“How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?” Proverbs 6:9, NASU
Did the Lord just turn up the heat to get some of His people off the church pew, if they were still sitting there and not at home from years gone by?
Is our Lord waking up the sleeping giant?
If you have been on Facebook this past month, or any other social media, national and international news websites (forgetting about the talking heads on the TV tube more and more, who give 40 minutes of opinion and 5 minutes of news, with the rest of the hour taken up in paid advertising time), then you know the level and warmth of the rising water is heating up.
Take a look at this post I shared on my Facebook page on Monday, March 30, 2020 at 4:38 pm. I tried copying each and every response, but that would have taken up a lot more of this message white space than you or I would like to see, let alone read.
The large amounts of postings which followed the mug shot of Rodney Howard-Browne – posted on Christian websites – the revivalist pastor who brought to the sleeping church worldwide laughter and fire, starting in the 1990s (who even prior to “The Toronto Blessing, a term coined by British newspapers, refers to the Christian revival and associated phenomena that began in January 1994 at the Toronto Airport Vineyard church, which was renamed in 1996 to Toronto Airport Christian Fellowship and then later in 2010 renamed to Catch the Fire Toronto. Wikipedia) also brought a new spark of fire.
Yes, it looks like this pandemic coronavirus, COVID-19, which has brought fear and panic among many populous states in the USA and nations of the world, has lit a fire under the cold seats of the wooden pews and padded folding chairs of the churches.
Look at the following: the mug shot, my post, and the multitude of other comments (80 at this time of writing) that came forth.
James Laura Bolen Not shame on the pastor. I commend him for standing up for his faith and not being a frightened sheeple. Where are people’s faith?? Shame on the government for doing that. People have bowed to the government even when the government tells you to defy God. I bet thousands would throw away their Bibles if the governors ordered it. Not enough Joshuas and Calebs these days. – L
Nita Brown Shame on the government for restricting freedom of religion and exercising faith that God can and will protect His people when they PEACEFULLY ASSEMBLE to worship him. This is an outrage and I hope Pastor Brown sues the ever-loving heck outta them and wins!!!!!!!!!
Rachel Anders What a joke! People are dying due to this virus but let’s sing the praises of a mad man for “standing up for his beliefs” even Jesus respected the authority of the government
Richard Scholtz They should charge him with negligent homicide if any of “his congregants die” — as much stupidity as the snake-handling stunt. 🤔🤔🤔 Another Jim Jones wannabe who will be sued by the survivors ….so much for his $$
Robert Arthur McDuffie I read the statement made by Liberty Counsel who is representing this pastor. They met responsibly and abiding by all the guidelines and more. The truth is it would be safer to go to their church than your local Wal-Mart.
Kathy McPherson My question is in regard to the difference(s) between it being a business vs a place of worship…The law still permits worshiping God, it only states no more than 10 people and suggest those people be essential for, as an example, for running the appr…See More
Warren Marcus Christians break the law when they smuggle bibles into other countries or preach the gospel in hostile lands. The early church preached the gospel even though the Romans were hostile to it. Paul was imprisoned by Rome fir preaching the gospel but continued to do so even as a prisoner
Steve Martin Great to see some energy coming forth from the believing community. Maybe this is what the Lord wants all along – to wake us all up and get on with His plans and purposes – getting the Gospel out, being lights in a dark and dying world. I say let’s do this.
Is the Lord above, knowing that the time is now for His church, His Body of Christ, get a fire lit under them so that He can wake the sleeping giant? Is His Father God letting us know that we don’t have decades left to get the job done, which He sent the Holy Spirit to equip and prepare us for these end times, to bring as many to salvation in His Name as would?
I think so. And I say again, which I posted on the same above, “Great to see some energy coming forth from the believing community. Maybe this is what the Lord wants all along – to wake us all up and get on with His plans and purposes – getting the Gospel out, being lights in a dark and dying world. I say let’s do this.”
And as a final thought…it won’t surprise me that sooner, if not later, this whole thing will be blamed on the Jews, as has so often happened and recorded in the history books of mankind, beginning with the Bible itself. (We just celebrated Purim – Queen Esther, Mordecahi and the evil Haman.) And when that happens, we pray that these same believers, who have caught the fire, will be there to assist our friends the Jews in making aliyah to their homeland, Israel.
Now think on this.
Ahava and shalom,
Steve Martin, Founder/President Love For His People, Inc.
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