1.The present Church is in traumatic slumber, as it is written: “While the bridegroom tarried, THEY ALL SLUMBERED AND SLEPT” [Matthew 25:5] She is tormented in her sleep with scary visions of hell. Are we not blinded by deep sleep when we lead the flocks of Jesus Christ to fight and curse perceived enemies, whereas the Bible says: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, SUPPLICATIONS, PRAYERS, INTERCESSIONS, AND GIVING OF THANKS BE MADE FOR ALL MEN; FOR KINGS, AND FOR ALL THAT ARE IN AUTHORITY; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty” [1 Timothy 2:1-2] Brethren, the Church is the EMBASSY of God and not a PRESSURE GROUP. The RELEVANCE of the Church in every age is determined by FULFILMENT of PROPHETIC AGENDA and not by number of invitations to STAKEHOLDERS MEETINGS. One of the cardinal assignments of the Church is taking GOOD CARE of God’s people. IS THE CHURCH TAKING GOOD CARE OF CHRIST’S SHEEP? ARE WE FEEDING THE POOR IN THE FOLD? WHERE IS THE POWER TO OCCUPY AND FULFIL DIVINE PURPOSE? ARE WE NOT MERELY DRIFTING FROM ONE NIGHTMARE TO ANOTHER? Let us remove the log in our eyes.
2. The present Church magnifies persecution as if it is SIN. The early Church was also persecuted but did not compromise. When they were pressed on every side as we are today, they returned to God for FRESH COMMISSION and did the NEEDFUL, as it is written: “And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that signs and wonders may be done by the name of thy holy child Jesus. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness” [Acts 4:29-31] Instead of praying for the outpouring of POWER of the Holy Ghost, many Church leaders are neck deep in murky waters of political manipulation. In some parts of the world pastors push their flocks to take up arms to kill their perceived oppressors, forgetting that the “…weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; ) [2 Corinthians 10:4] Lest we forget, PERSECUTION is a necessary rite of passage for every SOLDIER of Christ, for which reason we are charged to “…endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ” [2 Timothy 2:3] If any man is in doubt, I commend him to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved” [Matthew 10:22]
3. The High Priest and the Priests in the Temple at Jerusalem read the Torah and the books of the prophets everyday but missed the birth of Jesus Christ! That Church was blinded by the tyranny of Rome, failed to understand prophecy and missed the DAY OF HER VISITATION [Luke 19:44] The handwriting is on the wall for this generation and it is the SIGN of Prophet Noah, as it is written: “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” [Luke 17:27] O Lord, AWAKE YOUR CHURCH so we are not caught unawares as in the days of Noah. AWAKE US O, LORD and set our feet on the path of the Apostles, as it is written: “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and THEY WERE ALL FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and they SPAKE THE WORD OF GOD WITH BOLDNESS. And the multitude of THEM THAT BELIEVED WERE OF ONE HEART AND ONE SOUL: neither said any of them that ought of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. NEITHER WAS THERE ANY AMONG THEM THAT LACKED” [Acts 4:31-34]
4. IS THIS CHURCH OF ONE MIND? ARE WE TAKING CARE OF THE POOR? ARE WE PREACHING THE GOSPEL TO REAL AND PERCEIVED ENEMIES OR SPOILING FOR WAR? IS THE CHURCH FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST? IF THE ANSWER IS NO, WE ARE NOT BUILDING ACCORDING TO APPROVED PATTERN? Let us retrace our steps to the SURE FOUNDATION OF ACTS OF THE APOSTLES. Let him that has ears hear what the Spirit is saying to the Church, as it is written: “Wherefore he saith, AWAKE THOU THAT SLEEPEST, and ARISE FROM THE DEAD, and CHRIST SHALL GIVE THEE LIGHT” [Ephesians 5:14] This is my humble prayer for the Church; O LORD, AWAKE YOUR CHURCH. Can I have a loud amen?