Monday, July 9, 2007
Those who sense their woeful and terrible inadequacy; those whose hearts are burning because they are discontent with mere religion in whose heart there is a cry for the coming of the Lord in fullness and in glory, we stand again historically at such a time: the soon coming of the Lord.
There is again a place where God is bidding men to repent of their vested self-interests, of their fierce and intense personal ambitions, of their own desires for the future, of all the welter of things that pertain to their religion, and to their Jerusulem, and to come out of that and to humble themselves in that muddy place and enter the waters of radical separation from selfishness, from ambition, from power, from the love of prestige, and the esteem of men that they may glimpse a Son who is being brought forth into whom they can be joined in those selfsame waters one of with whom you have not recognized, one with whom you are not acquainted, and one of whom you know nothing of.
I will tell you that if you might enter the waters at this time, for it is certainly the timing of God. "Had they known the timing of their visitation," Jesus wept as he looked upon Jerusalem as he went to the cross.
I believe that these days have been a time of visitation for your denomination, that if you will not enter into the waters of separation, think of what it will cost you to love the fraternity of like-minded men who are presidents of institutions and heads of denominations; how scintiliating and intoxicating and heady it all is. How full of things that are pompous and earthly; worldy, that which is esteemed of men is an abomination in the sight of God. (Luke 16:15)
...Where are the priests of God who will bear it, and where are those who seeing it will remove and go after though they've not been this way before. "Believe in the Lord your God and so shall you be established. Believe in His prophets so shall you prosper." (2 Chr. 20:20) I have been faithful to speak the words God has put in my mouth, and now you are called, not merely to compliment me because "I've challenged your thinking, and it was an interesting lecture."
Could this not be the very God calling an entire people to a new place: an apostolic reality, and the establishing of a Kingdom, a new quality of life and relationship that will require the radical alteration of much and at the beginning of which is to be found in the waters of repentance and separation from our ambition, from our self interests, from our vanity, from our pride, from our self-seeking, from loving the esteem of men rather than the approval of God? (John 12:43) ...I'll ask you to pray now...
- Art Katz