but quadrillions of dollars!” He rejected the popular teaching that a believer should claim a specific monetary payback rate.
5. Preachers who claim to have a “debt-breaking” anointing should not be trusted. Hagin was perplexed by ministers who promise “supernatural debt cancellation” to those who give in certain offerings. He wrote in The Midas Touch: “There is not one bit of Scripture I know about that validates such a practice. I’m afraid it is simply a scheme to raise money for the preacher, and ultimately it can turn out to be dangerous and destructive for all involved.”
(Many evangelists who appear on Christian television today use this bogus claim. Usually they insist that the miraculous debt cancellation will occur only if a person “gives right now,” as if the anointing for this miracle suddenly evaporates after the prime time viewing hour. This manipulative claim is more akin to witchcraft than Christian belief.)
Hagin condemned other hair-brained gimmicks designed to trick audiences into emptying their wallets. He was especially incensed when a preacher told his radio listeners that he would take their prayer requests to Jesus’ empty tomb in Jerusalem and pray over them there—if donors included a special love gift. “What that radio preacher really wanted was more people to send in offerings,” Hagin wrote.
Thanks to the recent resurgence in bizarre donation schemes promoted by American charismatics, the prosperity gospel is back under the nation’s microscope. It’s time to revisit Hagin’s concerns and find a biblical balance.
Hagin told his followers: “Overemphasizing or adding to what the Bible actually teaches invariably does more harm than good.” If the man who pioneered the modern concept of biblical prosperity blew the whistle on his own movement, wouldn’t it make sense for us to listen to his admonition?
The Midas Touch is available through Kenneth Hagin Ministries https://www.rhema.org/
You were led into a relationship with Jesus where you no longer fit in anywhere. What thrilled others left you scratching your head, wondering how they could be so easily satisfied.
You feel the evil and the blasphemy. You are grieved to see God’s name and honor smeared both inside and outside the church. You wondered “how long Lord?” How long before I can take up the sword of the Lord and bring wrath down on demons?
You have wondered what is happening to you. It seems that everything the enemy has is being thrown at you. Many have pulled away from you—including those you have trusted for years—not understanding the path that you have chosen.
People made big promises to you that turned out to be a puff of smoke. You were left empty at the very moment you believed a great breakthrough was coming.
God promised you something when you began this journey; but now it all seems like a cruel fantasy. You have cried to the Lord “why have you awakened this hope in me if this will never come to pass.” You dared not even tell your family and closest friends your true feelings.
Do you want to understand what is happening to you right now? While you weren’t looking, God reached down and did important work inside you. God tested you in the furnace for holy reasons.
A great self-emptying is in progress. Heaven is asking questions about you and the furnace is answering them.
-He is making you someone can be trusted with great influence and power.
-He is making you someone who has freely received and will freely give.
-He is making you someone who will be so focused and determined that you will never quit.
-He is making you someone who obeys only God—who only goes forth at the command of God—who gives all credit and glory to God.
Let not the darkness of this hour rush your preparation. Fear not! It will not be too late by the time of your breakthrough.
Is this the darkest it has ever been? Does it seem it can get no worse? Then beloved, consider the intensity of this attack as a sign that your breakthrough is at hand…the devil saves the worst for last, but God saves the best for last.
Isaiah 55: 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
10 “For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
11 So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
12 “For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”
God is doing a secret work in our day. He is raising up a hungry people who are growing more and more dissatisfied with the fleshly, worldly system as it now exists—even in the church.
These God-hungry people are saying among themselves, “This is not it. There is something more. The bigness and the sensationalism of it all has left us empty and dry. We want more. More than entertainment. More than big, showy buildings. More than a shallow celebrity gospel. We want deeper values. We want to see Jesus. We want spotless robes of righteousness. We want to go back to doing things in total dependence on God.”
