In this second article Michel von Allmen writes: "I believe the Church will be brought to the fore again in society as a valid option to face and solve those enormous challenges. But it will take new outstanding spiritual and practical equipment!"
2014...100 yrs ago WW I... then WW II and before that, how many wars did not Europe suffer?
2014 marked the infamous remembrance of WWI. Counting from the 1870 French-German war, until 1945, Europe has undergone 3 major destructive wars in just 75 years with millions of direct victims without counting the effect on the surviving populations; does that not leave traces and negative impact?
For many Europeans , God “died” as it were, in 1914-18 or hereafter and this is not long ago, just 100 years! Our greatgrandparents and grandparents were either involved or suffered from it and of its effect on society. These conflicts brought curses on generations and on the lands too.
Deuteronomy 5:9-10 You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 10 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
But these curses can be broken in Christ if the Church takes her stand.
Probably one of the greatest need for the old continent is “Hope for the future”; and God something to say about it.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Soon four generations will have passed since these terrible events, so let's pray and take a stand so those curses be broken, and whole nations be impacted and seek the Lord anew! Many prayer initiatives have been launched in different places in Europe to cancel those curses and call for such a needed time of restoration. Very commendable actions.
Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard such a thing? Who has seen such things? Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.
Q: Is it not the time for the Church in Europe (50 nations) to call on God, repent for these sins, call for His mercy and proclaim the year of Jubilee ?
Isaiah 61:1-4 The Spirit of the Lord [a]God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the [b]afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And [c]freedom to prisoners;
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations;
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
Today, we' ve grown so complacent and passive, that we are used to seeing just about anything and get used to it, then we tend to explain it as part of new cultural trends, and then still excuse its downsides to eventually consider it as the new norm; and as sin only drags us lower and lower in depravity, it's easy to guess how wretched those new norms will be.
Only holiness and true piety can lift man's soul and inspire him to fruitful and worthy activity.
Today's society and men as a whole is more depraved than ever and fallen short of God's glory. Whereas in the past we were lead by the moral majority, today, we're lead by the immoral minority.
John Wesley said: Vice does not lose its character by becoming fashionable.
Q: How come the Church is so weak and unable to present a valid counter-offer in this set-up?
Yes the Church has nonetheless resisted for centuries, often through persecution and is still present and alive today, quite miraculous in itself !
Yes the Church is doing a great and wonderful job in so many areas in this world in the line of being His Bride and being involved in evangelism and missions just to name these areas of activity.
But are we strong, competent and equipped enough to face today's challenges and needs in our society? Since the last economic crisis, our world has created a new generation of poor (in the millions in the west especially) and it is probably not over; you can trust the world system for that.
The Lord will continue to provide faithfully and also miraculously to our needs for he is faithfuI to his people, but what will happen to the masses of people who over remaining lost will also be poor and oppressed like never before ?
I believe the Church will be brought to the fore again in society as a valid option to face and solve those enormous challenges. But it will take new outstanding spiritual and practical equipment.
The days are evil and God has started to shake everything that can be shaken ( and we're not through yet), so that what can and should remain will !
Hebrews 12:26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.
When the world will have no more solutions, the Church will be challenged to take its stand in either or both ways:
a) by waking up and standing up with a new and fresh revelation, equipment and approaches from God to face today's world and its gigantic needs and thus bring to it the message of the Gospel of the Kingdom.
b) by being brought to the fore by the sheer fact of necessity and need.
Both ways, the true Church will be back on the ring like never before to display God's solutions to a lost world and the best is always to be willing to enter such a transformation and transition rather than being dragged into it.
With such a major spiritual restoration and reformation the Church will be a valid counter offer for the 21st century and the process has started!
Q: How come the church still clings overall to old and outdated ways of doing the ministry when culture trends in society are changing every 5-7 years or so...?
Too much of Church ministry is still carried on the old model of Abbot/Pastor model when Christ has given the 5-fold ministries to run it, giving the preeminent role to Apostles and Prophets in showing the way (not with a right to oppress, or rule for self-gain).
We are not even 400 years late since the 16-17th Century Reformation, but 2000 years! Even the world has discovered the need and importance of inter-disciplinarity to meet the needs of their field. It’s high time to get back to the “Jesus model” of doing the ministry.
Ephesians 2:20 .... having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.
©Michel von Allmen 2015