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A few years ago a man by the name of Rob Bell pastored a mega-church and his influence in the church community was staggering. Young pastors hung on to every word he said, and read every book he authored. He really was one of the movers of postmodernism in the church world. Unfortunately, postmodernism will lead to heresy in the church every time.

Rob Bell left his church and eventually became a heretic. A few years ago, in an interview, he was asked when would the church world accept the homosexual lifestyle. Rob Bell made the following statement. “I think culture is already there and the church will continue to be even more irrelevant when it quotes letters from 2,000 years ago as their best defense, when you have in front of you flesh-and-blood people who are your brothers and sisters, and aunts and uncles, and co-workers and neighbors, and they love each other and just want to go through life with someone.”

My friends these 2,000 year old letters he is talking about is the Word of God. In other words, if the Bible is the best defense we can come up with, then we might as well throw in the towel. The postmodern church and pastors love to throw around this term “Irrelevant.” Today Rob Bell has been replaced by several postmodern superstars. Their influence on young and old ministers is tremendous. The postmodern superstars of today also are saying how irrelevant the church is that still believes in the Word of God.

Please understand this, to stand up for righteousness is not a hate crime, to proclaim that God’s Word is truth even in the twenty-first century is not being a bigot. Sin is still sin and God is still God and His Word is the only truth that we need; no matter what the world may say or what these postmodern superstars say. Scripture is still relevant!

Right now, today, what is needed more then anything else is for some of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th generation Pentecostals to experience the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Come Holy Spirit We Need You!

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In 1922, the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New York city, Harry Emerson Fosdick, proclaimed in a sermon, “Shall the Fundamentalists Win?” his serious doubts about most of the historic assertions of the Christian faith, including the virgin birth, the resurrection, the divinity of Christ, the atonement, miracles, and the Bible as the Word of God. In 1930, Dietrich Bonhoeffer arrived in New York to further his studies. What he found there was a very liberal church and a professor named Harry Emerson Fosdick, who was teaching at Union Theological Seminary.

Bonoeffer made the following observations,
“The Union students talk a blue streak without the slightest substantive foundation and with no evidence of any criteria . . . They are unfamiliar with even the most basic questions. They become intoxicated with liberal and humanistic phrases, laugh at the fundamentalists, and yet basically are not even up to their level.”

“In New York they preach about virtually everything; only one thing is not addressed, or is addressed so rarely that I have as yet been unable to hear it, namely, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the cross, sin and forgiveness, death and life.”

The Assemblies of God was birthed out of this atmosphere of liberalism as a Pentecostal church, fully committed to the inherent Word of God and the power of the Holy Spirit to change lives. The Assemblies of God went on to see a mighty revival sweep the land and turn the tide.

Unfortunately, it seems history has come full circle and this time around it is our Seminaries and churches that are enveloping the postmodern mind-set of liberal thinking. It is the postmodern AG pastor that is laughing at the doctrines of the church and those who still believe in them. It is the educated elite who hold their noses up at anyone who would dare to question their thinking.

I know this will not set well with those who have embraced the postmodern message and its liberal leanings, but it is time we returned to God’s Holy Word and proclaim the absolute truth of Jesus Christ. It is time that we stop trying to touch the world by being the world, but be indwelled and empowered by the Holy Spirit and then go out into the world and be the people of God. That will do more for the kingdom of God, then looking and acting like the world. Stop supporting Assembly of God schools who no longer believe in the inherent Word of God. Stop sending your young people to Assembly of God schools who promote liberal thinking and send them to Pentecostal schools, where they will be taught the full counsel of God’s Word and experience the presence of God.

Lord send revival our way again. Come Holy Spirit We Need You!

2 Timothy 4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word, be ready in season and out of season, reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with all patience and teaching. 3 For the time will come when people will not endure sound doctrine, but they will gather to themselves teachers in accordance with their own desires, having itching ears, 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth and turn to myths. 5 But be self-controlled in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, and prove your ministry.
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There is a new book out called iGen by Jean M. Twenge. It is a fascinating read, with some very interesting insights to the “I” Generation; those born between 1995-2012. By the way, the internet was born in 1995 as well, meaning that the iGen’ers have never known a time without the internet. I will not go into all the things she brings out about this generation, but one of the things that jumps out at me is just how lonely they are, even though they have all these “I” devices. In her chapter on religion she makes the following statement.

“Religion will survive, but it will be a flexible, open, equal religion that gives people a sense of belonging and meaning and that reaches less than half of Americans. It is unclear where iGen’ers will find community interaction to replace religion. Perhaps they won’t find it at all, content to rely on their social media network, with deleterious impacts on their mental health. Or perhaps iGen’ers will affiliate with others who share their interests rather than building community through religion. Either way, the structure of American community will fundamentally change.”

The call for change in the church has been around through the Genx’ers and the millennials, so I am not surprised by the call for change. Also, the call to compromise the message has been around for many years as well. Although I am not surprised by the call for change, I am disappointed that church leaders continue to tell the church to change or be left behind. This change does not lead to transformed lives, it leads to heresy and so for over twenty years the Word of God has been compromised under the banner of reaching the next generation, doctrine has been laughed at as being out-of-date, biblical principles are seen as a barrier to progress, being Pentecostal is seen as offensive and in many church services the Holy Spirit has been escorted out of the building. What are the results? A postmodern church that is completely void of the miracle working power of the Holy Spirit.

I heard a briefing a few years ago where it was identified that the church has not shown significant growth in over fifteen years. The speaker detailed how the answer to overcome that was to plant more churches. I wanted to stand and shout, “How about giving the Holy Spirit a try!”

We will never change enough to accommodate what every generation demands be changed in order to satisfy them. Our only hope and the only hope for the church, in the coming years, is to welcome the Holy Spirit back into our churches and submit to His will for our lives. “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” (Rev. 3:20 & 22 MEV)

Come Holy Spirit We Need Thee!