uh-oh, Lee Grady’s talking about a ‘new-thing’…
Can’t help it. That phrase plus a few other words used in Christian circles (like paradigm shift) naturally put me on guard.
Why do these folks, when referring to ‘a new thing’ today, always quote Isaiah 43:19?
“Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert”
God did do a new thing…he provided a way of salvation through Christ.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” – 2Cor 5:17
And why is that never enough? I’m not picking on Lee Grady, but these folks ain’t figured out the ‘old thing’ yet. And sadly I don’t believe many of them ever will. How can they when they are too busy looking for a ‘new thing’?
I don’t want some new ‘thing’–and to be frank, I don’t believe there is one, or has been one, since the day of Pentecost. The ONLY (next) new thing I’m interested in, is the coming of Christ. Until then I’ll stay on the old path…
by Lee Grady
We can quibble over when the previous wave of the Holy Spirit ended. But what’s important is that we follow God’s presence into a new season.
Some readers were offended when I declared in an online column a few weeks ago that the charismatic movement is dead. One woman even accused me of heresy, since—in her words—I believe “the age of the Holy Spirit has ended.” (I didn’t say that.) Others on the opposite side of the spectrum asked why I waited so long to state the obvious. All this discussion prompted me to address the issue further.
I am not a coroner. But I do believe the historic period we call the American charismatic movement ended a while ago. By making that pronouncement I was NOT saying that (1) the Holy Spirit isn’t moving today; (2) the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit aren’t available to us any more; or (3) people who are associated with this movement are all washed up.
On the contrary, we could be on the cusp of one of the most dynamic spiritual awakenings in history, and it will most certainly be accompanied by the supernatural work of the Spirit.
Yet if we want to shift with Him into the next season we must lay aside old mindsets and worn-out religious paradigms that we picked up during the past 40 years. When God comes to do “a new thing,” as Isaiah promised He would (Isa. 43:19, NASB), we must embrace new priorities, recalibrate our spiritual values and set aside the baggage of the past.