Summary: In the upcoming years, the body of Christ will face many changes that are ordained by God. These changes will bring division and strife to the body of Christ, but they are essential for its purifying.
In the upcoming years, the body of Christ will face many changes that are ordained by God. These changes will come after God informs His Church about them; for “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7). These changes will bring division and strife to the body of Christ, but they are essential for its purifying. Let us not forget Jesus will return for His Church so “that He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it [the Church] should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27, KJV).
Many precious saints, because of their unbelief, doubt and fear, will be left far behind this move of God. They will miss many of the glorious blessings that are Spirit given. The most grievous result of this purifying will be the saints that will fall away because they are caught up in their traditions and religious comfort. These saints believe that God will not do anything different than what they have experienced all their lives. They will sell out this new move of God and even perhaps their salvation for the comfort of their dry, unchanging and dead religious practices. “Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it?” (Isaiah 43:18–19a).
Take a good look at the world around us and at the Church of Jesus Christ. One thing stands out God is shaking things up. He is making major changes in our nation, in our world, in our climate, in our churches and in our view and understanding of Him. God is using earthquakes, the weather, wars (both spiritual and physical), all kinds of tribulation, the educational system, TV, radio, the internet, magazines, and newspapers to prepare the world and His Church for His soon return. When have we ever seen a greater need for the church then in the world today and when has the Church ever been so attacked, degraded, ridiculed and mocked as we have today. Brethren God is making a great reformation in the church; while He is restoring it to its former glory while preparing for the war we are now facing and those effected by the upcoming battles.
Have you noticed that the Body of Christ is starting to develop a great divide in its ideals. On the one side, we have a polarization or an isolation movement. This movement is based upon strong and unbending, personal doctrinal beliefs which do not allow the love and grace of God to factor into their unity with other denominations on the count of their beliefs or form of worship. On the other side, we see small isolated groups of ministers and ministries all across the world preaching unity. This movement of unity within the body of Christ is based on the belief that Jesus is the chief architect and cornerstone of this movement and that this worldwide body of Christ should act just like our natural physical bodies, in which each part interacts, helping every other part for the betterment of the whole body (Ref. 1st Corinthians 12:12-27; Ephesians 4:11-16). This group is looking for and establishing prayer meetings between congregations, denominations, and faiths. These pastors are not restrictive. They do not isolate their congregations from the rest of Christ’s body, but they allow their members to go and take part in other services using the strength of the other church to improve the spiritual and physical well being of the saints. This is the type of church that God is now developing.
Today, for the most part, we see ministries and ministers that are cookie cutter copies of each other. They look alike, talk alike, preach the same messages, and sing the same songs. Even the format of the programs produced are the same. Their ministries are based on their past institutionalized learning and experience. They produce their services and preach their messages based upon pee-packaged systems so that it neatly fits into a per-determined time and format. Many are now ordering their sermons through internet companies, not getting them from God’s fresh manna that is new every morning. They feel that if the idea or plan worked for one ministry, it will work for theirs. These ministers are depending on their presentation to attract people instead of the love, grace, and power of Christ. They are preaching only sermons that will gratify their congregations and operating their church based on the laws and dictates of an anti-God government. Feeling that compromise is the best solution to the problems demanded by that government. They substitute form, packaging, and advertising to cover up for the absence of Christ in their ministry.