What we can learn from the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Muslims…

You already know that I have little respect for any of these religious systems nevertheless they can teach our generation of evangelicals a good lesson. Almost everywhere I go people are lamenting the lack of spiritual power and without Him we are on the same playing field as the cults and religions I have just mentioned and all of the others one can think of.

So, what can we do in the meantime? By “the meantime” I mean until we experience an outpouring of Holy Ghost power? It is my guess that we should at least be doing what the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Muslims are doing. They are not trying to be savvy, cool, relevant and instead they are focused  on clear objectives, dedicated to their cause, undeterred or distracted. They could care less about acceptance or “fitting in.” Part of their MO is not fitting in. They have the right heroes, prerogatives, ideals and measurement for success. Though thoroughly misguided, they are not enthralled or preoccupied by the affections for this present world. 

Recently, a missionary leader complained that young, Americans make lousy missionaries. There is almost a bondage to the American culture. They cannot live unplugged – without sitcoms, internet, and their IPOD’s.

Unlike, the Moravian missionaries who boarded ships with their caskets, contemporary Christians pack it in as soon as they are challenged or dis-privileged in one way or another. They have virtually no tenacity. 

I know prayer is the harbinger of revival. Every major revival movement can be traced back to a movement of repentance and fervent prayer. There is more! We are also able to determine, that before any of this prayer movement began people got sick of the present conditions and abandoned themselves to God. They threw overboard every weight that so easily beset them. “If we want New Testament results, we must do it the New Testament way.”  Attributed to Einstein, this is particularly true for contemporary Christianity, “The evidence of insanity is continuing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result.”

Here is the difference between what is  and what could be. J.R. Green in his ” A Short History of the English People,” (1878) wrote the following about the fruit of the Wesley and Whitefield Revivals, “They changed after a time, the whole tone of English society. The church was restored to new life and activity. Religion carried to the heart of people a fresh spirit of moral zeal, while it purified our literature and manners. (I doubt if they would have been reading, “Fifty Shades of Gray”) A new philanthropy reformed our prisons, infused clemency and wisdom into our penal laws, abolished the slave trade, and gave the first impulse to popular education.”

Or what about this report concerning the Cumberland-Kentucky Revivals? Keith Hardman in, “The Spiritual Awakeners from Solomon Stoddard to Dwight L. Moody,” repeats George A. Baxter, then President of Washington College Virginia (1801), “On my way I was informed by the settlers on the road that the character of Kentucky was entirely changed… the most moral place I have ever seen….upon the whole, I think the revival in Kentucky is the most extraordinary that has ever visited the church of Christ… infidelity was triumphant and religion was on the point of expiring. Something extraordinary seemed necessary to arrest the attention of a giddy people who were ready to conclude that Christianity was a fable and a futurity of delusion…The revival has done it. it has confounded infidelity, awed vice into silence, and brought numbers beyond calculation under serious impressions.”

We pretty much get want we expect and deserve.



1 Response to “What we can learn from the Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Muslims…”

  1. August 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Yeah, and you don’t hear their leaders wondering how they can make the message more relevant to the young, or what kind of music band they’ve been able to book for their church services, or if they are being seeker-friendly enough or not. I’d love to see America’s churches stop doing these things, and just get back to basics…

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