"The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord." Luke 4:18,19
We are in the midst of a world gone insane with Muslims being radicalized by terrorists groups, homosexuals storming the gates of morality with a radicalized agenda, racism is beginning to become radicalized by police brutality and violent acts of aggression and crime and violence are escalating around the globe!
It is high time the church of Jesus Christ also become radicalized and come out of her cathedrals of complacency and storm the gates of Hell! The above mentioned scripture is not just the ministry of Jesus, it is the mission statement of His body, who have been purchased with His blood, set free from demonic possession and baptized in His Holy Spirit. The world is perishing as the church languishes in their comfortable sanctuaries singing, dancing and playing with the gifts of God's Spirit, all the while, men are slipping into the bowels of Hell!
The hospitals are full of sick people, everywhere you look there is sickness and diseases of all kinds afflicting everyone. Our prisons are overflowing with men and women needing to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ with over two million in the US, not counting state jails and juvenile facilities. In our city in the Tarrant County jail there are over four thousand people with a thousand rotating out every week. The other night I told our faithful men's group that everyone of them needed to go and become volunteer chaplains, going every Tuesday night, laying down their lives for those in desperate need of the gospel! I spent several years there teaching, preaching and ministering to hundreds and it was one of the most fruitful times of my life.
"The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Luke 10:2
DEFEATING THE HORDES OF HELL
"Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Luke 10:19
Jesus has given us all power and authority to defeat the enemies of mankind, yet we don't lift a finger to use this great power against unseen forces that are robbing, killing and destroying the people of the world. The body of Christ for the most part has chosen to go to the world for help, if a person is oppressed, or mentally unstable they send them to psychiatrists, if someone is sick they send them to doctors, if there is financial recession, loss of jobs and political corruption due to poor leadership we just vote it out!
We as His body should be emptying the hospitals, laying hands on the sick, casting out demons and raising the dead in the mighty name of the Lord Jesus Christ, instead of bitching and moaning about healthcare, the government and Obama! We are not of this world, we are aliens in a land of flesh oppressed by the devil and rotten to the core with sin! The government is not your god, or is it? Who do you trust? Jesus, or the world? Because the leadership of the church has grossly mismanaged and ignored their duty in the training and equipping of the saints by building their own little kingdoms of flesh, the body of Christ has suffered greatly, being left defenseless, untrained for battle, sitting in a daycare, paying for the overhead of someone else's vision!
The church has entered a time of apostasy, a falling away from the faith and as the definition of the word states: we have deserted our post, abandoned our former loyalty and defected from our duty. In the military this warrants a firing squad for anyone who leaves his post and goes AWOL! (away without leave) We have left our first love and gone a whoring after the world with its lusts and pleasures, giving ourselves over to a reprobate mind.
But know this, that in the last days perilous (times of stress) will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, (dead religion) but denying its power. And from such people turn away! II Timothy 3:1-5
RADICALIZE, EVANGELIZE AND PROSELYTIZE
I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. For the time will come (and now is) when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. II Timothy 4:1-4
In all likelihood, Islam will overtake America and most of the free world only to dominate the masses through their Sharia law, bringing nations down into submission because they were a radical group of zealots who will win because they are sold out to their vision of world domination and we are not! As they have proved, they are willing to die for what they believe, while the church of Jesus Christ isn't willing to show up for a Wednesday night prayer meeting!
In the Old Testament they would blow the trumpet and sound an alarm, a call to battle when Israel's enemies would threaten them and the Lord would go before them to defeat the invaders with His awesome power and might. Today, the only alarm we hear is the one that wakes us up for work or school, calling us to another mundane day of drudgery, or dragging the family to another dead and lifeless church service filled with fluffy sermonettes to try and get you to make it through another boring week, only to do it all over again next week!
We as the people of God, the body and expression of the Lord Jesus Christ should be ablaze with His Spirit, storming the very gates of Hell, rescuing the dying, the innocent and delivering the demonized, preaching the glorious gospel to the lost and making disciples of those who are saved! Time is running out, Jesus will return soon in all His glory for a bride without spot or wrinkle doing the greater works of God and reaping a harvest of souls for the kingdom of God! Are you ready? Will He find you about your Father's business multiplying the talents He has given you, or will you shrink away in fear because you hid them from a world, lost and dying in need of the saving grace of God?
Blow the trumpet in Zion. Consecrate a fast, call a sacred assembly; gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children and nursing babes; let the Bridegroom (Jesus) go out from His chamber, and the bride (the bride of Christ) from her dressing room. Let the priests, (leadership) who minister to the Lord, weep between the porch and the altar; let them say, "Spare Your people, O Lord, and do not give Your heritage to reproach, that the nations, (powers of darkness) should rule over them. Why should they say among the peoples, 'Where is their God?' " Joel 2:15-17
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin