An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
As soon as all the kings who were beyond the Jordan in the hill country and in the lowland all along the coast of the Great Sea toward Lebanon, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, heard of this, 2 they gathered together as one to fight against Joshua and Israel. 3 But when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done to Jericho and to Ai, 4 they on their part acted with cunning and went and made ready provisions and took worn-out sacks for their donkeys, and wineskins, worn-out and torn and mended, 5 with worn-out, patched sandals on their feet, and worn-out clothes. And all their provisions were dry and crumbly. 6 And they went to Joshua in the camp at Gilgal and said to him and to the men of Israel, “We have come from a distant country, so now make a covenant with us.” 7 But the men of Israel said to the Hivites, “Perhaps you live among us; then how can we make a covenant with you?” 8 They said to Joshua, “We are your servants.” And Joshua said to them, “Who are you? And where do you come from?” 9 They said to him, “From a very distant country your servants have come, because of the name of the Lord your God. For we have heard a report of him, and all that he did in Egypt, 10 and all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon the king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, who lived in Ashtaroth. 11 So our elders and all the inhabitants of our country said to us, ‘Take provisions in your hand for the journey and go to meet them and say to them, “We are your servants. Come now, make a covenant with us.”’ 12 Here is our bread. It was still warm when we took it from our houses as our food for the journey on the day we set out to come to you, but now, behold, it is dry and crumbly. 13 These wineskins were new when we filled them, and behold, they have burst. And these garments and sandals of ours are worn out from the very long journey.” 14 So the men took some of their provisions, but did not ask counsel from the Lord. 15 And Joshua made peace with them and made a covenant with them, to let them live, and the leaders of the congregation swore to them.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. 15 So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
The first three centuries of Christianity consisted largely of a grassroots movement that was growing and growing under the persecution of Rome.
In 313 Emperor Constantine converted and declared Rome Christian producing:
- A special day on which to meet: Sunday
- A class of clergy: Priests
- Buildings as centers of worship: Temples & Cathedrals
- New found fame, power, and riches
- Produced extra-apostolic teaching doctrines: prayer to saints, veneration of Mary, inerrant central church leader (Pope), baptism of babies, etc.
This and modified forms of this have been the norm for 1700 years of church history unless the church existed in cultures of persecution or new testament revelation which always led to first century church practices.
The church prospered spiritually under persecution for three centuries.
Then the enemy engaged the “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” strategy.
Instead of killing them physically he would endeavor to kill them spiritually by sedating them with “disempowering religion” which transformed the larger body of Christ into a paralyzed consumer based audience rather than a disciple driven missional family.
In the 4th century the unstoppable grassroots movement became rich, powerful, and popular and had a fundamental change of DNA that was man-led not Spirit-led.
I declare to you that pockets of restoration, caused by persecution and revelation, will become a global restoration that will accelerate mission to warp speed and thus rapidly bring the end of the age.
Question: will we agree with this global restoration in our day and experience??