Night-Whisper | ACTION
Job 14:7-9 NKJV
“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease. Though its root may grow old in the earth, And its stump may die in the ground, Yet at the scent of water it will bud And bring forth branches like a plant.
Contrary to the thoughts and prayers and desires of many good people, I do not believe God will revive the church in the West. Frankly, there is nothing left to revive in much of it and worse than that, I do believe the Lord of the church is projectile vomiting the majority of it out of his mouth. Have you noticed how empty church buildings, and there are many in the UK, all look like a pile of pavement vomit, wretched from a high heeled ‘ladette’ after a Saturday night binge and cold comfort curry?
Some bright eyed professional middle-class brother (they are always middle class) accosted me yet again just the other day regarding my millennial position asking, “Are you pre-millennial? That would account for your pessimism regarding the influence of the church in this present age?” My response was to simply to ask him, “Are you on heavy anti-depressant medication?” Forgive me brethren, but if you are ‘Post-mill’ or ‘A-mill’ in your millennial position nowadays, not only do I believe your theological conclusions are hermeneutically and historically incorrect, but I think you need psychological counselling! Now I have offended a large number of you, my medical instructions are even so, by the by. You see, the real purpose of this particular Night Whisper is to point out the greatly positive aspect of my historical pre-millennial, and present non-revival position. In brief, I want to tell you that I have a growing hope for the immediate future. Why?
Personally, I dislike the Biblical term ‘remnant.’ For me, in its present Christian cultural usage I find it far to exclusive. It may be a matter of simple semantics, but I much prefer the unusual phrase of ‘Holy stump!’ The picture of a tree stump, fully rooted, flowering and fruited gets me so excited that I can let the present expressions of church drown in the vomit of her Lord. I can let the closures come, let the buildings be turned into pubs. Let Mosques occupy what were long time ago now, places of true worship to the one and only Triune God. I can do this because I see Christ is judging the church. THEREFORE, LET THE FIRE FALL! Let the branch loping begin. Let the leaf burning make our eyes water and the crackle of dry twigs fill our ears. Let the ground clearance be brought to a speedy conclusion and in it all, let only a holy stump remain. Bring in the bulldozers Lord and let no tears be seen to fall. Yes, let there be no mourning for the dead, for the judgment of the Lord is right, the judgment of the Lord is good, the judgment of the Lord is altogether necessary. When the morning comes, in the clearance of the misty grey, let us see the Holy stump. Solitary, firm, immovable, flowering, fruitful, rooted, ready and waiting. This my friends, is what I am looking for, and I do not think we shall find it in the present expression of the Western church.
Indeed, should God move in a most gracious and unprecedented way in our nations, my deep suspicion is that it will be outside of our present infiltrated and corrupt church systems.
These messy and sticky old fungus filled wine skins could never hold the New Wine of God. Therefore, not only do we need to look and pray for a ‘move’ of God outside of the church structures, but the Holy people of God need to leave the corrupted structures and preach the Word in the deeps. I believe when we do this, we shall need other Holy partners to help us pull in the catch. If this is the case my friend, why are you manning dead men’s boats? No wonder you have fished all night and caught absolutely nothing. You have been part of the crew of the Marie Celeste, the Baychimo, the Octavius, or of the Flying Dutchman, or even the Titanic. Can these ships of the line ever be repaired. No. Leave them alone. Indeed, one great sign of their abandonment by God is this, that they only contain rats, willful women and abandoned children. I hope that most terrible picture makes you think a little deeper and act a lot more decisively.
To remain sane, to remain hopeful, to remain energized, is to leave the rotten hulls of the past, get in some new boats and go and fish in the regions beyond you. Yes, I see it now, it is “Those who go down to the sea in ships, who do business on great waters, they see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.” (Psalms 107:23-24 NKJV.)
Listen: Then He got into one of the boats, which was Simon’s, and asked him to put out a little from the land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.” But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!” For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land, they forsook all and followed Him. (Luke 5:3-11 NKJV)
Pray: Deliver us O God our Father, from the prison hulls of our own choosing, from the wrecks of our own making, from the cold rocks and breaking waves of Your own destructive and righteous. Lord Jesus, these terrible calamities have been whistled downed the wind by your own sweet lips. Thank you. Now Lord send some men of war, some bright flagged salts from afar to come and pick up the survivors. Then together let us push out into the deeps to see once again ‘The Wonders of the Lord.’ Amen and let it be so.