THE INABILITY OF SOME MEN OF GOD TO DISCERN AND ADJUST TO SEASONS AND TIMES
” Of the children of Issachar, men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do, their heads were two hundred; and all their brothers were at their command” 1Chronicles 12:32
Respectfully and with all humility, some men of God and ministers of the gospel lacks the ability to discern seasons and times through the lenses of God. I don’t say this in a cynical way. I appreciate the effort of men and women of God to see to the advancement of God’s kingdom and our spiritual building as children of God. However, truth be told, some are used to the traditional and old patterns and ways of doing God’s work especially in the ministration of the word. The same incidence was what contributed to the dethroning of Saul, King of Israel. Saul cleaved to the old pattern of keeping and reserving the fatty livestock of the defeated nation they went into battle with for a sacrifice to God, whereas God wanted them dead.
“10 Then the word of the Lord came to Samuel: 11 “I regret that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.” Samuel was angry, and he cried out to the Lord all that night”. 1 Samuel 15
To be a minister of God is a very delicate position and for that matter must always be in sink with the demands and instructions of the spirit as it relates with seasons and progression of time. Being a man of God is not only limited to laying of hands for people to fall under the anointing and the ability to quote or rattle scriptures. There should be much more to that. Every man of God no matter the office or specification of calling should be able to teach God’s word without error, and bias and dilution. This is the fundamental truth and principle to be held in high esteem. A minister of God in alignment and partnership with the Holy Spirit should be able to discern the emphasis of God in every season and time as it relates to the need of members and God’s predetermined counsel. This will then inform the minister to carve out sermons and messages that reflect God’s emphasis in those seasons in order to make bible relevant in the progression of time. The inability of some men of God to discern the times and seasons in order to present authentic and seasonal sermons, which are relevant to the time is what is responsible for the lack of desire of some individuals especially youngsters to come to church. This is because they keep on hearing sermons every Sunday, even though taught and preached from the bible, yet seem not to be relevant and not well constructed to relate to their lives and time.
THE INCREASING LEVEL OF DOGMA, CRITICISM, JUDGEMENTAL AND CONDEMNATORY STRUCTURE AND NATURE OF SOME CHURCH MEMBERS AND PASTORS
This saddens and breaks my heart so many times because some churches and christians as spiritual as we profess to be, lacks acutely the knowledge of the purpose of our existence as a church. We do not exist as a church to create controversial and strict doctrines that keeps people in and captivity Christ delivered us from.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”. Galatians 5:1
I don’t mean we should be lawless but rather should focus on the purpose of the church as revealed in Scripture rather than our denominational doctrines and tenets, which are fabricated by men from a historic pioneer of a denomination.
“But woe unto you, Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over (neglect) justice and the “LOVE OF GOD“: these ought you to have done, and not to leave the other undone”. Luke 11:42
The church in everything we do must not be any different from the principles of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ which seeks to reveal the love of God to humanity. The bible says Jesus is Love, a signification of his nature and character. What necessitated the coming of Jesus and by extension the establishment of the church (body of Christ) was the love of God for humanity. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life”. John 3
Some churches instead of being a place or creating an atmosphere where wounded Christians and individuals find healing, comfort, inspiration and experience of God’s love, is gradually gravitating to becoming a place for criticism, judgements and condemnation of all sought. For what reason people don’t find hope and love in church.
This message is not to criticize churches and pastors, but rather to echo the cry of the spirit. It’s a clarion call from heaven. It’s a message of awakening. There is mandate upon this generation to prepare for the coming of the lord