Are you growing grass – or stealing sheep?

 

I was having lunch with a Christian friend of mine yesterday and we were expressing our deep concerns about the state of the kingdom of God in the world, and particularly Australia.

 

In Australia, “church mentality” is healthy and progressing nicely in many places but, sadly, God’s Kingdom is not. It is unbelievably difficult to get congregations of different denominations together to reach out in a unified effort for the lost in their communities. Some do it individually, some don’t do it at all, and some lure sheep from other congregations with rocking worship teams, attractive programmes or better facilities, but few get out there and save lost sheep for the glory of God and the growth of His kingdom.

 

During our conversation I mentioned to my friend that I have been trying to get congregations to participate together in revival meetings in neutral locations throughout Australia and Asia for the last 14 years only to consistently discover that the greatest opposition to such meetings comes from the Pastors. When my friend heard this he told me of an evangelist in the sixties and seventies who was accused of stealing sheep as attendance at his outreach meetings increased. His response to such foolish accusations was, “I do not steal sheep; I grow grass!”

 

Despite the opposition from Pastors and their downright refusal to even announce inter-denominational revival meetings in their towns, I find that “their sheep” come anyhow and in many cases are simply hungry for exegesis teaching from the Word of God. They are just not getting fed in their paddocks! Their Pastors are either no longer preaching Bible based lessons, don’t know how to, and in many gatherings don’t even publicly read from the Word of God.

 

Pastors – are your sheep starving for the Word of God? Are they discovering they cannot survive any longer on loud, rocky music, flashy worship teams that do all the “worshipping”, shallow, repetitious, scriptureless preaching and all kinds of questionable “spiritual impartations”?

 

Preachers and Evangelists – it is time to return to preaching from the Word of God. It is time to follow the true leading of the Holy Spirit. It is time to take control over “worship teams” striving to conjure up “anointed atmospheres” and to begin thinking about growing God’s kingdom together with other servants in your town and those servants He sends among you.

 

There is not one single denomination out there that has found the exclusive “it”, whatever “it” is! The lost remain lost because Pastors spend all their time protecting their flocks rather than feeding them and increasing their number from among the unsaved! The lost remain lost because Preachers and Evangelists don’t preach the Word of God and feed those who come to them seeking to know “of” Jesus, rather than “about” Jesus, Matthew 11:29. The lost remain lost because Pastors compete to lure each other’s sheep rather than lay down their lives to save the lost sheep all around them and in their pews.

 

Pastors – revival meetings aren’t about stealing sheep; they’re about growing grass!

 

To be continued…

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