Gospel


Leading up to our meetings with Evangelist Milton my concept of Revival was, I am sure, like most of yours in that I was praying for a manifestation of the Holy Spirit.  I was looking for a “filling” of the Spirit.  In truth I was looking for a “feeling”.  This week I learned that God answers prayers asked amiss.  I had missed the mark by a mile in my perception of revival.  Allow me to explain.

            My perception of revival was that I could prepare myself and stand waiting for the Lord to move in some type of emotional or spiritual manifestation.  What I learned as Christ revealed to me through His servant Brother Milton was that revival is the opening of our spiritual eyes to the truth that is already prepared for us.  Revival is a re-focusing of our attention on the things of God, even the deeper things of God.  It is a revelation to the individual of his relationship to and fellowship with Jesus Christ the Son of God.  It is the answer made real to the question, ”Who, Am I?”

So who am I?  I am dust of the earth.  I am miry clay that the Creator is forming for His good pleasure.  I am a nothing aside of what my Lord makes of me.   I have no intrinsic value.  I am worthy only of the wrath of God.  The real question then becomes “Who am I in Christ?”  In Christ I am a child of the King, a son and an heir. (Romans 8:17)   I am of the royal priesthood. (I Peter 2:9)  I am an ambassador for Christ to the world around me. (2 Corinthians 5:20)  I am not boasting in the flesh because the flesh is reckoned dead and Christ now lives in me. (Galatians 2:20)  This is not being told to build us up but to humble us with the very thought that God so loved us… moreover God so loved me that He would give His only Son to die in my place that I might be saved and be eternally with Him. I have not believed, truly believed who I am in Christ, else I would live more victoriously.

My Christian walk with my Lord and Savior has been so sub-standard that as I look around me I see what a pathetic creature I am.  My righteousness truly is as filthy rags.  I have been trying to live this life on my own without realizing the vast resources at my disposal through Christ.  Therein lies Revival.  Revival is not an entity unto itself.  Revival is the Holy Spirit revealing the riches of Christ we have at our disposal, the vast resources He already has waiting for us since the instant He saved us.  We are sons and daughters what good thing is the Father going to withhold from us? (Mathew 7:8-11) Put down the cup, the bottle and the thimble, wade out in the river and be filled!  We settle for the few drops of blessing in our dry and parched souls when we could be drinking deeply at the Spring of Living Water.

My soul, I have been wandering in the wilderness.  God is not withholding His blessing from me on a whim.  God has not given to me before because I have not asked in faith, fully believing who I am in Christ Jesus.  “I” keep getting in the way so that God cannot bless me and mature me as one of His children.   Not I but Christ, Not I but Christ, Not I but Christ, lives in me!   O, that we I would live every second of our my life proving this truth.,  what Revival we I would have!  

The evangelist has sown the seed and he sowed liberally.  We are now left to feast on the meal the Holy Spirit has spread before us.  When anyone asks you, “Hey, did y’all have “REVIVAL?” up at the church?”  Look them right in the eye and tell them, “Yes, Praise God we did!”  Yes we did and thank God we still are.  Now we are looking for the Quickening work of the Holy Spirit.  (Revival restores life to the believer, quickening brings new life to those without it.  But that is another sermon.)

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Jesus loves porn stars! So heralds the cover of the controversial Bible (The Message version) being distributed by the guys over at Triple X Church. Triple X is an anti-porn website run by Mike Foster and Craig Gross, who also run the ministry Starving Jesus, and together authored the book, “Questions You Can’t Ask Your Mama About Sex”.

The flashy picture above is the actual cover of the Bible Foster and Gross are distributing. Distributing at Porn conventions, that is. The ministry of XXXChurch is to attend porn conventions which are frequented by the top names in pornography like Jenna Jameson and Ron Jeremy (who often participates in public debates with XXXChurch on porn). Does Jesus love porn stars? Here’s my controversial answer– No, He does not.

Modernly, “porn star” is simply a euphemism of a lifestyle, not a human being. It’s used, as best I can tell, exactly like “pimp” or “rock star” or “redneck” , words which no longer refer to an individual, but a particular lifestyle. Go to your local superstore, and you’ll find t-shirts (in the teen section by the way) with those titles screen printed on the front. I remember a girl with whom I went to high school wearing a t-shirt which simply said, “I’m a Porn Star,” in the same coloring and typeface as the Bible cover above. Who’s not seen the Rockstar brand energy drink, or heard a rap song about being a pimp or a country song about being a redneck? These titles don’t refer to people as individuals, but lifestyles. Contrariwise, I could say that Jesus loves homosexuals, because this currently still refers to individuals, not the lifestyle. Does Jesus love Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson? Absolutely! He also loves every single other individual involved in the pornography industry. However, He does not love porn stars, nor does He loves pimps, rock stars, or rednecks, as those words are used in modern vernacular to convey not the individual man, but his lifestyle; lifestyles often characterized by their committment to ignorance, promiscuity, drug use, and immorality on many fronts. Does Jesus love that? Of course not.

The message that Jesus loves porn stars, to modern individuals, does not convey the intended meaning, therefore, that Jesus loves the individual man, but that Jesus seems to have a special place in His heart for the porn star lifestyle. This is clearly seen in the ABC news video (below) where a female pornography actress says the Jesus Loves Porn Stars t-shirt is “awesome”. Finally, porn stars are justified, Jesus loves it, and if He does, what’s the problem?

Aside from the obscure message that Jesus loves porn stars, the XXXChurch website sells items which again are intended to deliver the message of Christ to individuals struggling with sex addiction. To encourage men to abstain from lust, cards are handed out that remind them (forgive me for typing this) “Don’t Spank that Monkey”, and the XXXChurch website sells Jesus pencil toppers, and Jesus bobble heads, called Jesus nodders.

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Jesus loves you. Let’s remind modern men that they are just that- you, men, women, people, individual humans in God’s image. Jesus doesn’t love porn stars, but He loves every single human, despite their man made titles.

Nobody can say it quite like Piper:

props to Matthew at The Foolishness of Preaching for bringing this gem to light.