I see it all over the nation today — disillusioned Christians searching for reality. The people in the pew are beginning to fast and pray. They are the ones who now weep between the porch and the altar. And, they are crying out for more depth and more of eternal values from the pulpit. If the minister of their church goes on in some egocentric way, pursuing expensive dreams, they will go out looking for a place where their deepest spiritual needs will be met.
I know it to be a fact that numerous ministers share my own desperate hunger for a deeper work of God in the church and ministry today. There seems to be a secret underground network of men of God who are stripping themselves down, humbling themselves, and getting back into the secret closet of prayer. Recently I have met a number of ministers, of various denominations, who are praying up to 6 and 8 hours a day. They are fasting. Some of these dear men of God grieve over conditions in the church today. God is revealing to all praying people that a glorious new work of the Spirit is about to break forth. God is going to shake everything that can be shaken. He will tear down the old political, backslidden, ecclesiastical system. He will disown the formal, super-church structure. He will chase out of His presence all who are engaging in self-promoting ministries.
Be honest, saints of God. Are you really satisfied with the religious system today, and especially in your church? Some are. But most are not getting their needs met. I believe we have gotten off the track of true spirituality. The spiritual leanness of so many Christians today is a direct result of getting into the flesh — trying to do kingdom work in our own power, with worldly methods. Our values are becoming perverted.
Shame on us! We are substituting temporal values for eternal ones. We have evangelists and teachers who specialize in telling believers how much God owes them. Material blessings are magnified, spiritual ones minimized. According to some, it is our right to be rich, successful, and immune to all pain.
These teachers point to themselves as examples of prosperity. “Look at me,” it is said, “I have proved the promises. I live well. I am never sick — I have no unpaid bills. I drive the best cars. I live in the finest home. It works for me, so believe as I do and you can have what I have.”
Beloved, how much of that teaching will stand up before the judgment seat of Christ? There is a growing inner knowledge in me that most of our modern, self-centered teaching is going to be consumed before the flaming eyes of the Son of God.
John, in his vision of the Son of God, saw an awesome sight.
“…his head and his hair were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire…” (Rev. 1:14).
John goes on to say,
“…I fell at his feet as dead…” (v.17).
Will any of us, as teachers and evangelists, be able to stand before those piercing eyes of flaming fire? Can any Christian look Him in the eyes? No ego can withstand His gaze. No self-centered dreams can go unexposed. All secret sin will be exposed as a terrible abomination in His sight.
All the things we have accumulated will burn. All the great works we have done for Him, with such zeal and sweat, will they also burn?
How important is what you are doing to God’s kingdom? God can give you the desire of your heart, but send leanness to your soul. God assisted Israel in their desire to have a king. But He later disciplined them for their selfish motives.
Are you in some kind of competitive race? Are you doing things for God just to keep up with others? In eternity, looking back—how really necessary will it all be then?
Children of God, what is the good of what you and I are doing? Do we have motives based on eternal values? If we truly believe the end of all things is upon us, what should we be doing about purging our values? What is it going to take to wake us up and get us out of the drift toward ease and comfort?
I confess to you that it has taken years for me to live only for eternal values. I grieve when I think back of the time and money I wasted trying to build something tangible for God. I wanted something people could see. How important I thought those buildings were to God’s kingdom. I convinced myself, “God deserves the best.” He does—but not in bricks, mortar, and steel—He deserves the best of our time and yieldedness. Thank God for the day the Spirit revealed to me how shallow my values were! I spent 20 years planning programs, building buildings, running all over the world trying to show God how important to His kingdom I was. All the while my reputation grew as a minister of faith and vision. Yet, after each new project, I felt a letdown. No sooner was one building finished, and I was already planning another. I was an idea-man for God. I had more ideas than any preacher in America. Ideas on how to evangelize. How to organize New Testament programs. The programs and ideas were successful enough to entrap me and keep me on the treadmill of busy-ness.
