It has been awhile since I've posted. I am going to get a prayer letter out in the next week or two.
So many things are going through my head right now. May God give me the boldness to say them. I realize that a lot of you out there will not have much of a clue of what I am talking about in this blog post, and that is fine, but I've been waiting way too long to say some things that may be beneficial as a warning to those who come accross them.
I am concerned for the youth in the USA as well as other countries that are being swept away by a huge prayer movement at the International House of Prayer that at an outside glance, looks good, but upon more in-depth investigation presents some real red flags of concern--one red flag for starters being the origins of how it began. (No need to read it all--the first line alone is a cause for concern)
I am concerned because so often people today seem to associate rapidly exponentially growing ministries or churches with "having God's blessing" when in reality people flocking there, might be caught in deception and could be chasing after the wind although they desire what is often termed as "more of God."
I am concerned for the music that our youth are listening to these days-and I am not just talking about the music of the world--I include in my concern music from bands like Jesus Culture--which sing long drawn out repetitive worship songs and teaching that seems to lean more towards experience rather than digging into the word of God and rightly dividing the Word of truth.
I sometimes lay awake at night praying and wondering about how all of these things will impact the youth not only of today but also the youth and families of subsequent generations to come. When all the fluff and hype is stripped away-what is really left? Someone once said that "Christianity is like a great ocean, but with three centimeters of depth." Today more than ever it seems this is the way things in Christianity in general are becoming.
My challenge to us all is that we guard God's Word as our greatest treasure, that we be absolutely sure that the light that we believe to have is not darkness, that we are not being tossed about by every whim and wind of doctrine, and that we continually use discernment.