"A time will come when instead of Shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats." - Charles Spurgeon
he signs all over the place make bold this statement as we are presently living in the days. I remember days when it was common for people to become penitent and weep as the message of salvation thunders from the pulpit. I remember the days of Charles G Finny and John Wesley and on how people's knees became feeble as a result of serious convictions of sin. There were instances where people groaned under the burden of conviction for sin and fainted. I read a story about a man who travelled through a particular town seeking for a pub house where alcohol beverages were sold many years after Charles Finny had revival there and could not find any, in curiosity he stopped to ask someone and the person smiled and said "a man named Charles Finny passed through this land many years back and left pub houses and beer salon closed in the wake of the revival that swept through the land. During the revival of those days, bars and club houses closed down but today, the reverse is the case. Go to Europe and you will see the picture of what I am saying. Europe was the bedrock of great revival that shook the world but unfortunately, these have changed. Many sites where these great revivals took place have been turned into monuments. Some have been sold and they are a shadow of their past glory. For those that are still being used as church today, you can count the numbers of people in the church on your finger tips most of times. We now see the same signs that killed this great revival in churches in the US and the universal church at large. Revival should not be a flash in the pan. It should not be a firework work experience that comes with all its effervescence and disappears almost immediately. It must be sustainable. Men must be willing to make sacrifice and pay the price. There is something we are definitely not doing right. We are so mindful of building our own kingdom which will eventually perish than building God's Kingdom which is eternal and like Spurgeon said, have we become the generation of clowns entertaining the 'goats?' God is seeking for men who will stem this tide. Are you available?
And like Leonard Ravenhill said "If Jesus had preached the same message that ministers preach today, He would never have been crucified."
Teaching and preaching the truth may isolate you from others for a while. But I have come to realize that no matter the situation, the Truth will always win at last. Are you tempted to change the content of your message so as to attract the crowd? Please don't! I can tell you that is a sure route to lose significance on the long run. People are getting tired of the fables...they want to hear the sound Word that will enrich their soul (bless them here on earth also) and prepare them for heaven. Dear friend that is the ultimate destination. What good will it do to any congregation or people after professing Jesus on earth, organize mega crusades and summit, have a hundred thousand membership church etc and miss heaven. There must be a re-awakening. I believe those eras of the great moves of God and genuine salvation have not just gone past us. Listen to the words of Leonard Ravenhill again "No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying. We have many organizers, but few agonizers; many players and payers, few pray-ers; many singers, few clingers; lots of pastors, few wrestlers; many fears, few tears; much fashion, little passion; many interferers, few intercessors; many writers, but few fighters. Failing here, we fail everywhere." Think about it!