But all along my heart yearned for more. I knew the blessing was not in building. Not in some well-planned scheme to reach the lost. Not in bigness, and not in activity. I discovered the hard way, that the glory of God, the peace and joy of the Spirit, was in being stripped down, emptied, and made totally weak. God had to expose all my values. He turned His flaming eyes on my soul and showed me I had better reject my old way of doing things, or be lost in a maze of self-imposed activity.
Now, my greatest joy is waiting upon Him for direction. I have made time to be alone with Him, and have prepared my soul to abide in His quiet presence. He is letting me sense what the Spirit is saying to this generation. The more He empties me, the more He fills me with a desire to depend only on Him for everything. I see now that all along the Lord was waiting for me to lay down all my plans, all my ambitions, and be given over to Him as a bondslave. The sweat is now gone – the pressure is off. He is recreating all my values.
The Final Shaking
What will happen when God begins to shake everything that can be shaken? When all false values tumble and earthly dreams and plans lose their meaning?
Sadly, many of God’s children are going to end up bewildered and confused. As the world moves into the era of economic collapse – when persecution falls even upon civilized nations – when governments are convulsing and tottering on the brink of total collapse — how many Christians will survive the test?
A lot of God’s people are going to wonder where they are. Ministers who are caught up in the trap of human vision will leave the ministry confused, all their work to no avail. Multitudes will be asking, “What’s it all about? What’s happening? What does the future hold? Where are we? Who can tell us the mind of God?”
We are now moving swiftly into what we know as the end time. We had better be in possession of a heavenly vision of holiness and humility. The testing time is coming down upon us with lightning speed. It is going to take more than a doctrine or a particular teaching to see us through. We are going to have to really know the Lord in His fullness. We had better have our eyes on eternal values. Only spiritual things are going to remain. Only spiritual people will understand what is happening and not faint. We must be linked up with the mind of the Spirit so we will not be thrown by the radical changes that are coming. We must bring ourselves, to the place we have nothing to lose. We need to walk away from all the junk in our lives — we are going to lose it all anyhow.
How much of God do you possess in this final hour of disintegration and fear? How earthly are you? How transitory are your desires? Have your values been sifted and purged by the Spirit of almighty God? How much of the world interests you — how much time is consumed in chasing after things that don’t matter now?
You will know when the Spirit is calling you out of the shallow Christianity about you. You will know when the Lord is wanting to touch you in a supernatural way. You will know when He is calling you out of the ordinary. He will stir your nest. An unexplainable divine restlessness will come upon you. You will become disinterested in what you have been doing. All your successes will leave you feeling empty and unfulfilled. Nothing that you have or do will meet the need in you for reality. You will sense that a very deep need in you has not yet been met — questions that have never been answered. A shadow of dissatisfaction will be cast over your entire life.
That is a mark of God’s dealing with you in a supernatural way, trying to get you to turn loose of all that you hold dear. It is His way of showing you that your needs are really spiritual and not physical.
You will feel His magnetic pull back to prayer — back to spiritual hunger, to broken-ness and self-emptying. Soon, you will be touching those satisfying eternal values and your soul will cry out, “This is what I’ve been wanting all along. He has taken away the earthly and replaced it with the spiritual.”
Saints, the key word is hunger. He has promised to fill the hungry heart. I have never been so hungry for God. That hunger almost overwhelms me at times. Every waking hour my heart reaches out to Him. Because His thoughts are always on my mind, the things of the world have lost their value. I see things as Paul did — nothing but the dung of this world. I am becoming a nobody—it feels so good.
Do you also sense this call to a deeper walk with God? Is your soul hungry for more of the Spirit in your life? If so, end the civil war in you — by yielding everything you have to the Master. The misery goes the very moment you surrender all to Him. You can know true peace and happiness the moment you quit trying to be somebody. Want nothing but Jesus, and your life will take on a new meaning.
