Shane Idleman on Why Being Controversial Isn’t Necessarily Wrong

If God decides to usher in another spiritual awakening where the church comes alive and sinful man repents on a large scale, it will not be nice and tidy. All great moves of God have been controversial.

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As a student of revivals, I understand that being “controversial” isn’t necessarily a bad thing. God is not predictable, and odd things can happen when a sinful person is overcome by the power of God.

Not Everything Done in God’s Name Bears His Approval

Some suggest that today’s battle is not so much against liberals in the church but against those who are “not open” to new prophecies and visions—those who “religiously hold to the written Word alone.”

This statement concerns me because it can be used to promote anything done in the name of the Lord. Granted, Acts 2:17 (NKJV) is relevant for us today, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams.” But this Scripture is balanced by 1 John 4:1, “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Not everything done in God’s name bears His approval. We must look at the fruit.

For example, as I read The Journals of George Whitefield, the Welsh Revivals and the firsthand accounts of the First Great Awakening in America, I found that Pastor Jonathan Edward’s words were true. He observed that the work of the Holy Spirit would be evident because it would produce the right fruit:

— It would elevate the truth.

— It would exalt Christ.

— It would oppose Satan.

— It would point people to the Scriptures, and

— It would result in love for God and others.

Pastors must preach the totality of God’s Word, call out sin and correct error—holiness, not hysteria, should be sought. The result will be genuine fruit, not ungodly fanaticism.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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