THERE IS AN EMPTINESS IN MY CHURCH (VISION)


200549504-001WATCH OUT FOR THE HOLE BEFORE YOU TRIP! –  “Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything”. Colossians 2:8-10 (The Message)

In December of 2011, while we were in a 21 day prayer and fasting for the Church of Jesus Christ I had a vision from the Holy Spirit while sitting in my car praying with other believers in a phone conferencing or prayer hotline. In this vision;”I saw myself and a host of clergy men in their official clerical costumes with each one of us holding PICK AXE in our hands digging a deep HOLE in the earth surface. This was one big hole and with zeal and passion each one of us were putting in effort to dig deeper”

I had a teary eye and a whirlwind of sorrow and hopelessness overwhelmed my whole being like I have never felt before whiles I watch us perform. Instantly, an interpretation was given to me by the Holy Spirit. He said; “THERE IS EMPTINESS IN MY CHURCH” He continued; “my servants have a dug a big hole of emptiness in the hearts and soul of the Church and they keep digging deeper and deeper and deeper; and in time of test and trials due to the emptiness in their hearts they (my Church) struggle to prevail”. “Their prayers have all become an activity before me, they feel condemned and unrighteous; neither do they have an intimate relationship with me and their emptiness is perpetual. I am the only one that satisfies the thirsty, yet my servants are not projecting me unto My Church” 

Many are standing on quick sands and slipping slowly into despair because Christ which is the only unmovable rock that will stand the test of time is not the centre of their religion but self sits on the throne trying to rule and reign her own affairs in her own terms.  Just as Moses lifted up the bronze serpent in the wilderness and those bitten by poisonous snakes lived again, so must we exalt Christ Jesus like a neon billboard that all that travels on the untested terrain of this dark tunnel of life can draw life and light to accelerate in the journey effortlessly! “It’s all about Him plus nothing”

Apostle Paul warns the Church at Colosse to watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything. This is the abundant life; the well where the thirsty and dissatisfied souls find rest and comfort.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV)

WHAT TIME IS IT? It is time we drop our pick axe gospel of self works, legalism, commercialization, sexism, materialism, condemnation which has become the order of the day and share light on God’s grace gospel which is simple and yet has the power to build the total man from the inside out and grant us an inheritance with eternal value. digging_hole

Apostle Paul through the Holy Spirit spoke to the leaders of the Ephesus Church in his farewell address to be committed to God and the timeless truth and principles of the word of His grace which has great benefits to keep them from false brethren and demonic concepts. The sound of the great Apostle still echoes through the corridors of time to the 21st century church…

Acts 20:32New (NKJV) “So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.

A mind corrupted by wrong theology or belief system about God and who we are in Him leads to all kinds of behaviors and malfunctioning in life.  If the body of Christ is denied of her ability to behold the beauty and pleasant nature of Christ through the preaching of the Gospel which Paul says “Is able to build you up and not only that but to also give us an inheritance”  … then we deepen the vacuum of emptiness which plagues most Christians rather than experiencing this amazing grace independent of our self occupation and willpower to access the boundless riches in Christ. This is not a matter denominational or doctrinal over protection; it’s a matter of giving people the chance to see Jesus and ruling out all man centered religion and traditions out of the window.  Are you ready to be a part and parcel of this movement?

BUILDING NEW ALTARS I share the same passion with Malcom Smith 110% on what really matters now; preaching the gospel which is the power unto salvation and not works. He clearly sounds the trumpet from the roof top that we will all hear

“Preaching the gospel, we are announcing the news of the revelation of who God is and how He feels about us. We stand on the street corners of the world shouting the news that God is not the way we thought He was – He loves us!!… This is the greatest news in the world… The love of God…is the magnetic north of truth by which we fix our position as we stumble lost in the wilderness of the world…To know that His love for us depends on Him and not on us is the beginning of the way out of the futile, meaningless lives and religious despair”

The pulpit has to be oiled again with the passion to see people transformed and not modified into robots without the ever abiding life of Christ flowing in them. Jesus said He came purposely to give us His own life in full measure. If this is heaven agenda, then the burden is not on us anymore but we must embrace this life by faith to impact us in all that we do on this side of eternity… The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly “- John 10:10 (NKJV)

The pulpit needs repentance from dead works and come back to a true relationship with the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and stop beating people with do’s and don’ts when they’ve really not been empowered to know their true identity. You don’t beat a servant and torture him to think and operate like a king when his mind is beat down andimagesCAYQXOYK contained in a prison of unworthiness, shame and insignificance. We tell people to become what they are not on the inside by throwing fire and brimstone on them through condemnation and we see them fake their identity, righteousness, boldness etc. and celebrate their modification whiles they struggle under the cloak of self effort and hypocrisy. Teach me who I am and effortlessly, I will discover who I am and live naturally as God intended through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.

