"PROPHESY unto us SMOOTH THINGS" -by Darren Smith.
As conditions around the world get worse it seems the sleeping state of the modern church gets worse. As earthquakes become more frequent and famine as well as oppression grows, we sleep.
As the prosperity message pollutes the world, we sleep. What will it take to waken the church?
I want to give you some things to think about on our local level.
Houston is the capitol of the world for human trafficking, yeah that´s right, Houston. We get the stories on the local news but never see them on a national level, in fact, they are not getting as much attention even here as they were.
Houston is also the home of the largest abortion clinic in the United States, yet it is also home to some of the biggest churches in the nation. Gang violence is at epidemic levels as the Mexican drug cartels use violence and fear to take over more and more neighborhoods. The Border with Mexico is a war zone and is to the point where many experts are saying the country is on the verge of a revolution, and still we sleep.
Most are content with living their comfortable life and turning their thoughts away from the truth of what is really happening. Our nation has never been in a worse state than it is right now, and life as we know it is about to change forever as judgment falls, and still we sleep.
Why can´t we look at the signs around us and see where we really are? Because we don´t want to know the truth, it´s too hard. We want to hear only the smooth things as the Bible says in Isa 30:10-11. The modern church says unto the seer "do not see" and to the prophet "prophesy unto us smooth things." We are in a state of denial so deep I´m afraid it is too late for most to see the destruction that awaits. When a prophet gives truth he is rejected and scorned, yet the false prophets, or should I say profits, are held in high esteem. In all this, the Gospel has been lost, or should I say, stolen. The enemy has done a great job in stealing and hiding the truth and he has done it by promoting a false gospel of prosperity. No matter what denomination you name, the humanistic gospel of Self has crept its way in and rocked the people to sleep. The mandate to take the Gospel, which is the power of God, to the nations has been lost to the gospel of comfort and self promotion.
This has happened in every form of the modern church, from the preaching, to the music. The message of the Cross is no longer found in sermons or songs. The blood has been overtaken by smooth words and songs designed to make us feel better about ourselves. A couple of days ago, while traveling in East TX, I saw a billboard for a church that said life is hard, church shouldn´t be.
I thought to myself, nothing could be farther from the truth. Truly being the church is the hardest thing you will ever do in your life.
We are called to be the church, not attend a social meeting designed to make us feel better. Being the Church requires self sacrifice and commitment to the cross. It requires you to live the Gospel everyday, not just on Sunday. It is for this very reason our cities as well as our whole nation are asleep and out of the will of God, yet we still believe that we are Gods´ chosen land.
How much longer can we sleep? I believe just as long as we have smooth lullaby´s in sermon and song to sooth us in our slumber.
I refuse to let the sleeping dog lie in this state. I will not prophesy the smooth things and I refuse not to say what I see coming. For this reason, I don´t get to preach in many churches, but that doesn´t really matter, neither did the prophets. The message of God cannot be stopped by man or man´s organizations and God is raising an army of fearless preachers out here that has nothing to lose by preaching the truth, because it´s all we have. We have already forsaken the world for the Cross. You may not want to hear what we have to say, but you cannot stop the truth. If you are one in this army, set your face like flint and march forward, don´t retreat, there is nothing to return to. Don´t faint, let the Lord be your strength for you will face persecution even from those close to you, but you will see victory. This is a time of war not peace, a time for the extreme and the radical, a time for revolutionaries. Don´t walk in fear, march forward in faith.
I haven´t sent out anything in a while, I have been struggling with an illness in my liver and have had to take some time to be still and quiet, but now am at a point to let it go. Please pray for God to heal me and give me strength to march on in this battle. I´m setting dates to speak now for mid April and May - if anyone would like me to come please contact us.
-Darren Smith http://www.streetscapeministries.com http://www.revivalstreet.com
Submitted 4/30/2010 7:26:41 PM | Author: Darren Smith