My Vision for a National Jesus Revolution

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Dr. Brown gives an update on the NY City radio rally, shares his vision for how America can be impacted by the followers of Jesus living revolutionary lives and then reviews the 10 Commitments for a Jesus Revolutionary. Listen live here 2-4 pm EST, and call into the show at  (866) 348 7884  with your questions and comments.

 

Hour 1:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: Don’t look to the rest of the Church and everyone else and talk about what everyone else needs to do.  Look in the mirror and say God here I am, use me, send me.

 

Hour 2:

Dr. Brown’s Bottom Line: It is not so much a matter of us waiting for God, for some mystical moment when He will just one day move.  It is a matter of God waiting for us and I believe he says to you and to me, “What are you waiting for?”

 

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4 Comments
  1. I once was a member of a (violently) persecuted church and saw how this tests the Christian’s commitment.

    As our church attendance dropped by half or more, my wife and I had to decide whether to keep attending. An even harder decision was whether to expose our precious small child to violence.

    Did persecution cause a revival among our church? No, but it was a growing and testing experience.

    In my observation, the biggest challenge is ones own response to violence. Do you love or hate your enemy when the violence is real? Do you turn the other cheek or respond with violence?

    I think this is why is is very important to not neglect the peace teachings of Jesus which are often not welcome in our self-defense oriented society.

    When/if persecution comes, will American Christians reach out for their guns or reach out in love to their persecutors?

  2. Dear Michael& Friends,
    Great program, excellent topic! While I don’t consider myself a prophet, for over 3 decades I have believed and spoken (informally) about the fact that persecution is necessarily coming to the church in America. I feel there is an urgent, near desperate need for the church to wake up to this reality and begin to reckon with it. My conception of reckoning–or coming to terms– with this fact is perhaps best expressed in threefold fashion.

    1) TRUTHFULLY – The church needs to openly recognize, acknowledge, and instruct–through teaching, preaching, and other modes of promulgation–the fact that persecution is a promised reality of Scripture for true believers: “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Tim 3:12); cf. Psalm 34:19; John 15:18-20; Act 14:22; 1 Peter 4:12-13, etc. A people unawares is a people easily overcome. Personally, I am more troubled by the fact that the church in America is not being persecuted than if it were. This, to me, indicates one or more of a few things: the postmodern westernized church is lethargic, compromised, insipid, ungodly/worldly, deceived, or outright apostate. Satan need not war against an enemy who is no real threat–and perhaps even a help–to him. It is high time for the body of Christ to awaken from its slumber, be watchful, and strengthen the things that remain. (Rom 13:11; Rev 3:2).

    2) MENTALLY/PSYCHOLOGICALLY – a. We as believers need to begin developing helpful ways of thinking and talking about the practical implications of–and Christianly pragmatic ways in which we should respond to–antichrist persecution. b. In so doing, we will at once be preparing (fortifying) our hearts for the psycho-emotional trauma that will attend the more severe forms of Christian persecution. Of course ultimately our psychological fortitude and emotional soundness is and will be dependent upon the effectual grace and ministry of the Holy Spirit. That said, we should as well be actively participating with the Spirit in the preparation of our hearts and minds for things to come.

    3) SPIRITUALLY – Most importantly, we as followers of Christ need to be preparing ourselves spiritually for the coming persecution. This we must do by divorcing ourselves from (putting off) the old man (Rom 6:6; Col 3:9)and putting on the new (Rom 6:4, 11, 13; Col 3:10); by dying to self (Mark 8:34; Gal 2:20) and to the things of the world (James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17), “setting aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us” (Heb 12:1). We must become a people committed to prayer and fasting, personal and corporate worship, and the diligent study and proclamation of God’s Word. Finally, though not exhaustively, if we are going to properly endure and benefit from persecution (which is the will and purpose of God), we must become a people willfully obedient to the Word and Spirit of God. For even Jesus–the Son of God–Himself, our High Priest example and forerunner, “learned obedience from the things which He suffered” (Heb 5:8). Thus, let us be led by the Spirit moment-by-moment, and walk in the Spirit day-by-day. By these things and more we can and must prepare ourselves spiritually for the persecution that is both just around the corner and already here.

    As to the particular question of the broadcast: whether persecution is necessary for spiritual revival to occur in America, I would agree with Dr. Brown and others that it is not necessarily so. Certainly God could and may well use it to produce the desired end, but it appears that the First and Second Great Awakenings were not precipitated by specific Christian persecution but rather occurred as a sovereign move of the Holy Spirit attended by or in response to concerted prayer and Spirit-empowered preaching.

    What I am more certain of is that antichristian persecution is coming to America, and this coming persecution will:

    1) Have a kind of sanctifying (setting apart) effect on the church:
    a. in the personal lives of true believers;
    b. within the body of Christ (lopping off of dead branches, sifting of chaff from wheat;
    c. of the church itself from the world–the nature and character of each becoming more clearly defined.

    2) Break down the denominational walls by which Satan has so effectively prevented unity of Spirit and oneness of mind in the body of Christ. A kingdom divided against itself cannot stand, and for too long we have allowed non-essential theological doctrines and traditions of men to render the church substantially impotent against the kingdom of darkness. When antichristian persecution breaks out in earnest upon the American Church, true believers are going to care less whether their fellow suffering saint is a Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Presbyterian, or Pentecostal; Cessationist or Charismatic; Calvinist or Arminian. These non-essential differences will drop away, praise be to God! when we are collectively persecuted for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I suspect that our cessationist brethren may drop the position altogether when they begin to witness in America the kind of miraculous events occurring presently in countries where our brothers and sisters in Christ are currently enduring persecution. Praise be to our great God, who is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

  3. Thank you, David.
    And I know that you live out all these things,
    so I always listen to what you say, because I
    know God is the one who showed you these things.
    your wife,
    Andree

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