Don’t Waste Another Hour
My greatest grief is that it took so long for me to get out of God’s way. I wasted years doing things simply out of compassion. I was spiritually blind, not knowing that God must clearly direct every step I take. I had an international pulpit — preaching to thousands — with crowded altars. Thank God He showed me there was much more. The numbers and the crowds meant nothing. I wanted to see people get deeper into the Lord. I wanted nothing more to do with shallow decisions. God had to totally change my way of thinking, and now, like Gideon, I know that big is not always best.
Don’t let it happen to you. Take stock of your life and values. Shut yourself up with God alone in the secret closet. Pray diligently for spiritual hunger. Ask God to give you a spirit of sorrow for wasting so much time. Pray for a greater desire for His Word. Pray for a broken heart. Pray for a purging and a purifying work in your life. Then get ready to be cast into the fire of testing.
“…I will purge the sons of Levi…” (Mal. 3:3)
I can tell you it’s worth it! The purging will not seem joyous, but rather grievous. But you will soon glorify the Lord for the results in your life. All the anxiety will be gone. All worldly ambition will die. Your spiritual eyes will be opened to truth. The Spirit will give you revelation knowledge. You will exchange the riches of this world for the true riches of Christ Jesus. You will wake up each morning with an over-flowing joy. Your soul will cry out “I found what my soul has been longing for. Rest–beautiful rest in my Lord.”
You can then say with David, the Psalmist — “In his presence is there is fullness of joy; at his right hand there are pleasures forevermore…” (Ps.16:11).
“…for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ So then everyone of us shall give an account of himself to God…”(Rom. 14:10-12).
“…The end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer…” (I Pet. 4:7).
“… The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light…” (Rom. 13:12).
“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build, upon this foundation gold stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire…” (I Cor. 3: 11-15).
We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome. He has no say in our activities. He has been evicted from His rightful place.
We can and should have power. We should be winning millions. Medically confirmed healings should be a norm. Hardened sinners should be collapse before the might of God’s presence in our meetings.
What makes our present defeat, so vexing, is that it is so unnecessary. We have the best message in the world. Everything hurting our nation can be healed by the Holy Spirit. There is no raging debate today that is not solved by the Gospel. There is no injustice that cannot be cured by Christ.
Instead, we put our worst foot forward. We teach light and airy, even silly things—things that not only bounce off the unchurched—they weaken the churched.
We sing “Holy Spirit You are welcome here,” but the truth is He is not at all welcome. He has no say in our activities. He has been evicted from His rightful place.
When you finally see who the Holy Spirit is, and what His active role should be…our current condition will horrify you.
OUTPOURING AT WARRIOR FEST WITH PERRY STONE
Jesus said in John 16:7 “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore, I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.”
All church life must flow out of the Holy Spirit. He is the leader of the worldwide conviction of sin and righteousness. He is our key to decode a culture. Our relevance is from Him. Our organizational structure is by Him. He is the exclusive purveyor of everything Jesus must give earth.
Here are just two examples of how practical dependency on the Holy Spirit in the early church solved massive crisis:
“As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” -Acts 13:2
-“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things…-Acts 15:28
The power and blessing of those two Spirit-born strategies continues to this hour. The first, created the New Testament Churches—hence the New Testament. The second, is the reason we have one and not two New Testaments. Without this guidance, the controversy would have led to a Jewish New Testament and a Gentile New Testament.
It is easy to point the finger at mega churches. We can say they are muscle-bound with marketing and have little impact on America’s destruction. However, many of my Spirit-filled brothers and sisters are also guilty of gross sins against the Holy Spirit. (They may be even worse sins because they include jaw-dropping hypocrisy). Here are some of their crimes:
They are guilty of dropping the God card. When Charismatic leaders ban the gifts of the Spirit from operating and say God told them to do it—it is a sin against Jesus. When leaders become territorial and refuse to work with other leaders to win souls in their city and blame God, they quench the Holy Spirit.
They drop the God card if they make intercessory prayer and the prophetic, open-ended excuses not to reach out. How many spirit-filled gatherings make no appeal for souls to be saved? Answer: Almost all of them. How can this be God?
