The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:22-23 ESV)
We are living in an time of widespread apostasy in the Church of Jesus Christ. Many of us have fallen away from actually living the life of discipleship in our private lives. We have been transformed into the image of the world, instead of growing in the likeness of Christ. Even those of us, that have spoke out against the “prosperity gospel” of the west, live as undisciplined consumers, for the most part.
I feel that God is issuing a wake up call to the Church through this presidential election, in the United States. The leaders of Christian demonstrations, and movements, that still believe in the authority of Scripture, and the Lordship of Christ, should call for repentance and unity in the Church. Our love and unity is the greatest evangelistic strategy, to reach a lost and dying world.
If you are a part of the Reformed, Orthodox, or mainline Evangelical Church that values the authority and inspiration of Scripture, you need to reach out to the Pentecost/Charismatic believer down the street from you. They too have a high view of Scripture, even if we might disagree on some secondary doctrines, that don’t pertain to salvation.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. (Ephesians 6:12-13 ESV)
It’s time to wake up and see the real enemy in our society, it’s Satan and his evil hierarchy, in the unseen realm. These demonic beings are causing division in the Church, and creating chaos and causing havoc in society. The Church that lives in unity, will be an overcoming Church, and be able to stand against darkness. But first we must allow God to remove the darkness from us.
As my friend D. G. Spillman wrote to me recently, “There is an inner health and beauty that comes from the cross-pollination of spirit-based perspectives among those sold out to the Lord. I say, find as many sources as you can from hearts you trust, because we all, like brother Paul, are working out our own salvation with fear and trembling . . .”