Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Pentecostal churches are springing up here and there, tongues are so louder today. But in many churches and Pentecostal denominations, the Pentecostal experience is abysmally dead.

Why Pentecostal service and its enthusiasm and power is dying in many Pentecostal churches

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The truth is not hidden, but as they say ‘none is more hated than him who speaks the whole truth’. We know it is a system that will increase our years of captivity and strengthen the darkness, but who can tell the truth? But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the LORD, And of justice and might, To declare to Jacob his transgression And to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:8, NKJV).

Pentecostal churches are springing up here and there, tongues are so louder today. But in many churches and Pentecostal denominations, the Pentecostal experience is abysmally dead.

On Sunday the 26th of May 2024, the Christendom once again celebrated the day of Pentecost and many churches and denominations observed her annual Pentecostal service. This service is organized to celebrate the beginning of the Church which Christ birthed by word, labour, death, resurrection and Spirit. It is a day many Pentecostal churches pray and anticipate salvation of her membership and fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. For some, it is a day for re-filling of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Before now the service was a very high and hallowed spiritual Christian service. People prepared themselves, and came to church with much anticipation for the Holy Fire to come upon their hearts. Although we still hallow such days, its downhill spirituality and lowness are much shown today. The strong anticipation of God’s Spirit on such Sundays is fast dying. Why? Because it is very visible that God is hardly showing up to these services judging with the signs of His true visitations.

According to tales of those who saw God in the church of old, and if clear study will be made into the scripture, baptism of the Holy Spirit did not only happen on the day of Pentecost. It was an occasional move by God. He came whenever and wherever he chose to. But today, the Holy Spirit and His fire hardly comes to our churches. So we have come to pin his outpouring to the eventful day, and to anticipate his baptism on the day of Pentecost service.

The problem here is that we did not get to ask God about the problem: why he stopped coming on other days, on normal Sundays, and on other less hallowed services or gatherings. If God is not turning up at other times, if he is not showing up at our prayer meeting, or on regular Sunday services, why do we think he will come on a Pentecost Sunday?

Is the glory of God stronger because we are celebrating Pentecost Sunday, or is it because we are what we ought to be and also doing the things He has charged us? Which one makes the glory fall? And if God has withheld glory because we have failed him, as He once said to me “My servants have failed ME!” How do we think that in our continual failures, we would fix a special service and He will come? Is God an observer of special days?

I have been to many churches and I have seen that many Christian gatherings are so full of death. Take away the musical equipment and the death will become more visible. Dead song ministration, dead choir, dead worship, dead sermon, dead atmosphere, dead service. If there is death every time we gather in the name of God, how do we envisage that Pentecostal Sundays will be any different? Again, Is God an observer of special days?

God is not an observer of special Christian days or services, and he does not seem to show maximal strength on special days. If this statement is untrue then there should be great strength of God displayed, and souls poured into the kingdom of God on Good Fridays, Easter, and Christmas days. But it is not so because special days are not what pulls him down. And until we begin to engage in what truly brings down God and reduce our vain religiosities, we will never see God in our gatherings.

And it is because there is no outpouring on Sundays, weekdays or on Pentecostal Sundays that modern teachers and preachers who do not know the Pentecostal experience teach stuff like, “You are a believer, you have the Holy Spirit in you, begin to speak it. And as you continue, your language will begin to change.” This is Charismatic Bullshit! If it did not happen that way to the Disciples, not that way to the family of Cornelius, nor to those whom Apostle Paul prayed for, why do we think we can make a mockery of spiritual things?

We must be brutal in accepting that it has been so long since He came in great power, it is been so long since He moved, it has been so long since we witnessed true and genuine Holy Ghost revival, outpouring and baptism in our churches, we know it, the laity knows it, even the clergy knows it, but very few speak of death as death.

Myself is highly ashamed of being in a dead Pentecostal service. Yes! I hate being invited to such services which God is not part of. And If I were not a pastor, on such days I would hide in the corner of my room musing on how dead and cold Pentecost Sundays have become. It is not God’s fault, He is not slack in keeping to His promise, we simply have refused to follow the unfailing spiritual pathway that guarantees success in bringing down the power of God. And this is our guilt and judgement because we claim to know, but truly know nothing.

Now I will proceed to tell us why God is unwilling and unmoved, why the outpouring is scarce and why the power of Pentecost is weak in our days.

Then He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:29, NKJV.

