Perilous Times… by Pastor Christopher Dart, Guest Writer (Sunday, February 17, 2008)

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Beloved, the time is perilous.

The fields are white and ready for the harvest.

The enemy is at work in all facets of humanity with his intent to steal, kill and destroy.

The above seems as generalities taken from scripture. Jesus said:

2He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.

3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times? MATTHEW 16: 2,3 (KJV)

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I don’t suggest, for an instant, any form of hypocrisy in (you) the readers nor any spiritual ineptness. As I read the passage, I am reminded how obviously we are approaching the end times.

Heating oil is $3.05/gal. (on the average), the production of ethanol is depleting grain supplies causing the cost of food to skyrocket, abortion is epidemic (and will become even greater with the next administration), today’s generation of youth is the least evangelized ever to live in this nation. Even more alarming is the Church is irrelevant and powerless to do anything about it.

Many denominations are moving towards interfaith apostasy.* (Abandonment of one’s religious faith, a political party, one’s principles, or a cause.)
The question begs an answer, “What shall the true Church do?”
Joel 2:12-17 (King James Version)
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12Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:

13And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.

14Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?

15Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:

16Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

17Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

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I’m one person, just a guy on the street. I can only speak to one person at a time. Some of those who are capable of speaking to hundreds seem only interested in leading their congregations in Purpose Driven Apostasy; and in turn..some of the church services seem to have driven the Holy Spirit away.

(In many cases) There is no anointing on the sermons; nothing to stir the spirit; nothing to convict the conscience; no impetus to follow after God. Just a dose of dead religion for the week.

Every week I enter (a) church expecting and leave disappointed.
Where am I wrong?

I believe we must pray for those in leadership, including music ministers and Sunday School teachers to not beat at the air anymore; forsake the gratification of self and seek God as never before. I would recommend that every one of them should be out of bed by 4:00 a.m., seeking the face of God diligently, every day for their ministry is not a treadmill but that which should be an oracle of the eternal destiny of those they face every Sunday.

There is (often) no anointing because men are not serious about prayer. When was the last time you or I heard of the ministers of the Lord weeping between porch and altar?

So many churches seem dead. The messages should affect the hearts of men. The young people would not be so impatient to get out of church and into their worldly activities. Divorce would not be rampant. Men would be getting saved.
If you have any interest, at all, in the souls of men, you will fast and pray, give up hours of precious sleep, call on God to have mercy and get those leaders into His presence, so that the Holy Spirit can return to His church and make her relevant again.

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2 responses »

  1. Certainly, there are some who seek after God. Indeed, some pastors and music ministers are taking their position in the Church seriously.
    My ministry is to those who are unable to get out to church and in some cases, out of bed, i.e.: the rest home. I have to maintain a business to live as I receive no pay for my ministry. Others, in the pastoral ministry, who earn $78,000 or so per year consider me less than valid as a pastor or one who hears from God. I am capable of drawing no large crowd (after all, who wants to go to a rest home?).
    But I am still capable of seeking God’s face diligently and be changed from glory to glory as I gaze upon the glory of the Lord as through a glass; and that, by the Holy Spirit.
    If I were able, I’d worship 6 days a week at Times Square Church. The way it is, I have to give up a day’s wage and pay $60.00 for parking and transportation to get to Times Square Church for Pastors’ Prayer once a month. There’s no question the Spirit of God is moving there.
    I know saints all over the U.S. I hear the same thing: Churches are dead. Listen to sermons on the radio or internet. All I hear are spewings of theological teachings from dusty old seminary notes: no passion, no love for the Lord; no unction of the Holy Ghost. A minister who sets his affection to getting a word from the throne to bring before his flock on Wednesday and Sunday is a rare thing. I have not seen it in Connecticut but I have in New York City.

  2. Dearest Pastor Dart, I’ve actually spent a lot of time praying about your email. Be encouraged! I just want to tell you to be encouraged! God won’t forget your seed sown. I’m not you nor walking in your shoes, so you may not understand my saying this but Holy Boldness…I have it! It doesn’t matter what other people or other pastors may think of you. You just continue to walk worthy of the vocation to which God has called you. I watched a mighty man of God equipped with great humility who is often misunderstood by the masses tell a story one day. (I’ll tell it to the best of my recollection) In essence, he said that one day all of the big time ministers were sitting on a stage in heaven awaiting God to call their names to give them accolades for all of their earthly work. God called the name of a woman way back in the back whose name they had never heard. She was a prayer intercessor and to God, she was more important, a little humble woman than all of those big ministers. Jesus said: The first shall be last and the last shall be first. So my question to is:
    “Where does one want to be first? Is it here on earth or in heaven where it counts. Now as for me, I know my answer.

    I was in a small church once and the minister was so good, such an orator and I wondered to myself why he wasn’t in a huge congregation with a great following. As time went forth, I realized that he unfortunately was not a man of order. Likewise, I was in another small church where the minister was a man with a heart of compassion. His heart’s desire was to serve God and to minister to the people around him. He loved what God had called for him to do. Not long after that he received a huge promotion; he was reluctant to leave but remembered the importance of willingness and obedience and served God.

    My point is to remind you that if God called you, it doesn’t matter what men say. That’s a fact. I’ve been awful (and some lovely) places but God sent me there and I learned and later realized it was for a greater purpose and I was Blessed. I laugh when people look down at or don’t understand what I’m doing because: “I DON’T CARE” what other people think or say…I serve God and not man. So do you.

    Yep, it’s tough to see insincere people doing things on earth and getting a reward for it…but put on your blinders Pastor Dart…for great is your reward. We loose God’s peace and wisdom over your life and we plead the Blood of Jesus over you. We pray that you won’t be in any wilderness for too long and that whatever it is that you’re supposed to learn will stay with you the rest of your life. I know that you love God…please continue to trust Him; I assure you that He knows what He’s doing. I pray that if the Times Square Church is where God wants you to be that doors will open for you to get there and have the necessary provision.

    I don’t know what saints you know; but I assure you that I know droves of them…AND THEIR CHURCHES ARE NOT DEAD! No church is perfect because humans are in them, but we pray that this year in 2008; the spirit man will rise and take ascendancy over the man of the flesh…in the name of Jesus. P.S. I am curious as to what denomination you are. You don’t have to say, but I am curious. We will continue to keep you lifted in prayer.

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