WHERE ARE THE WARRIORS? In addition to a severe lack of faith in God, there is a world-wide dearth of the truth. Never before, have I seen such absolute apathy, pure perversion, and wanton wimpiness. Doesn't anyone read the Word of God anymore? Don't you know that Jesus LIVES? Are you not aware that we are in the throes of spiritual warfare, and God needs WARRIORS?!?!? Since when do WOMEN lead the congregations, and what has happened to our MEN? Is anybody out there who still knows how to put on the whole armor of God, take up arms, swagger into the battle, and put the enemy to flight? How much leaven are you going to swallow? Lord, HELP US! We have fake healers, imitating the miracles of God for filthy lucre - fake "Super Apostolic Ministries" (and I use the term loosely) sucking people into their congregations with promises of privileged revelations - "gold dust" falling in "church" services - "gemstones" falling from the sky - "disappearing diamonds" - "gateways" (those are DEMON portals) - "gold" teeth being put in people's mouths - and doctrines of devils. Wake up, CHURCH! You are asleep in the light! Then, we have
"The Purpose Driven Life"
"The Prayer of Jabez"
"The Praying Everything"
"Boundaries in Marriage"
...and all swallowed hook, line and sinker by the Body of Christ, and passed around, discussed, taught on, and promoted as though they were another gospel! I am here to declare that the Church is WAY OFF COURSE, driven by every wind of doctrine, and not very effective against the enemy. Ever since the NIV gained preeminence in the Bible industry, I have seen more and more watered-down, milk-toast preaching (not where I fellowship), and more self-centered, self-promoting, self-protecting, selfish people leading congregations right down the path to destruction. If God intended for His people to spend their precious time:
discovering their "ministry" and gifts
retracing their past for inner healing
fixing everything wrong with everyone else
looking "inward" to discover our "higher consciousness"
examining our "belly buttons" (which is what it amounts to)
...then, why didn't Jesus teach us that by His example?
There was a time, not in our lifetime, when people unashamedly stood up for the truth. WHERE are the warriors? It is my contention that my generation, and the younger generation, have been lulled to sleep by "The Inevitability of Gradualness" principle. The phenomenon is implemented thusly... Try this on yourself - it will best illustrate its effectiveness:
Lightly grasp a bit of skin underneath your arm, with your thumb and index finger.
Now, slowly squeeze - applying steady, even pressure, until the thumb and finger almost meet together.
Hold that pressure for a few seconds.
Slowly release the pressure, and let go of the skin.
Now, quickly apply the same amount of pressure, as fast as you can.
Hurts, doesn't it? Another example that women who had have children will relate to:
Contractions start out slow and easy and gentle - some so
gentle as to not be felt.
As labor progresses, the intensity and duration increase to an incredible level.
Right before the baby is born, there is an incredibly strong, sudden increase in pressure.
Generally, shortly thereafter, the baby is born, in a tremendous
release of pressure.
If the hardest contractions were felt immediately, at the onset
of labor, it would appear to be almost unbearable - but they creep up gradually.
Little by little, our nation has been subjected to more and more lies, more and more control, and more and more decadence. The Inevitability of Gradualness concept has been implemented slowly, subtly and skillfully, so that attitudes and behavior that would have once been abhorrently unacceptable, are the norm in our society today. In the 21st century, we have and TOLERATE:
NAMBLA, the North American Boy Love Association - God help us!
homosexuals who flaunt their behavior
lesbians who fiercely proselytize
churches - and the term is loosely applied - like MCC, the Metropolitan Community Church, that cater to the homosexual/lesbian/bisexual element
television programming that would have been considered pornographic not that many years ago
rampant role reversal, so that our children hardly know what is expected of a man or woman, or how to relate in their upcoming relationships.
HOW DID WE ARRIVE AT THIS STATE OF AFFAIRS?
Very simply - because the warriors have left the battle, and run home to be COMFORTABLE, COZY, and COMPLACENT. Shame on those of you who call yourselves Christians, who refuse to challenge the "status quo"!
A WARRIOR ENTERS THE BATTLE, TRAINED, EQUIPPED, AND FULLY EXPECTING BLOWS. WIMPS COWER AND CRINGE, SECURE IN THEIR COMFORT ZONE. WARRIORS win battles - WIMPS bask undeservedly in the outcome.