Jesus called Peter and the apostles with the command ‘Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men’. Thus, ‘fishers of men’ is the end product that Christ will make out of the apostles should they follow him. And not just only the apostles, but all who followed Him, who became his disciples, He also made ‘fishers of men’. The 120 in the upper room (Acts 1:15), Jesus made all of them fishers of men on the day of Pentecost. Apostle Peter threw his fishing net thereafter and caught 3000 men. When persecution fell upon the church, those who travelled far for safety continued to fish for men; For they were all fishers of men.

The idea of God is that the church should be a gathering of fishers of men. And the baptism of the Holy Ghost is the final initiation and enablement to becoming a robust and flavoured fisherman. Jesus equips his true followers with the power of the Holy Ghost which convicts sinners, and with fire that arouses undying desire to go out and catch some fish.

We must know that the kind of following Jesus meant when he said follow me, is the disciple kind of following. Not like the following of the little girl with a divination spirit in Acts 16:16. She indeed followed Paul but was doing her own thing. A disciple is a follower of the way, lifestyle and teachings of a spiritual leader. He does not do his own thing but that which he has seen and learned from his master.

So that when men follow Christ and become his true disciples, then God will turn them into fishers of men. And this will be exclusive of their secular job: They could be doctors or lawyers but still kingdom fishermen. The Apostles and pioneers of the early church did not fail to follow Christ’s doctrine and lifestyle till they became true disciples. And Jesus did not fail to keep his promise of turning them into fishers of men by baptizing them with the Power of the Holy Spirit according to the promise of the Father. The scripture below clearly agrees with this argument.

If ye love me, keep my commandments (words, instructions, way, discipline). And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. (John 14:15-18)

So the Lord’s anger was aroused on that day, and He swore an oath, saying, Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, from twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because they have not wholly followed Me, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, for they have wholly followed the Lord. (Numbers 32:10-12, NKJV)

Herein is the problem. The passage in Number 32:10-12 introduces us to two kinds of following: wholly following God and not wholly following God. Whole followers of Christ are his true disciples. They are fully and wholly following the teachings and commandments of Jesus. And Jesus will ask the Father to send them the Holy Spirit; they will become empowered for service and fishing; this is the promise.

Joshua and Caleb wholly followed God and they saw the faithfulness of God in keeping to his promises. Those who did not wholly follow, God couldn’t fulfil his promises to them. So that when God begins to break his promises and will not keep to his words, even his promise of pouring out His Spirit upon our sons and daughters, even His promise of never to leave us like orphans, even His promise of being there where two or more are gathered in His name, it is a sign that God is dealing with men and women who have refused to wholly follow Him.

If He has become stiff in pouring out his spirit upon all flesh; and upon his churches, then true followers and disciples are very much scarce to fill; only they can be filled and empowered to continue the work Jesus left.

What we are trying to say here is that all of God’s promises has the ‘if you will fully follow me’ attached to them; including all his promises to his church. The promise of the Holy Spirit is not for the heathen, but for the Jews and all those who will come to God through the covenant of Christ.

In a time when we have a mixed multitude full of those who do not know and live the teachings and way of Christ. In a generation in which true disciples of Christ are very much lacking both in the clergy and the laity, in a time when many churches are not modeled according to the way Christ taught His church to be, there is no way there won’t be feedback from heaven shown by loss in glory, loss in the presence of God, and loss in the frequency of the visitation of the Holy Ghost.

Many churches and their Pastors have abandoned the disciplines of Christ so that God cannot keep to his promises. Remember that my God did not change, we simply disconnected ourselves from the free flow of God’s presence and visitation. And this is what is killing the society and our youths and teenagers.

For until spirit is poured out, we preach, teach and try to convert men in vain. We have wearied our youths and teenagers with dead sermons, dead prophecies and dead services. These sermons and services would have come to life should we have given the Holy Spirit a chance by being whole followers of the Lord. And after many years of seeing and interacting with death, our youths and teenagers eventually become dead and unresponsive to God’s light and life.

As it concerns society, know we not that the presence of God and his visitation is what saves and convicts sinners? Know we not that the society is twice or more the negative state of the church? If there is death and darkness in the church, the society will see greater death and darkness. So that when we have put ourselves in a shape that God cannot come down freely on us, we have also condemned the society to death and judgement. This implies that many who will be judged and condemned on the judgement day would have been saved if our following was whole. If we were a disciple church, following the teachings and ways of Christ, Satan would not have taken over the people. But we have failed! Many servants have failed God! Many ministers have failed the Church! And the church has failed the society!

In what areas have we as a church lacked wholesome following? Part 2 of this discourse will address this question.

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