“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –
It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer
I am currently reviewing and commenting on 95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised” by Greg Gordon. The following discusses pastors and prophets.
God’s prophets are ill treated and shunned by most evangelicals and considered too extreme or harsh.
Jeremiah 6:10 To whom can I speak and give warning? Who will listen to me? Their ears are closed[a] so they cannot hear. The word of the Lord is offensive to them; they find no pleasure in it.
Isaiah 6:9-10 He said, “Go and tell this people: “‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes.[a] Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
Galatians 4:16 Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth?
Since I know of no prophets myself, I cannot comment much on this. However, as I mentioned earlier, I understand exactly how this feels. Unfortunately, others have described me as extreme, critical and harsh on numerous occasions.
An astonishing and horrible thing has been committed in the land: The prophets prophesy falsely, And the priests rule by their own power; And my people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end?
Matthew 24:4,11-12 Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.” and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12 Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”
Jude 8 In the very same way, on the strength of their dreams these ungodly people pollute their own bodies, reject authority and heap abuse on celestial beings.
The Matthew passage above really makes me worry. So many churches lead their people in wrong direction (even if most of their doctrine is correct), and the Bible has plenty of warning about those who do things in the name of Jesus, but do not truly know or follow Him. We should seek God with all of our heart, and not rely on the Sunday service to show us the true way to faith in Christ.
By His Grace,