Much of this was written by someone else and I make no apologies for using it in this post.
It is taken from a Facebook post, by David MacDonald, a pastor in America, who, I understand from the post, quotes an Australian pastor, Steve Penny!
All I’ve done is a wee bit of editing for continuity, plus I quote clearly what The Word of The LORD says about The Church today! I’ve also added my own observations at the end.
I see pictures of the Titanic sinking. If ever there was a picture of the contemporary Church — this is it.
Christmas 2021 sees us now stripped of our freedoms and being more aggressively controlled than ever before.
BUT In the wider Church, it is as though nothing has changed. The Church continues merrily on its way — while the icebergs of evil intent loom larger on the horizon.
We must hear the sounds of repentance coming from The Church and it’s leaders. When The Church humbles itself and prays — God hears from heaven and heals our land.
So, why are so many contemporary Church leaders silent? This is the great question of our day.
- Why will The Church not have a voice and speak out?
- Why is it business as usual?
- Why are the good times leaders silent when things go bad?
- Why are our Church leaders bleating from their backyard tents — to roll over and comply?
Even the sheep know when the shepherds are silent ==- or worse, when they are ignoring the most serious challenge The Church has faced in 1700 years, possibly ever!
Steve Penny captures what I’ve struggled to vocalise, and he captures it perfectly. So I’m then reminded that this is exactly what the prophet Ezekiel spoke about some 3000 years ago! Hear the Word of The LORD for most of today’s Church.
“The Word of The LORD came to me: “Son of man, prophesy against the Shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to you Shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves!
Should not Shepherds take care of the Flock? You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the Flock.
You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally.
So they were scattered because there was no Shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals.
My Sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for them.’ “
“‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of The LORD: As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for themselves rather than for my flock, therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of The LORD: This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them. “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.” Ezekiel 34:1-12.
Yes, The LORD will hold the Shepherds accountable, and the Prophets too, for their lack of leadership in this time, for their silence, and for their quiet submission to the most heinous crimes perpetrated on humanity.
Harsh? Probably not harsh enough.
We need unity right now. Forget all our theological and doctrinal differences and concentrate on becoming one voice against this present evil.
If The Church stays silent, then evil wins. If The Church finds its voice and leads the opposition to this evil, then evil loses.
Whatever you believe about conspiracy theories, this is the bottom line — stay silent and die; find our voice and live!
No one said it would be easy. I’ll let The Word of God have the final words.
“Finally, be strong in The LORD and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand…..
….. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all The LORD’s people.” Ephesians 6:10-13,18.
~ Chris G. Bennett
Chris Bennett came to salvation in 1962 but didn’t begin ministry until 2007 — a late-comer! Now mandated by The LORD to prophesy and open old wells of revival in the U.K., but especially in Wales. He has also operated Healing Rooms, and worked with deliverance teams, all with his wife, Linda. Happily now doing whatever The LORD asks of them! Founder, with wife Linda, of their ministry The Upper Room Encounter.