“¶ The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd.
My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”
(Ecclesiastes 12:11–12 ESV)
When I shut down the blog and took off running in the opposite direction, I didn’t want to just get away from the blog but from all “Christian” media period.
It’s as stale as the atmosphere inside an airplane and every bit as recycled.
Follow me out here…for example;
Sometime in the 60’s when John Piper was studying the Bible or reading Jonathan Edwards, God showed up and showed Piper something he hadn’t revealed to anyone lately.
Piper was set on fire by a vision of the glory of God and the majesty of Christ…and John has spent the rest of his life telling people about what he has seen in his spirit.
Unfortunately, a lot of those people just heard a cliche that was valuable to them and we had a spate of sermons and articles on “The Glory of God In…..” fill in the blank…sex, preaching, gardening, turkey basting…on and on.
They heard the words and missed the heart…blind to the vision, deaf to the revelation.
What they parroted was hearsay about God instead of waiting on God for His word to them.
Then we bought their books and downloaded their Mp3s and parroted the hearsay some more, then forgot what was said and changed not a whit.
This has happened with most good words from God…at least the ones that will sell.
I don’t need any more theology books, any more conferences, any more tips on how I can get better every day in every way if I just believe the right things and listen to the right people.
We’ve been told what we’re supposed to believe, what we’re supposed to think, what we’re supposed to feel to be right with God and that we’re to ignore those nagging voices that tell us that things ain’t really that simple.
We don’t need any more books, we need some prophets.
We need some men and women set on fire by God that burn themselves up in front of us with His words.
We need some people who have experienced something so clean, so clear, and so powerful that they care nothing for traditions, nationalism, or any man made boundaries that quench the power of the Spirit.
We need them to yell and thunder and scare the hell out of us…then press us to gaze at a bloody cross.
Truth be told, we all think these economic and social messes will clear up pretty soon and we’ll be able to live out our comfortable consumer faith in peace.
I think not.
Across the imaginary line we call a border all hell has broken loose, literally.
The people are terrified, the morgues are full, and the enemy of all good has established his rule.
He isn’t hampered by imaginary lines.
His minions are already here and the seeds that sowed chaos are already planted…the only thing that stands between us and a harvest for hell is the church moving in the power of the Holy Spirit.
We need some prophets…and people with ears to hear.
I went looking for some prophets and might have found some…but they are outside the camp and don’t know that the true and living God is putting words in their mouths.
They only can prophecy the problems, not the answer.
We need some prophets…or to go outside the camp.