I put the article referenced below out here on Apprising Ministries back during the now long since forgotten Ted Haggard scandal. Does anyone still remember that? Does anyone even remember how the blogosphere was full of calls for a new reformation? Yes, it all sounded so righteous. However, I seriously doubt many of those calling for it have even the remotest idea about what this would cost some of us. Seriously; stop for a moment and try to imagine Jesus attempting to raise up even a couple of Martin Luther’s today.

“Behold, I have made your face as hard as their faces and your forehead as hard as their foreheads. Like emery harder than flint I have made your forehead. Do not be afraid of them or be dismayed before them, though they are a rebellious house.” (Ezekiel 3:8-9, NASB)

There Is No Such Thing As A War Without Casualites

Can’t you hear it? O how whining would be incessant: No, you mustn’t say those things Martin. God just wants us to love one another. Brother Luther, we need to put aside our differences and work together to bring about God’s hopes and dreams for this world. We need to continue to dialogue with all the other religions around us and learn from them how to find God in the Other. Perish the thought! Better yet, I say back to Hell with it!

And so I place the link to this article The Fear of God Reveals Love. Men and women, if you don’t understand what I am talking about within it, then you won’t be able to see the root rot in this man-loving semi-pelagian new evangelical pseudo-Christianity now passing itself off as the Body of Christ. They don’t really love Jesus because I see no fear of God in their eyes. And I for one want the entire world to know that I will have no part of it!

This latest religion of the self (see–2 Timothy 3:2) as perpetrated upon us by our current new evangelical “popes” and spiritual terrorists like Rick Warren and Erwin McManus and Brian McLaren and Rob Bell, which is rapidly metastasizing as spiritual cancer throughout the entire American Christian Church, is absolutely just as laden with man-made traditions as the religion Jesus condemned in His day. Is there really a call for a new reformation? Then you may consider this my own “theses.”

And so here I stand; God help me…I could have done no other. The time has now arrived for the real Christians to finally wake up and smell the stench of dead and rotting flesh. I covered the following further in my piece So You Wanna Be A Soldier of Christ Jesus. Years ago A.W. Tozer wrote:

Great industrial concerns have in their employ men who are needed only when there is a breakdown somewhere. When something goes wrong with the machinery, these men spring into action to locate and remove the trouble and get the machinery rolling again. For these men a smoothly operating system has no interest. They are specialists concerned with trouble and how to find and correct it.

In the Kingdom of God things are not too different. God had always had His specialists whose chief concern has been the moral breakdown, the decline in the spiritual health of the nation or the church. Such men were Elijah, Jeremiah, Malachi and others of their kind who appeared at critical moments in history to reprove, rebuke, and exhort in the name of God and righteousness.

A thousand or ten thousand ordinary Old Testament priests or New Testament pastors and teachers could labor quietly on almost unnoticed while the spiritual life of Israel or the Church was normal. But let the people of God go astray from the paths of truth and immediately the specialist appeared almost out of nowhere. His instinct for trouble brought him to the help of the Lord and of Israel.

Such a man was likely to be drastic, radical, possibly at times violent, and the curious crowd that gathered to watch him work soon branded him as extreme, fanatical, negative. And in a sense they were right. He was single-minded, severe, fearless, and these were the qualities the circumstances demanded. He shocked some, frightened others and alienated not a few, but he knew Who had called him and what he was sent to do. His ministry was geared to the emergency, and that fact marked him out as different, a man apart…

[T]he religious specialist,…sent from God [is] not to carry on the conventional work of the Church, but to beard the priests of Baal on their own mountaintop, to shame the careless priest at the altar, to face the false prophet and warn the people who are being led astray by him.

Such a man as this is not an easy companion. The professional evangelist who leaves the wrought-up meeting as soon as it ends to hurry over to the most expensive restaurant to feast and crack jokes with his sponsors will find this man something of an embarrassment, for he cannot turn off the burden of the Holy Ghost as one would turn off a faucet. He insists upon being a Christian all the time, everywhere; and again, that marks him out as different.

Toward [such a man] it is impossible to be neutral. His acquaintances are divided pretty neatly into two classes, those who love him out of all proportion and those who hate him with perfect hatred.

So let me ask you: Just what did you think these men were going to look like as they begin to arrive?

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