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Circling the Wagons; What’s Next…


Good editorial from Dr. Orrel Steinkamp at Herescope,

Pan Evangelicals Still Wield the Broken Sword of Political/Cultural Evangelism

The evangelical political games are essentially over. All that is left is to create an evangelical political party. The GOP will sooner, rather than later, nominate a presidential candidate advocating same sex marriage. The past election cycle demonstrated the culture is too far gone to be saved by the ballot box and raw political and legislative power.

Actually the Gospel was never intended to be a political/cultural product. Nevertheless, seeker-sensitive evangelism gave it the ole college try. All that remains is what Shakespeare called “wind and fury signifying nothing.”

Pragmatic Christianity tried desperately to accommodate to postmodern culture but it has peaked and is now flirting with medieval Catholic monastic mysticism.

Only a handful of attractional megachurches with multiple campus satellites draw lot of media attention. They have staked their hope on getting too big to fail, and then getting even bigger. Their motto is “grow or die.” But the price isn’t cheap spiritually and monetarily. They have to tinker with their product line to attract and then hold their postmodern shoppers. But the megachurch monstrosities of over 20,000 consumers linked to a singular CEO by super-optic technology on satellite campuses are actually very rare. Someone has designated 2000 congregants as the the mini-megachurch entrance level. But only 10% of the 56 million Protestant churchgoers in America are even in churches of 2000. 47 million Protestant churchgoers are in churches that have 199 or less congregants. 60% have 99 or fewer people in their churches.

Nevertheless, many of these pastors are flat out trying to get mega. Pastors sign up for leadership courses and get their sermons from Rick Warren’s pastoral toolbox on the net. But still they are failing to get mega. This “get out there and lure them in” only produces a bread and circus mentality. The pastors and people should just give up and return to being an authentic New Testament local body of Christ. But the business model of the big box megachurches has already set in and purpose-driven pragmatism rules.

The “take dominion” Apostles and Prophets have tried their hand at national politics as a form of Dominion evangelism. This wedding to Pentecostal Latter-Rain extremists and political activity produced some interesting activity in the last election. They had their hands all over Texas Gov. Perry’s failed presidential bid. They then tried to prophesy serial marriage practitioner Newt Gingrich to the top of the ticket. That collapsed and then they turned to a Paleo-Catholic Rick Santorum, and finally dutifully followed Mormons Glenn Beck and Mitt Romney to the election gallows. But God didn’t raise up Mitt.

The Dominionists are now left with trying to fast and pray their Dominion agenda into churches having struck out politically. The jet-setting “apostles and prophets” have now aimed their Dominionist agenda on China, Africa and Europe. Surely they won’t want to waste their time on the small churches in America…

Continued here 

 

8 comments on “Circling the Wagons; What’s Next…

  1. There is no more “New Testament” Christianity in the west. Only a person by person basis but no church gatherings that desperately strive to follow the teachings of Jesus. The monstrosity called evangelicalism is now little more than an Amway meeting with the word “Christian” lightly sprinkled on top.

    • Yes, i agree henry.

      Recently i reconnected with a dear sister in the Lord on facebook. We’d lost contact some years back and it was such a joy to “find” each other again. She wrote on my timeline page this week concerning how she doesn’t seem to fit in at any church (she lives in the Panhandle) anymore. I replied by saying i knew how she felt for i had felt that way for some time. We are most certainly aliens and strangers in this world brother henry…but most distressing is finding oneself strangers and “aliens” in churches…among those we are suppose to be (by his blood) connected to.

      Only a person by person basis

      Amen, and i am grateful to God for that one on one connection.

  2. He didn’t go far enough in my view!

    I did like it though, the article.

    Some points to add to it from Scripture.

    See both Isaiah 2:1-5 & Micah 4:1-4.

    I’d say the article articulates well Micah 4:5,

    For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. (Micah 4:5 ESV)

    The other day, to illustrate, I got a call from my wife. She was very excited and fearful. Directly across the street at an intersection of power poles, very high voltage, during a wind storm a large branch tore off a tree and crashed down onto one of these high voltage lines causing a break in the circuit and because the line was now on another tree the tree became a short and caught fire! She said the power company had just arrived as well as the fire department. It was scary because you could feel the electricity in the air as well as see the power line arking blue while the trees were on fire!

    That’s what I perceive is coming into the world soon and very soon just as both Isaiah and Micah reveal by the Spirit! The raw power of God is going to send a wind storm throughout the world that’s going to snap some power lines and reveal the raw power out of control which will undoubtedly get folks excited and calling for help from the Living God because of the outbreak of the fire in the trees!

    Let me repeat Micah 4:5 again noting the two sides:

    For all the peoples walk each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever. (Micah 4:5 ESV)

    People either are walking in the name of their god or they are walking in the Name of The Lord! There’s no middle ground anymore.

    I’d further emphasize the two powers hoping you realize Whose power you are of by this citation from the book of Acts and Thessalonians:

    to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ (Acts 26:18 ESV)

    And

    For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of his mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming. The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 ESV)

    • Amen Michael, amen!

      Wonderful post, and though the illustration was certainly frightening, a very good example of what we may live to see: GOD’S MIGHTY, RAW, UNSTOPPABLE POWER! tearing through this world…

  3. That’s certainly frightening. Surprising that Piper is involved too in this group. I’ve never read him, but I had heard that he was good. I guess not, if he’s joining in with these guys. The Catholic Mysticism I have read about before on another blog, quite by accident. It’s silly contemplative prayer (IOW, meditation). How big is that really these days? Is it really becoming “mainstream”?

    • It appears to be growing Ricardo, if what i’ve read is any indication. As for Piper, i’ve enjoyed (and grown) through reading and hearing many of his sermons in the past, but have not kept up with what he’s been doing for the last couple years. Guess the lesson for all of us is we are all capable of being deceived…or taken in by any one of the many apostate teachings around today, if not always on guard.

  4. Piper has had Rick Warren and Mark Driscoll speak at his Desiring God conferences.

    • thanks for the update concerning Piper Henry…afraid the past couple years (due to illness’) i’ve not kept up with many things..this included.

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