I made this comment on Facebook, yesterday, to some former church leaders, but it seemed like nobody wanted to hear it. I don’t know if I ever will understand how a person can be called divisive while pushing for unity? But this isn’t the first time.
Why is reconciliation, the key to revival (see links below) a taboo subject?
I’m going to start calling it the ‘R-word.’
This following real-history, video is what happens when people get right with each other, but WHEN IS THE LAST TIME ANYONE HAS HEARD a sermon that Christians need to get right with each other — reconciliation? It’s like it’s a taboo subject — because hardly any leaders, themselves are willing to get right with everyone. But reconciliation with each other is essential for ‘ONE’ to happen.
This can happen, and should happen in Anchorage. Reconciliation is the biggest key to revival, because there is still blood on the pews….
I also said:
I also believe that many Christians need to not only confess their sins to God, but they also need to get right with those they’ve hurt, lied to — in order to be right with God. They can’t just say “heh, heh, heh, and slap the person on the back,” and then be actually right with that person and God. Only when we are right with each other can we worship in Spirit and in truth (Mt. 5:23-25).
[“If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way; lest perhaps the prosecutor deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.]
And perhaps that is one of the reasons certain people here don’t even want to meet together and worship. Perhaps it’s better to ‘cold’ than to be ‘lukewarm,’ acting like everything is okay when it is not. But both are going to hell if they don’t repent.
It’s amazing at how many willfully sinful people raise their hands during worship services but are not right with even people in the same room.
And only then can healings regularly happen too. James 5:
“13 Is any among you suffering? Let him pray. Is any cheerful? Let him SING PRAISES. 14 Is any among you sick? Let him CALL FOR THE ELDERS OF THE ASSEMBLY, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord, 15 and the prayer of faith WILL HEAL HIM who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 CONFESS YOUR OFFENSES TO ONE ANOTHER, and PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, that you may be healed. The insistent prayer of a righteous person is powerfully effective.
We can only worship in Spirit and in truth when our consciences don’t condemn us, saying we need to get right with someone, first.
Let us be free!
Pray for each other until ‘ONE’ happens — until God’s glory fills us with so much joy (John 15) that the world will know (John 17) !!!
The Welsh Revival of 1904-05 by J. Edwin Orr: A Countrywide Asbury-like REVIVAL! The 4 Points: #1 Confess any known sin, and put any wrong done to man right again. #2 Put away any doubtful habit. #3 Obey the Spirit promptly. #4 Confess your faith publicly.
Can ‘Christians’ use Paul’s “Forgetting the things which are behind…I press on” statement as an excuse to not get right with those they’ve hurt? Paul also said: “I also practice ALWAYS having a conscience void of offense toward God and men.” What if you don’t repent? And what will happen when you do? The Third Great Awakening can start with us!!! We can all be happy — ‘ONE’!
The Achan Factor — Because of one man’s disobedience the entire nation of Israel had to deal with the “Achan factor” among them before they could come under the umbrella of Almighty God’s blessings once again!
If we build it He will come: “Let Us Be ONE” (A Prophecy)