They turn weapons into toys: 2 Corinthians 10:3 “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…”
Have you ever seen anything more cringe-worthy than a convention of grownups dressed in medieval and gothic costumes playing Dungeons and Dragons with Styrofoam swords? Sadly, yes.
The top cringe is reserved for spirit-filled meetings where weapons—meant for strongholds of Satan—are squandered on bored saints lusting for yet another emotional experience. Their shenanigans are blamed on the Holy Spirit. Most are just self-centered believers binging on fantasy blessings.
I can’t shake the image of an army removing all the bullets, to play bang-bang in the barracks. But what a crime to do it with gifts designed to clean out crack houses.
If you are famished for the true work of the Holy Spirt—if you are desperate for a national miracle—if you can let God X-ray your heart…the Holy Spirit is waiting for you. Here is what you need to know.
You had to learn not to trust the Holy Spirit. That statement is saturated with conviction and hope. Tragically, church life often leads away from the Holy Spirit. However, the hopeful part is, you learned not to trust which means all you must do is go back to the simple days when you were truly led of the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is seeking people to use on a massive scale. At this moment, Mario Murillo Ministries is struggling to respond to all the open doors. We are watching the promise of widespread harvest fulfilled right before our eyes. There are many openings right now for effective ministry.
The Holy Spirit seeks workers. Matthew 9: 37 “Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
The Holy Spirit is looking for workers—not self-promoted apostles, prophets, and ozone warriors. Every leader wants this but doesn’t realize it: you want workers—people who will do work and not posture about their spiritual rank. We are teeming with people who want recognition but won’t lift a finger for the real work.
Jesus’ prayer revealed the harvest, targeted the harvest and prayed for workers to go to the harvest. When you do not welcome the Holy Spirit’s passion for the lost—you do not welcome Him.
The Shocking Reason millions of born again Christians will still vote for Hillary
By Mario Murillo
She is a smooth criminal. She is the consort of a sexual addict. She is chugging the longest train of scandal and lawlessness in history toward the White House. Box cars overflow with federal crimes, defilement, unexplained deaths, pathological lies, and an insatiable lust for power. She wants the savagery of late term abortion. She believes marriage is between a man and anything.
However, the greatest horror resides in the caboose: She will feed and expand the cancer of Obama’s policies. Thus, she will turn up the blood-letting of government spending and doom our children. Our foreign policy will be one big blazing Benghazi. Our Supreme Court will become a left-wing meat grinder. Obamacare is dead; no mind, she will manage the morgue so the corpse putrefies our health care system indefinitely.
Say you wanted to craft the quintessential anti-Christian candidate. Monger a politician that is the most anti-Bible, anti-church, anti-Israel, anti-God human being on the planet: thy name is Hillary Clinton.
Yet, with all of this, millions of born again, holiness, tongue-talking, Bible-thumping Christians are dutifully and catatonically pulling the lever for her. She has also said that religious beliefs need to be changed. Think of that…she would change Christian beliefs and millions of Christians will help her do it.
Maybe you’ll do it because you are more feminist, union, or minority than you are Christian.
The article in Dallas Morning News reads: “I am a pro-life Christian woman voting for Hillary.” The author Shannon Dingle says, “So buckle up, y’all. We’re in for a ride.” Sadly, I took the ride and it was even murkier by the end than it was at the beginning.
The polls say 80% percent of all African Americans will vote for Hillary. Thirty-eight million of them live in the U.S. Do you think for a moment, 80% of the black Christians you know are anti-Bible?
We also know that many Christian white women are for Hillary. Women who listen to Joyce Meyers, women who attend prophetic conferences, women who pray in tongues…yet, still, they will vote Clinton.
One of the biggest reasons for this breathtaking contradiction will shock you: IT IS MODERN PREACHING. Have you even wondered why your pastor is not warning you that we are about to lose our nation forever? Have you not noticed the blinding contradiction when your pastor says he believes in the Word of God and then tells you to vote for Hillary?
