Michael Brown on The Humiliation of the Church and the Coming National Revival

It has been a very difficult season for conservative Christians in America. There have been countless scandals, minor and major, sexual and financial, rocking all different sectors of the church. There have been prominent leaders who have renounced their faith. There have been well-publicized, failed prophecies about Trump’s reelection. The list goes on and on, and we have egg on our face. Lots of it.

And what about the extreme politicization of so many Christians in the last five years, to the point that some of us became better known for our support of a political leader than for our allegiance to Jesus?

This is time of humiliation, of confusion, of dishonor, a time to get low before the Lord rather than a time to strut.

Worst of all, we have brought reproach to the name of Jesus and disrepute to the reputation of the gospel. We have driven people away from the Lord more than drawn people to Him.

Yet all is not lost. To the contrary, the humbling of the church is actually a good sign. As believers, we are being purified by God’s refining fire (see Mal. 3:1-5). As the body of Christ, we are being disciplined and judged (not condemned) by the Lord (see Heb. 12:3-13, 1 Pet. 4:17-18).

We are being pruned—a painful yet necessary process—so that we can bring forth more and better fruit (see John 15:1-2).

We are being rebuked and corrected so that God can bring us to a better place (see the messages to the seven churches of Asia Minor in Rev. 2-3).

We are being humbled so we can be lifted up (see 1 Pet. 5:6, James 4:6).

In fact, the lower we will go—confessing our sins, acknowledging our faults, turning away from the bad and turning to the good—the higher the Lord will lift us, meaning, the higher we will go in receiving God’s grace and mercy.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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