The Holy Spirit began restoring the church in the days of Martin Luther, but Luther, Calvin, Methodists and Baptists only brought with them part of the restoration of the New Testament church. Services continued to focus upon the individual minister and never allowed for the body to function as the Apostle Paul instructed.
We 21st century Christians are crying out for more, and we initially think the “more” will come in the form of a revival, circa the Great Awakenings, Azusa Street, Welsh Revival, Argentina, Toronto Blessing, Brownsville, or Lakeland. And these outpourings of power and manifestations of the Spirit of God may come. But I do not see revivals as we have known them to be the answer to our problem.
The church is still lame. We are still not functioning as a Body. The harvest may be white, but the laborers are few, lame, blind, confused, and convinced they’re not holy or special enough to do the work of the ministry.
There are so many strongholds that need to be torn down for the Church to arise in the splendor and glory Jesus foresaw.
There are modern day constructs that need to be pulled down. Here are a few:
- The idea that the fivefold ministry are super Christians or “more” Christian than the rest
- The idea that the pastor is the head of the church (that would be Christ – hence why we are called the body)
- The idea that church meetings consist of the few priests/pastors ministering to the flock
- The focus of the meetings and the arrangement of the furniture upon performers
- The idea that a church needs special programs to get the people involved