The preaching that allows believers to act in opposition to their faith comes in many packages. But they all carry these traits.
- It teaches there is a higher standard than the Bible. This comes at you in all kinds of ways. There is the preaching that omits scripture. There is the preaching that magically mixes opposing ideas so they fit together in blissful repose, i.e. Chrislam. You don’t even notice the teaching is not anchored to the Bible.
The Bible may be diminished by a pastor. They say things like: “I still revere scripture but the modern mind finds it objectionable so we must downplay it.”
Then there are Spirit-filled teachers who imply—or outright say—that personal prophetic words or supernatural encounters trump the Bible.
Is there any wonder millions of Christians sitting under such verbiage lack the moral clarity to do the right thing in this election?
2. It desperately wants cultural acceptance. So much of the confusing waffling you hear from celebrity pastors is not a conviction; it is a need for acceptance from the culture. When virtually every news outlet, Hollywood, pop stars and secular universities are in lockstep with Hillary, the pressure to conform is overwhelming.
A pastor tosses his Bible values and suddenly becomes a darling to millions who declare that pastor open-minded, inclusive and tolerant.
Regardless of how glaring the evil, this preaching refuses to offend. Joel Osteen said to Larry King, “I know Homosexuality is a sin but I am not going to preach it.”
Here is preaching that calculates truth with a wet finger raised to cultural breezes instead of a heart that discerns the wind of the Holy Spirit.
Moral clarity is almost nonexistent. If it is gone from the sermon, small wonder it is gone from the voting booth.
3. It teaches elitism that exempts Christians from consequences. This pernicious teaching places the Christian above Scripture, above consequence and even above God.
It begins with true statements about the authority of the believer or the wonders of the love and grace of God. The teacher, seeing the delight he awakens in his audience, increases the dosage beyond Bible limits.
Soon you are hearing that you never have to repent of sin. You hear of astounding dominion you have over all of the earth. You are fed a constant diet of how God is so, so into you.
You are too valuable to suffer (like other Christians around the world). No matter how bad it looks, you do not have to worry or take action because God will simply take care of it all.
Revival becomes “if God wants it” and not “if my people.”
Will Christians be judged by God for voting for Hillary? Eric Metaxas not only thinks so…he makes a compelling appeal for voting for Donald Trump:
“How do I squirm out of this horrific conundrum? It’s unavoidable: We who can vote must answer to God for these people, whom He loves. We are indeed our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers.
We would be responsible for passively electing someone who champions the abomination of partial-birth abortion, someone who is celebrated by an organization that sells baby parts. We already live in a country where judges force bakers, florists and photographers to violate their consciences and faith—and Mrs. Clinton has zealously ratified this. If we believe this ends with bakers and photographers, we are horribly mistaken. No matter your faith or lack of faith, this statist view of America will dramatically affect you and your children.
For many of us, this is very painful, pulling the lever for someone many think odious. But please consider this: A vote for Donald Trump is not necessarily a vote for Donald Trump himself. It is a vote for those who will be affected by the results of this election. Not to vote is to vote. God will not hold us guiltless.”
Hillary just said this about the new FBI investigation of her: “People Have Already “Factored” In Emails in How They Think about Me.” She also believes this is true of millions of born Christians. have factored what she is but they will vote for her anyway.
Three reasons why this is exactly the right time to seek revival
By Mario Murillo
This is exactly the right time to seek revival. Here are 3 reasons why:
1. The big SO WHAT in the Bible: Admit past revivals went extreme. Admit most attempts at revival misfire at ignition (many alleged awakenings were actually snooze alarms.) Admit millions of Christians repose in impotent slumber beneath motivational mush. Admit revival camps won’t unify because of their “we-must-lead-the-revival-or-else attitude. Admit current cultural conditions make revival the impossible dream. In short, I say, admit conditions within and without could not be worse for revival…and I say, “SO WHAT!”
