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“Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?” (Job 12:11).
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LAST TIME: The main point was that Francis Schaeffer was born twelve years after the death of J. C. Ryle who had no choice but to defrock his first-born son from a position of leadership in the Church of England, such was the tentacle reach of liberal theology even into his own family. We are all engulfed in the collapse & systemic decline of evangelicalism, whether we know it or not.
TODAY: I respond to a prophetic message from English church leader, Chris Wickland, that came to my attention through a text from a friend in America this morning. The link that I have forwarded to Chris regarding our tribute to Melvin Tinker is here.
Before listening to my response, (& in addition to it), I’d like to emphasise that I don’t think this is necessarily a false prophet speaking or even that elements of what Chris shares about the autumnal change in church paradigm/season is wrong (it will be impossible to judge this properly because the prophecy is too non-descript for this to be validated, especially given that Chris doesn’t even hold to a specific date that would officially mark the beginning of autumn).
I’d also like to endorse the general sense of what Chris says which is that the British church over the next two decades will:
1) Look radically & shockingly dissimilar to how we currently understand the Body of Christ &
2) This disruption will touch everything that we hold dear
But I strongly disagree that this will be an ecumenical “standing shoulder to shoulder.” (Rather: 1 Corinthians 11:19).
Chris, if you ever happen to listen, perhaps we can exchange notes in the future, but I do not believe that it is preparing the Church for the tribulation that is coming to preach about a post-millennial Golden Age of the Church. This is the wrong trajectory and perhaps one that will most ill-prepare the Bride for the Wedding supper of the Lamb. Please teach your people to long for this above ALL things. We need repentance NOT revival. (Then we might understand what revival actually is).
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