[b]B.H. Clendennen - urgent Message [/b]
CONFESSION MUST PROCEED REPENTANCE
1 John 1:9-10
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
As most of you know I am passing through one of the most difficult times of my life at this moment, but I am sure there is a purpose in the whole. I have for some time begged God to not let me die until we have shown this poor deceived generation His power. Somehow I feel this is all connected. The reason I feel so strongly about this is because this attack on me has produced a worldwide prayer meeting. Calls are coming in from around the world, from Churches and individuals, letting me know they are fasting and praying, and believing God for total victory. I sincerely believe that this prayer meeting could produce the final move of God we have so earnestly prayed for.
Understanding that in my present physical condition, if God does not give a miracle which through your prayer I believe will happen, this could very well be my last communication with you, therefore you can be sure that I weigh every word I write. First of all The Spirit of God has dealt with me very strongly, that for the revival to come, there must be deep confession and repentance on the part of the elect. The river of the Holy Ghost must be able to flow through us. Therefore there must be nothing in us that would prevent the flow of the River of Life.
We must humbly come before our Heavenly Father and ask His forgiveness, and earnestly seek His direction and guidance. We know His Word says, "Woe unto them that call evil good," but thats exactly what we have done by allowing the flesh a place in our worship. We must confess before God that we have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values. We must confess that: We have questioned the absolute truth of The Word by preaching many other things.
We have professed a love for the Word, but have ignored it. We have arrogantly given ourselves the title of Pentecostal, professing more power than all others, yet lack even the power to witness to the lost, let alone live holy lives. We have worshipped other gods and called it prosperity. We have learned more from religious stars on TV than the Bright and Morning Star. We have ranted against perversion in our streets, but refuse to confess it was the compromising of the word of God which produced such perversion in our streets (Rom. 1:25-26). By remaining silent we have empowered the purveyors of perversion in the pulpit and in the voting booth, yet dare call ourselves holiness; We have murdered the unborn with our silence in the pulpit. We have prostituted our values because of our loyalty to our party, our union, our ancestry, or prejudices. We have committed the sin of racism by our condoning wrongs of the past and of the present. Others have committed the sin of racism by their unforgiveness and search of revenge. We have neglected the poor in lieu of the appearance of more spiritual goals. We have lazily prepared to preach, satisfied with replacing anointing with noise. We have neglected to train up our children, then blame the devil. We have complained because prayer is not allowed in the School, yet a vast majority of Church members have no altar in their home. We have abused power and called it apostleship. We revere the high and mighty among men and distain little men who are more holy. We have closed our lips to the concept of holiness to be more sensitive to appeal to the lost. We have become user friendly without confessing to be. We have shunned the past as archaic, and have accepted the trends of the modern church. Our worship is guided more by the Top 40 gospel songs than truth embedded tunes.
Our arrogance drives us through the night, oblivious to our ineffectiveness and our distaste for learning. Others trust in their learning and forget their living. We hastily judge other groups, presuming our perfection preferring our unique traditions over unique relationships. We have lost the vision of God.
As results, for the most part, we are unconscious of the destructive processes going on. We dont know the way back to reality because we have lost the vision of the heights from which we have fallen. We have confused noise with power; flamboyancy with anointing, and charisma with calling. We have replaced conviction with counseling and sin with tolerance. We have erased the reality of hell from the Bible to be loved by those whom God has condemn. We ascribe on paper to the Second Coming, but never preach it, teach it, or expect it. We go our merry way, driving past the lost; preaching weekly to those who have already heard.
We have created a climate where were more interested about our own needs being met than the needs of the community. We have pastors with a maintenance mindset, desiring to make everybody happy. Their commitment is not to the great Commission; their commitment is to clean rest rooms, neat bulletins and deluxe pot luck suppers. We have young pastors more discontented with what others have done, but have no problem over what they havent done themselves. We have pastors content with no progress using the excuse of doing everything they know, yet unwilling to learn. We have too many people who grovel after TV stars who squander your money on limousines, mansions, and riches while evangelism goes undone. We have more people vying for positions than we have sighing over souls. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance. We drift toward disobedience and call it freedom. We drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation. We make light of prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism. We slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.
Due to discontent, we have replaced the presence of wisdom with carelessness, thinking that all risk is better than no risk. We have missionaries who come back with slides that look like National Geographic, pictures of scenery, sunsets, but no pictures of sacrifice and certainly no pictures of new Christians. We are often a people who have programs that are pleasing to everyone, decisions that are accepted by everyone, plans approved by everyone, and progress witnessed by no one. We have leaders at the bottom and at the top who have allowed stress and fatigue to set the agendas who were once firebrands for God.
There are those in this vast audience today who has allowed pornography to destroy their relationship with God, their families and their Church. Oh God help us. There are young people in our churches indulging in sexual sin because their motivation comes more from their glands than from their God. There are ministers whose eyes secretly stray to a pretty face or to a pretty body. Bring us back to a pure heart and a pure mind. There are grudges manifesting themselves in neglected relationships, competition, or envy. Forgive this grievous sin. Search us, 0 God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Turn our hearts back to you and make us worthy to be called Your saints and worthy to partake of your righteousness. 1 Cor. 11:24-26
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon