Seeker Sensitive or Holy Spirit Sensitive and Seeker Loving Churches?

As I mentioned yesterday,
I’m posting another blog from August of 2009 when I attended a seminar that
affected me greatly. God is desiring a fresh move of the Holy Spirit in the
Church and in the world and we must get ready! Enjoy…
As you know, I’m in Gatlinburg, Tennessee attending a
Word and Spirit seminar with Randall Grier. Randall says the Lord spoke to him
in 2007 and told him that a split or division is coming in the body of Christ.
He said there are churches he calls Informational that have come to the forefront in the body of Christ
and that will assert even greater influence in the next year and a half in the
body of Christ. These churches have abandoned the teaching of the Word and the
moving of the Spirit and are following a plan devised by men and not God. I
suppose we could call them seeker sensitive churches, catering to the likes and
dislikes of the audience. People come and go unchanged.
Then Randall says that the Lord told him that there are
what he calls Revelational churches,
or churches that teach the Word strongly and are open to the moving of the Holy
Spirit in their meetings. These churches cater to the presence of God and seek
to make the atmosphere conducive to God’s power manifesting. People are changed
by the power of God in these meetings.
Yesterday, he listed 16 characteristics of Revelational churches:
  1. These churches
are committed to the Word, to Jesus, and to the Holy Spirit
      (1 Timothy
4:13-16).
  2. These churches
teach the Word and refuse to compromise doctrine (Romans 16:7).
  3. They refuse
worldly influences through any person or source (1 John 2:15).
  4. These churches
treasure and seek the Word of God and manifestations of the Spirit
      (Acts 4:
29-31).
  5. Pastors and
church leaders spends lots of time studying the Word and praying
      (Acts 6:
3-4).
  6. The messages
preached in these churches are born in prayer and Study of the
      and not by
group consensus (Galatians 1:12).
  7. Pastors
minister with an anointing and flow in spiritual gifts as the Spirit wills
      (Ephesians
4:11; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
  8. Pastors and
church leaders walk closely with the Lord in thought, word, and deed
      (Ephesians
4:1; 1 Timothy 4:12).
  9. These churches
pray and seek God for everyone to be born again and Spirit filled
      (Acts 2:42;
Acts 8:15).
 10. Church
services are prayed out in advance, and ministers implicitly follow the
       Direction of
the Holy Spirit for the meeting (Mark 16:20; John 5:19).
 11. People are
ministered to and refreshed by the Holy Spirit in these chuches
       (Romans
15:13; 1 John 5:4).
 12. The messages
preached require a response and the people are urged to grow
       Spiritually
(Acts 20:32).
 13. The Fruit of
the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit operate along with ministry gifts
      (Galatians
5:22-24; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Corinthians 12:8-10).
 14. The Word of
God, the Holy Spirit, and Jesus Christ are always welcome in these
       Churches
(Acts 4:29-31).
 15. The Spirit of
truth and the wisdom of God flow freely in these churches
       1
Corinthians 2:12).
 16. These churches
are blessed by God and will eventually grow and flourish because
       Teach the
Word and follow the Lord Jesus and the Holy Spirit carefully
       (Matthew
16:18-19).
Randall declared that we need a new reformation in the
church today, and he urged pastors to minister in an uncompromising way.
I’ll end here with a declaration he had everyone recite:
I will not
compromise the Word of God or the Holy Ghost, and through the Lord Jesus Christ
I exercise authority over the devil and over the influence of the world.

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