More importantly we seriously need to go back to the basics of Christianity; when discipleship was the priority, quiet times, morning devotions, love for God and neighbors, hearing of God’s voice, fanning into flame gifts of the Spirit in the church… not just one man commercializing the gift whiles everybody sits under their feet like kings. Oh’ how I miss the days when our Pastors who didn’t have much, spent their precious time with us in the neighborhood and explained the scriptures. Where are the fathers?

A PARADIGM SHIFT The Spirit of God is raising an end time crusaders who with selfless devotion will rise and rebel against the status quo and the order of the day with anguish in their heart to snatch out a generation from darkness and speak the oracles of God to the nations with passion and an obsession for Jesus.

This vision from the Lord completely set me free from legalism, guilt, condemnation and emptiness of trying to do it on my own. It was like God throwing gasoline into my life and radically ignited my heart on fire with a brand new passion and purpose to see the beauty of the person of Christ and spread the fragrance of His grace in every place. This has been my single pursuit for the past two years and I have seen men radically transformed from bondage to freedom, weakness to champions and from glory to glory as they rest and feast on the finish work of Christ. Friend, it’s my sincere desire and prayer to God that you experience a new fond of love, joy and peace inwardly like Apostle Paul desired and prayed to God on the behalf of the Ephesus Church that the Lord;

16 May He grant you out of the rich treasury of His glory to be strengthened and reinforced with mighty power in the inner man by the [Holy] Spirit [Himself indwelling your innermost being and personality]. 17 May Christ through your faith [actually] dwell (settle down, abide, make His permanent home) in your hearts! May you be rooted deep in love and founded securely on love, 18 That you may have the power and be strong to apprehend and grasp with all the saints [God’s devoted people, the experience of that love] what is the breadth and length and height and depth [of it]; 19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, [a]through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses [b]mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] [c]unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and [d]become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]! – Ephesians 3:16-19 (AMP)

Join the revolution of exalting Christ Jesus above man made religion by surrendering your PICK AXE!

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities.


 

Cameroon's President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • President Paul Biya has ordered 100 churches closed throughout Cameroon
  • The illegal Pentecostal churches are security threats, the government argues
  • Pentecostal congregants say criticism of the government is behind the shutdown

Yaounde, Cameroon (CNN) — Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has ordered the closure of nearly 100 Christian churches in key cities, citing criminal practices organized by Pentecostal pastors that threaten the security of the West African nation.

But Pentecostal pastors said the move is evidence of Biya’s insecurity about the churches’ criticism of the government.

Biya is using the military to permanently shut down all Pentecostal church denominations in the nation’s capital, Yaounde, and the North West Regional capital, Bamenda, which have the largest Christian populations in Cameroon.

More than 50 churches have now been closed, with the government targeting nearly 100 in eight other regions.

“We will get rid of all the so-called Christian Pentecostal pastors who misuse the name of Jesus Christ to fake miracles and kill citizens in their churches. They have outstretched their liberty,” Mbu Anthony Lang, a government official in Bamenda, told CNN Wednesday.

Nearly 500 Pentecostal churches operate in Cameroon, but fewer than 50 are legal, he added.

On Sunday, a 9-year-old Christian girl collapsed and died during a prayer session in Winners’ Chapel, a Pentecostal church in Bamenda. The girl’s mother, Mih Theresa, told CNN Wednesday that the pastor intended to cast out the numerous demons that were in control of her daughter’s life.

“I want the government to stop these pastors who use mysterious powers to pull Christians and kill then for more powers. All my children have ran away from the Catholic Church in search for miracles, signs and wonders,” she told CNN while holding back tears.

Another Christian, Mveng Thomas, said his marriage ended abruptly when a Pentecostal pastor ordered his wife to dissolve their union. He said the pastor described him as “an unrepentant devil.”

Pastors marched against the government’s decision Wednesday in Bamenda and Douala. Pastors said the Biya government sees the mass proliferation of churches as a threat.

Boniface Tum, a bishop of the Christian Church of God in Yaounde, said that Biya, who has been president since 1982, is becoming insecure about the freedom of speech within these churches.

“Authorizing only the Catholic, Presbyterian, Baptist, Muslim, and a few other churches, is a strict violation of the right to religion,” Tum added.

Targeted Pentecostal Christians in Bamenda are transforming their private homes into churches.

North West Regional governor Adolphe Lele L’Afrique said Wednesday that police had discovered the abduction of 30 children under age 18 by a pastor in Bamenda. The pastor said he wanted to remove the children from a bad society, Lele added.

Government officials also say that some pastors convince congregants that they do not need professional medical treatment for their ailments.

“How can a pastor say the sick needs no medical doctor? We need sanity in our Christian lives,” Nyang Blaise, a youth leader for Biya’s ruling party, CPDM, told CNN.

One woman said her mother was refusing cancer treatments because of her pastor.

“My mother’s condition is worsening after doctors confirmed she had cancer. She is dying silently, and yet we cannot persuade her to see a doctor for proper treatment, against her pastor’s wish,” Deborah Tanyi said.