mikehill4jesus “Evangelising Spiritually Unconverted Christian Leaders – John 14:24”
10th August 2016 (13.16) My .mp3 Thought for Today Audio
The toughest mission field is that place where the unsaved people call Jesus, Lord.
Simply because they are False Christians and do not have the Holy Spirit of God that comes when you prove your love for the Lord Jesus by obeying him. By obeying his teachings, both He and His Father come and make their home with you. And that is proven by the presence of the Holy Spirit of God. When you meet a Christian who does not love the Lord Jesus and thus wont obey His teachings, you find a person who does not have this union with God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They are NOT members of Christ’s Body. Yet they believe they are saved from Hell.
It’s a tough task to convince them they are lost souls in need of salvation.
This is what the Lord Jesus says: John 14:
The saved: 23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.
The lost: 24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching.
Who says so? These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.”
Myself and Others who are also in the Spiritual Body of Christ [John 14:23], are being motivated by the Holy Spirit to spiritually gather for the coming visits of the Powerful Lord Jesus. The Spiritual Warfare will be intense but the LORD GOD will be fighting at our head.
The Holy Spirit will become visible to all who have incurred God’s wrath [John 14:24], that they will shake in terror and repent. No longer to live out their self-delusion and lies but to grasp the SOUL SAVING GOSPEL with all their being before they are destroyed.
All people are in one or other of these two verses, for there is no Neutral Position – You are for the LORD JESUS or you are against HIM.
Charles G. Finney taught in 1850 – so this is not a new theory.
When the Lord Jesus Christ is visiting an area through the working of the Holy Spirit in a Messenger who is in the Body of Christ. It implies that there is much that is wrong, and that there is therefore much need for a reformation, this is always implied in a reformation of religion.
In the first place some are stirred up to see that such things are needed; they look and seek for a reformation and after a time the Lord suddenly comes. “But who shall abide the day of his coming”? What is his object in coming? what will he say? what will he do? “He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver that they may offer to the Lord an offering in righteousness.” Of course then whenever a revival is needed, this may be expected that when Christ comes there will first be a tremendous searching among the people. When he did come what did he do? “Think not,” he says, “I am come to bring peace on earth, but a sword; for I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.” What did he do? Why he began at the fundamental difficulty; he began by upturning the foundations of their hopes, all their self-righteous expectations. He brought to bear upon them a searching ministry.
Observe, by his searching ministry, he threw them into the utmost distress, and agony of mind; he revealed to them the spirituality of God’s law–of the whole Bible as it then existed; and brought so much truth to bear upon them as to search them out. Now this is what he always does: this is his first work. He must try the metal to see what dross there is in it: he must see what chaff there is with the wheat, and then fan it away. He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver and gold: he must put them into the fiery furnace, by bringing truth to bear upon them in such a manner, as to purge the dross from the pure gold. But let me say again: in such processes as this, it will very generally be found that certain classes of persons are peculiarly affected. We find in the present case, that Christ took in hand chiefly the Pharisees, the leaders of the church, and in a most unsparing manner searched and tried them; reproved their errors; contradicted them, and turned their false teaching completely upside down. To be sure this greatly offended them; very greatly tried them. But it is easy to see that this must have been the first work with him, for he came to purify the Jewish Church, and he must do this, by teaching them their errors and misconceptions–their errors of doctrine and their misconceptions of the law of God. Now what he did then, he always does with all churches and all people, when he comes to revive his work; whatever errors and misconceptions they may be labouring under he must set himself to correct. If he find them with superficial views of the spirituality of God’s law, he must correct them: if they have superficial views of the depravity of the human heart, they must be corrected–if they have Antinomian views on the one hand, or legal self-righteous views on the other, they must be corrected. He must cast light on all the dark places, search the nooks and corners; and dispel all errors by the powerful light of truth: this must always be the case. And here let me say, that it is almost always true, that when the church or religion wants reviving in any community, much of the difficulty lies–when perhaps people are little aware of it–in their having settled down into some false conception of things, and mistaken their own spiritual state, and have thus betaken themselves, to various forms of error, more or less serious and fatal; so that after all they are not in that state in which Christ wishes them to be, but yet persuade themselves, that they are in a state which is acceptable to God.
The Lord Jesus said in Revelation 3:19 ‘Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.’
To evangelise spiritually unconverted Christian Leaders is something that only the Lord Jesus can do. It’s a work of the Holy Spirit of God. The Messenger can only follow the desire of the Holy Spirit. In a “HARD PLACE” it can take some time and effort and still not succeed. This is not the Messengers fault, though he/she may at times think it is. Here in Birmingham, England, that has often been the case and the Messenger has to be spiritually revived.
The Gospel of Jesus has to be fully understood and responded to. For the unconverted Christian Leader it’s a hard thing to accept and many run away to another place or simply sit it out in misery and despair as the Devil has a firm hold on them for several decades.
2 Thessalonians 2:11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
The Messenger has not left the area, so there is still hope for those who respond to the Lord’s discipline.
This Religion called “Christianity” [Churchianity?] is a problem to many people.
See more about this on my mikehill4jesus Blog
The Gospel of Jesus that many Christian Leaders need to use.
Mike Hill’s Testimony – Living with God and Defeating the Devil that Christian Leaders refuse to discuss with me.
My Tribute to the Rev Ken and Jean Newton, once of Wholeness Ministries International in Southport, Nr Brisbane, Australia.