The Role of the Church in an Anti-Christ Culture
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What does the Church do when it is facing an anti-Christ culture?
The Church in the USA has not faced open persecution since the Revolutionary War. The Pilgrims fled the persecution of Queen Elizabeth and her son King James.
They went to Holland first then to the shores of North America.
There was some persecution by the British Soldiers and the Church of England in the colonies leading up to the Revolutionary War and during the war. After the War of Independence and the first Great Awakening the Church in the USA has enjoyed unparalleled freedom and acceptance.
That is, until now.
Following the Jesus People Movement and the Charismatic Renewal, apathy began to seep into the churches and humanism quickly followed.
The pulpits of the 90’s and the first decade of the new millennium proclaimed self-help messages, pop psychology, and positive motivation. It was common to hear messages on good time management; victory over depression; and how to have a good self-image.
Sermons on godly living, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, repentance, and the fruit of the Spirit were scarcely heard.
Altar calls, prophetic words, tongues and interpretation of tongues and other gifts of the Holy Spirit became a thing of the past. New people in the church might not understand and may get offended.
The “seeker friendly church” had come full circle.
Church is no longer done to please God and to give full liberty to the Holy Spirit with the manifestation of God’s glory among His people. Church is done to make sinners comfortable; entertain the crowd and to show case the talents of a worship team and the charisma of the preacher.
How else can you explain using songs from the “Top 50” pop charts as people are entering and during the worship?
Why are the house lights turned down and spot lights put on the singers, musicians and preachers, making them the focus? Church is not being done as a gathering to seek God Most High. The focus is on man and pleasing man.
The Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, declared what would happen when the Church exchanged the fear of the Lord for the fear of man; when the Church sought to please man more than the pleasure of God and the presence of His glory.
“It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
That is exactly what has happened in the USA church. Our nation is no longer post-Christian. We have rapidly moved to anti-Christian.
Any faith other than Christianity is welcome for display in the public arena.
The public schools honor and celebrate the Muslim holidays. School children are taught Muslim prayers and even encouraged to wear Muslim dress on special days.
I have been in the classroom where students were required to learn the principles of Buddhism, Hinduism, and prayers and meditation of New Age Spiritism. However, it was forbidden to give equal time to Christianity, unless a child asked. Then the answer must be limited and given no display.
ISIS is not the only one removing every visage of Christianity.
The U.S. government did the same thing removing the display of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma City; demanding children not wear Christian T-shirts on school grounds; covering up the display of the display IHS (Jesus’ Name) when our President spoke at Georgetown University.
ISIS is not the only force martyring Christians.
The gunman in Roseburg, Oregon was doing the same. He asked each victim if they were a Christian. If the person said, “No” he shot them in the leg. If they said, “Yes” he shot them in the head.
I find it very telling that the mainstream press and the former President avoided giving emphasis to that point. The fault lies at the door of the Church. We have left a power vacuum.
In the Church’s passivity and compromise a great opportunity was granted to the forces of darkness. They have seized the moment.
The only appropriate response and effective course of action is for the Church to humble herself in deep repentance for being lukewarm, carnal and proud.
Enough with providing great entertainment and professional sound and light shows; it is time to seek the Lord of Host passionately and earnestly for the presence and the glory of God to fill His Church again.
Open the door wide to Holy Spirit. Wait on the Lord in prayer and intercession until He comes again with “the sound from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind” and the Church is baptized in the Holy Spirit and fire.
Then and only then will the Church turn our nation upside down and bring spiritual transformation to our cities.
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Agree, agree, agree! it amazes me how I’ve been suckered up in the different ungodly movements of this US dark church era, but now I’m not satisfied with the comfortable ways of having church. I have been wanting more of God. Yes, the Holy Spirit has been shunned by the church & she is paying dearly for it in her behavior, compromise & sleepiness. Thank you so much for writing this article. Thank you for explaining what has been going on and what to do about it for the church (each of us who are redeemed) as well as the Body as a whole.
I am ready to go to battle in prayer His Bride. Thank you again. This is sparking a flame in my life as I desire to please my Saviour more.
Thank you so much for your comment, Judy. I am encouraged to hear of the wonderful work God is doing in your life and of your passion to seek Him!
When the church became anti-christ (against the anointing), it opened the door for the nation to shift into the same mindset. The good news is, there is a powerful move of God happening where many people are getting saved, healed, and delivered across this nation!
God’s glory is returning to his temple, and the kingdom is advancing with force.
This is the power of the believer, when the church seeks God’s face and lives in the holiness she is called to.
Thank you for you message.God bless you !
God bless you, too!
This is a very true message for the churches in America. It’s time to wakeup, repent from these false teachings and run away from these false prosperity preachers. It’s time for a true revival, of people truly seeking The Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you for writing this article.
Yes – it is time for true revival! Thank you for your encouragement today!
Truth, uncomfortable truth. We, the Church, have much soul searching to do. Glad I stopped over from Purposeful Faith. Continued blessings on your ministry.
Thank you for stopping by. Yes – we do have much soul searching to do.