Never mind that I said it—Paul said it! “For what (so what) if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar.” -Romans 3: 3, 4.
-It’s a lie to say bad attempts at revival mean we should not try again.
-It’s a lie to believe comatose Christianity cannot be jolted back to life.
-It’s a lie to think revival egos cannot be broken down into vibrant unity.
-It’s a lie to believe that our culture—or any other culture for that matter—is greater than the power of God.
In short, let God be true and every “expert” made a liar.
SO WHAT! So what if we deem this the worst of times for revival if—in fact—history shows it is the best of times for a revival. Yea, in these very times, God demonstrates His power.
Clear away the cobwebs…see the burning question: Does anything going on today overrule the power of taking God at His Word?
SO WHAT IF OTHERS HAVE FAILED. DOES THEIR FAILURE MAKE THE PURSUIT OF REVIVAL ANY LESS NOBLE? DOES IT MEAN GOD WILL NOT REWARD US AS HE PROMISED? THE FAILURE IN REVIVAL IS NOT FALLING DOWN BUT IN STAYING DOWN!
2. God sends revival in the worst of times. At key moments when God’s people assume that the darkness will prevail and moral awakening is utterly impossible, God will drop a measure of His Spirit on humanity. This deposit of His life immediately renders people desperate and they stampede to the place of Glory. Simultaneously, God drops a deep and wide spirit of prayer on His people.
Masses instinctively realize that this gift is the cure for their inner agony! Believe me; God knows how to incite reckless abandon on the part of sinners. It is unmistakable when it happens.
Welsey Duewel said, “It is almost as if God’s spiritual fire from heaven has touched down like a powerful tornado of blessing and leaped from place to place. All these divine manifestations have been marked by an unusually widespread awareness of God’s presence, God’s mercy, and God’s transforming power in the lives of people.”
How can a society—as jaded as ours—be the tinder of revival fire? The answer is as simple as hurricanes. The tropical lows create the violent winds. Nature rushes in to fill a vacuum.
Activist judges and liberal leaders have starved America of God! Rather than create a society that is immune, they have inadvertently created a voracious appetite predicted in the Bible. Watch out when the banquet hall of revival opens. There will be a feeding frenzy! Amos 8:11 says, ““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”
3. The return of the true revivalist. Spirits of pride, entitlement and control—in our leaders—are consumed in the fire of awakening. Basic truths—buried under the rubble of profane doctrines and seductive sermons—rise again to gleaming splendor. Brace yourself! Classic preaching on the Cross—the Blood—the second coming of Christ will take center stage in thousands of pulpits.
Beware the revived pastor in all his degree—but beware most of the return of the true revivalist. The devil carries no dread like the dread of the arrival of the true revivalist: unselfish to the core—unstoppable in the pursuit—unswerving in direction.
Satan still licks wounds inflicted by John Wesley, George Whitefield, Charles Finney, Evan Roberts and William Seymour. The devil camouflaged the era of each of these men with suffocating despair. They slashed the stage props and commanded heaven to invade earth.
Beware the arrival of the true revivalist. They will be God-possessed! Simply put, they own a supernatural drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of their destiny. The look in their eye says, “to stop me you’ll have to kill me!” They carry that elusive “fire in the belly” that manifests itself in drive, enthusiasm, excitement, and single-mindedness in pursuit of a goal—any goal. All true revivalists have it. Many well-educated, intelligent, endearing and presentable preachers do not and never will.
Let me adapt Israelmore Ayivor’s words to describe the true revivalist:
-Their critics make them strong!
-Their fears make them bold!
-Their haters make them wise!
-Their foes make them active!
-Their obstacles make them passionate!
-Their losses make them wealthy!
-Their disappointments make them feel appointed!
-Their unseen treasures give them a known peace!
These are three reasons…but we have every reason to drop to our knees right now and begin to ask for the greatest thing we will ask for.