REVIVAL PREACHER FROM CANADA TAKES AWAY HOPE FROM
DEVOTED PUGET SOUND AREA CHRISTIANS
I guess that there will always be some people who do not respect proper boundaries.
For example, at a conference meeting in SeaTac on Friday night, Joshua Mills, a revivalist and worship leader from London, Ontario, Canada had the opportunity to open up and read from his Bible to a zealous group of true believers gathered there.
Reading from the first chapter of the Book Of Genesis, he intoned. "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." But hold on a minute, does Mills really believe this?
According to the testimony of Mills, he seems to lack the proper respect for the vast differences and the great gulf that separates these two arenas.
Now, everyone should know, at least anyone who has any common sense, that heaven is heaven, and earth is earth, right? But according to Mills and a small group of young new wave revivalists, such a distinction may not be so clear after all.
So where is the respect for the widely-held tradition in Christian circles that heaven is a distant place that faithful Christians pass into when they depart from this earthly life? Until then, according to this well-respected tradition, we must endure the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune and wait until we pass through the grave, after which we will be able to eat our fill of pie-in-the-sky, somewhere in the sweet bye and bye.
But as one of the most visible spokesman for this new theology, Mills seems to think that having visitations of angels and unusual miraculous signs should be a part of our everyday experience.
And although there are many respected Christian leaders that hold fast to the established doctrine of separation of heaven and earth, Mills seems to think that just by singing the songs of heaven found in the Book Of Revelation that the angels will be glad to come and join us.
According to the testimony of Mills, on a recent ministry trip to a location north of the Arctic circle, he taught that if we sing these songs then we will be visited by the angelic host themselves. According to his account, after a season the earthly congregation became silent and a heavenly choir of angels came and took over the task of singing that same chorus in the midst of the congregation.
So what remains of the time-tested distinctions between heaven and earth? According to such a theology as this, any such former distinctions have been virtually erased.
But what is the result of such doctrine? If followed through, then the extra-ordinary becomes ordinary, the unexpected becomes commonplace, and the prevailing atmosphere becomes such that some may not want to wait to go to heaven anymore.
But if in the fact, the Lord of glory and His attending seraphim, and the dimension of His heavenly throne have come into our earthly gatherings, then what hope is left then for our future?
The Apostle Paul prophesied to the church at Corinth that the time would one day come that we would see the Lord Himself face-to-face. At this point, all hope and all faith would pass away and we would be left only with God's divine love.
So, if this is what is happening, then Mills and this new breed of revival messengers are sent here to take away from us that blessed hope. That will leave us without any hope remaining, because faith will have become sight.
At that point, we would be faced with the daily prospect of walking in the realm of God's unending glory, seeing and experiencing angelic visitations and unusual miracles as our daily routine. But I'm sure there were some there last night who are not upset by such a prospect. In fact, these will probably be back at the meeting again tonight to see and to experience what many teach is reserved for heaven alone.
Well, as they say, it's a free country, isn't it? And if this small group of Christians want to live and talk as if somehow Jesus has arrived on the scene with His heavenly host, then I guess that I would not have a problem with that.
Of course, nobody would ever believe that these things are really happening today. At least until others find out. And then we can all kiss our well-worn traditions good-bye, but probably be much happier as a result.
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02 Jan 2006
As a former devoted Puget Sound area Christian, I only have one comment. Perhaps it is time to lay aside the worn-out traditions and search for the TRUTH in His Word. Darts and arrows shot towards others surely will not work.