Updated: Jul 26, 2021
The Buffalo Springfield song,
came out in 1967 - the year I graduated from high school. It begins with the words, ”There’s something happening here; what it is ain’t exactly clear.” It resonated with my generation and, for many, the words still resonate today.
These opening lyrics could easily serve as the anthem of the contemporary church. Many of those in churchanity sense something is happening but they don’t have the slightest clue what it really is. Though many are keenly aware of the hype associated with sensational movements like “NAR”, much of what God is really doing is unfolding under their church radar. Though they are absolutely convinced that they are what is happening here they really don’t have a clue what is really happening simply because they do not have ears to hear or eyes to see.
Rest assured, there is something happening worldwide and the remnant is clearly discerning what it is. They have come to a place in their pilgrimage where they recognize the seductive deception behind the voices calling people to “COME” - Come to our church, come to our unique move of God, come to our sensational “happening”. The voice the remnant is hearing is not the voice of hysteria, hype, drama or fear. It is that “still, small voice” of God calling us to “COME OUT” not “COME IN”! This is the true prophetic voice of God that is going forth throughout the earth saying just the opposite of all the other voices of men.
What is really happening is that God is visiting His people and He is calling them out of all the man made garbage we have turned Christianity into and no one is as guilty of this that the American churchanity. He is calling us out of the fad driven church, the celebrity driven church, the program driven, performance driven, prosperity driven, hype driven, “event” driven, ambition driven, ego driven, political driven, entertainment driven, and gimmick driven. He’s not calling us to some new fad, some new way of doing churchanity, some new spiritual sensation or some new anything. He is calling us out to Him and the renewal of our first love. He is saying, “come out from among her my people” and “come unto me.”
Most can no longer hear that voice because they are too heavily invested in their movement, their church, their circle of friends, their livelihood, their comfort, their complacency or their stubborn pride to change. That is why I no longer cast my pearls before swine because they will only trample them into the mud and turn to rend you with a vicious attack. Except for rare exceptions they just don’t get it, can’t get it and won’t get it.
I write to those who can hear. I write to those who have made the painful decision to come out of all the man-made garbage that has saturated the church for centuries. I write to those who have faced the same rejection, scorn and judgement of fellow believers because of the stand they have taken and the changes they are making. I write to those who have struggled for a long time to reach the spiritual conclusions that we now embrace - And I am writing to those who feel alone, abandoned and ostracized like Elijah because of those hard-won conclusions. It is to this company of believers that I write.