We are living in a challenging time... the best of times and the worst of time. These are dangerously exciting times for the Body of Christ!
DANGEROUSLY EXCITING TIMES!
We are living in dangerously exciting times, both within the church and without. The dangers are numerous and include: the rejection of biblical truth; the breakdown of the traditional family; moral relativism; political polarization; the scourge of terrorism, and so-called natural disasters. The list goes on and on.
But the times are also exciting! In many parts of the world, great numbers of people are being transformed by the saving grace of God in Christ. Amazingly, I continue to hear reports of Muslims having dreams and visions of Jesus Christ and subsequently trusting Him as their Lord and Savior.
In The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity, Philip Jenkins says we are living through one of the greatest transformations in the history of religion worldwide. Over the last century, Christianity has enjoyed explosive growth in the global South–in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. By the year 2050, only one Christian in five will be a non-Latino white person, and the center of gravity of the Christian world will have shifted firmly to the Southern hemisphere.
God is moving mightily in this late hour. Jesus Christ is being exalted and much of the Body of Christ is being ignited in the power of the Holy Spirit. What about the church in America? We seem to be comparatively barren and in desperate need of God’s renewing grace. May our fervent prayer be that God not pass us by, even as we call out to the Lord for personal and corporate revival.
The times are dangerous, but the more dangerous it gets, the more excited Christians can get … for God is doing some awesome things around the world in our time.
May the heartfelt cry of the psalmist be ours as well: “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (Psalm 85:6)
Yours in the grace of Christ,
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