I sometimes bump into people who have such religious views on the scripture that they can’t actually see the one command we were explicitly and overtly given by Jesus Christ is this: to love one another. There is no other instance where He explicitly is recorded as saying “This is my command” and in John He says it… and He says it 5 times. I think He was making a big loud clear point.
And recently a very strong Christian man I know met with the mayor’s office in the city I live in. The mayor’s office observed that 20 years ago the church was the main voice for what needed to get done and improved in society. Where living standards are poor, when apartheid needed to be abolished, where homeless people needed help… on these things and more the church spoke up and forced change.
But the mayor’s office observed to my friend that the church no longer has an activist voice and now the complaints and pressure for change only comes from secular sources…
The person specifically mentioned “The daily voice” which originally had the slogan “Sex, Scandal, Skinder and Sport and page 3 girls” and now more recently has the slogan “We are afraid of nothing” and they raise social issues.
Plus other rubbish…
THIS is the voice of activism? THIS is what pressure politicians to change? THIS is what the voice of the church has been replaced by? Are you kidding me?
That (above) is the infamous headline of the paper which His People Church spokesperson Errol Naidoo has already branded the “Daily Vice”. Errol is heading up the “Family Policy Institute” and he is making an impact, praise God with me!
Mike Bickle at IHOP has a project called Luke 18…
Our vision is that through persistent prayer and fasting the Lord will bring speedy justice (Luke 18:7). There are many injustices in our land (ie: abortion, human trafficking, murder). We believe the Prayer Furnaces that burn with passion for Jesus, which are being established on college campuses today, will bring forth the cry the Lord desires as He overturns the wrongs in our world and ultimately returns to establish His Kingdom (Rev. 22:17).
Churches have been taught by the Holy Spirit to grow their numbers and some may think that larger numbers meant greater influence… but the numbers were gained by “me-too-ism” and by spending money and being apolitical and terminally nice.
And if the attendees are trained to be “nice” then what kind of impact will you have? Very little. And not radical… our Savior was utterly radical.
And into this mix comes Mike Bicke’s IHOP teaching on the “false justice movement“, his teaching notes are here.
A FALSE JUSTICE MOVEMENTA. “The present social justice movement is preparing the poor of the earth to receive the Anti-Christ!” (Rev 13:16-17)
B. The subject of justice is often fueled by sentiment and political platforms rather than truth. There is emerging in the earth a false justice movement that is rooted in politics and humanism and devoid of the apostolic revelation of Jesus Christ. If we do not address the issue of social justice the way the Scripture answers the issues, believers will drift and neglect our great salvation (Heb 2:1).
C. The growing social justice movement is fueled by humanism, the seeds of which cause the questioning of the sufficiency of the gospel of the kingdom. (The person of Christ, cross, the Lake of Fire, inward transformation through repentance, etc)
- Here where I live we are beginning a “prayer furnace”
- I’m thinking of setting up a facebook group for everyone to join in so we can target prayer to certain things
- I’m also considering having a day of the week where anyone can post in prayer requests to this blog and it will be garuanteed to receive intercessory prayer.
34“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 37“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ 40“The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.‘ 41“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’ 44“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ 45“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.‘ – Matt 25:35-45