Footnote: I am not a cessationist- God does work in the miraculous, and we are not called to complacency. Christians are the voice of truth, ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.’ This is bringing heaven to earth- God’s love and the message of salvation.
To say that the state of the world is a direct result of the saints failing God’s sovereign plan is to say that the saints are in control rather than God. This mindset seems to permeate much of the evangelical world, especially in the realm of the charismatic movement, which seem to think that it is our faith that moves God, rather than God Himself. This ideology refuses to look at the world around and say it is happening just like God said it would. Refusing to accept the suffering of this present age to the point of trying to establish heaven on earth, this reasoning denies the very word of God. Tenaciously holding on to the temporal by focusing on externals, which generally don’t change.
This ideology says, ‘We are not pleased with this arrangement God, and we are not going to wait for what you promised, we want it now!’ I know this sounds like a JD Wentworth commercial, but sadly enough this is how many Christians think. They just can’t seem to get it through their heads that the heart is the heart of the matter with God, and that it’s about the journey with Him, the relationship through thick and thin that He desires. It’s not about the absence or presence of adverse circumstances, it’s about the knowing, the trusting and resting in Him whatever the circumstance. This is the power He wants us to tap into. This is the God He wants us to know….Amen