what do you think of this?
From: Kurt Stratton [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Fri 6/23/2006 7:27 AM
Subject: KURT’S DAILY MUSE: Last Days Spirit
Please forgive me for being harsh, but I’m not your pastor. I don’t have to worry about church attendance, and you don’t pay my salary (and you can hit “delete” right now) – so I can be as honest as the Lord allows. The biggest mistake the Church is making today, is to believe we are no longer living in the days of miracles, healings, deliverances, signs and wonders. We have diluted the Word, hobbled the Spirit, nodded at the Father, and played with the devil. I rarely hear about “resurrection life” from our pulpits. Folks talk more about “God blessing me” than the anointing of the Spirit, for ministry to Him. Even our worship songs are confusing and me-focused (“I’m desperate for you”), whereas the hymns upon which the Church grew, were all about God (“Great is Thy Faithfulness,” “How Great Thou Art,” etc.).
But the good news is that in the last days, there will come a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon hungry hearts. All churches and faith groups will be touched. People will no longer ask what denomination you belong to, but if you have received “The Holy Spirit.” The religious
“frozen chosen” among us will chalk it off to emotionalism, hysteria, and cultism. Many large churches will keep on preaching “God-in-a-box” without ever letting the Holy Spirit have His way. But others will re-live the Book of Acts, and the promise of Joel 2:28! Our sons and our daughters will find a new love in Christ, a new tongue in which to praise God, and a new zeal
for His House of prayer! Azusa Street and Pensacola were just the beginning. No pastor will have to chide his people for not witnessing, or not giving, or not being compassionate. There will be a global sweeping of God’s Spirit over all peoples. Many will run into the kingdom and discover the power of the blood of Jesus over sin, sickness and Satan. Janitors, maids and ditch diggers will pray the “prayer of faith” over the sick, and they will be healed.
And right when the whole world has heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ…suddenly, the Church, the Bride of Christ, will be gone…vanished! There will be international chaos, and talking heads will try to explain what happened. CNN will dispatch reporters around the world. Aliens will
be blamed for abducting millions. But the weeping of families left behind will be heard in the streets, as they realize that it was all true – that Jesus Christ, the Messiah, died for our sins, rose from the dead, and returned for His Church…just as He promised (Jn. 14:3).
“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (I Thess. 4:16-18). “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last” (Rev. 22:12,13).
And this e-preacher, for one, says, “Even so come, Lord Jesus!”
For me this begs the question “why is God currently holding back His Spirit?”
I mean, unless God is keeping something from us, why wouldn’t we all be acting like this to begin with? It seems as though Kurt is making the argument that that kind of behaviour is what God really wants from us. I agree with him that if the time for signs and wonders is still today then the thing that is holding it back is unbelief, but wasn’t signs and wonders only an accompaniment to Jesus speaking of the truth? He did those signs so “we may believe” he is who he says he is, and I guess it could follow that we too can do all those things to prove we are who we say we are. Maybe if we really believed that we are like Christ in all respects we would be healing the sick, but let’s not confuse the secondary as the primary.
Isn’t the most important thing that Church is confused on, meaning people in general, meaning myself, is how to love? I think if I really understood what it means to love everyone more than myself or at least as myself then I woudn’t need signs and wonders to accompany my words of truth, my love-giving itself would be more than enough a sign and wonder, because it isn’t consistant with mass humanity and society which says get everything you can for yourself.
The most revolutionary thing Christ ever did was to love those no one did, that is what set him apart. If you really think about it, Jesus wasn’t the first to do signs and wonders.