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Reflection

GOD’S DESIRE TO SMASH THE RELIGIOUS SPIRIT IN HIS CHURCH
1st September 2022

“But know this: Hard times will come in the last days. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, proud, demeaning, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, without love for what is good, traitors, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to the form of godliness but denying its power. Avoid these people.” - 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (CSB)

In recent days I have become aware of a Pentecostal minister who died a few weeks ago. Cause of death, unknown publicly. I suspect – drunkenness and depression. About 18 months or so ago this man had separated from his wife of 26 years, stated that God told him that drinking alcohol and getting drunk was perfectly fine with God, and in recent times had a charge of theft where he was released after paying a bond of $20,000 (USD).

In the Illawarra where I live, I have heard of similar accounts of Pentecostal ministers in times gone that have been drunkards, committed adultery, cussed like there was no tomorrow, and simply looked no different from the secular world, if anything they were worse than many “unsaved” people. Additionally, I am aware of a local practicing Christian Minister that has been through 2 divorces and still believes that God has called him to lead God’s people.

Then on the flip side of this, I see Christian minister’s that will have nothing to do with the Holy Spirit because they can’t control Him, or they ridicule the Pentecostal church for being arrogant and morally loose, or then there’s the other, an Evangelical minister who holds that God has ordained same-sex marriage, that we need to move with modern times, that we are all made in God's image, and that God called them to preach, even though sexual immorality is not acceptable in the eyes of God, and God cannot lie!

THE PROBLEM WITH ALL OF THIS CHURCH LEADERSHIP HYPOCRISY - THERE IS NO ACCOUNTABILITY TO MAN, LET ALONE GOD.

So, we read from the above verses found in the Second book of Timothy, Chapter Three in the New Testament, that God’s church or people will live in hard, grievous, and terrible times of compromised morality as we draw closer to the end of days. Notably, these difficult times aren’t necessarily outside of the church of God, they are actually found right in the middle of it!

I AM CONVINCED - GOD WANTS TO CLEAN UP HIS CHURCH IN ORDER FOR IT TO CLEAN UP THE WORLD.

God wants to smash the religious spirit or religion out of His church.

A form of godliness has perilously overtaken much of the Australian and global church.

I see though that God is convicting ministers and Christians like me that we desperately need a move of Holy Spirit fire within the church. YES, FIRE!

The Christian church needs Holy Spirit fire to go through it to consume all of the mess that is inside of it.

As Hebrews 12:14 simply tells us – WE WILL NOT SEE GOD WITHOUT HOLINESS.

Holiness, accountability, discipline, correction, and maturity are long called for and required in the Christian church in all denominations – Roman Catholic, Evangelical, Charismatic, and Pentecostal.

The Christian church must recognise that we need the Holy Spirit like never before. God wants to move by His Spirit like never before with His breath of holiness.

“On the last and most important day of the festival, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. The one who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, will have streams of living water flow from deep within him.”  -- John 7:37-38 (CSB)

I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT HOW I LONG FOR STREAMS OF LIVING WATER TO FLOW FROM DEEP WITHIN ME AND DEEP WITHIN GOD’S CHURCH - I BELIEVE THAT GOD IS ON A HOLINESS MOVE. HALLELUJAH!

Selah (Pause and Reflect)

Tim Banfield
Senior Minister
Destiny Alive Church - Illawarra