Get Some Guts!
Earlier in 2012 there was a revival happening. I was unaware of this revival because I was busy studying God’s Word, but apparently, it was awesome. This revival was given the name the “Code Orange Revival”. The church hosting this “move of God” was Elevation Church out of North Carolina. The church is pastored by Steven Furtick. There was some buzz around this revival, in fact, this is what the website for the revival says:
Online, the Code Orange Revival was viewed over 350,000 times in 138 countries on six continents by over 130,000 people. Over 25% of these visits were on mobile devices. Hundreds of people reached out for prayer and shared stories of life change and salvation from all over the world.
Over 35,000 tweets were sent with the hashtag #CodeOrangeRevival, generating over 12 million impressions on Twitter. Over 9,000 people have shared the Elevation Network and the presentation of the Gospel with their friends on their social networks.
Thousands of people watched the revival and hundreds of people asked for prayer or shared their stories. It was a big deal to many people. What created so much buzz? Well, I have no idea. The Gospel was hardly proclaimed, but there were some big names scheduled to speak at the 12-day event, which might have something to do with it. Some of those names are:
- T.D. Jakes
- Craig Groeschel
- Christine Caine
- Israel Houghton
- Ed Young, Jr.
- Perry Noble
- Kevin Gerald
For those familiar with these speakers you know the twisted theology and doctrine that they teach. You know that they do not preach the whole counsel of God. Rather, they preach about how great you are and because of this, they miss Christ. Listen to what Kevin Gerald said at the “Code Orange Revival”:
I have peers, I have friend in ministry who are concerned about believers being built up and encouraged a whole lot. That, you know, believers think a little bit too much about and get a little too puffed up. I just want to tell ya that I don’t share fear that some of my friends in ministry have. I actually feel a deep concern for the complete opposite. And, and here’s why because sin left it’s mark of shame and condemnation by the power of what is called inherited iniquities from one generation to another. And my concern is that people, like you and me, would value the value that God places on us, and we would underestimate who we are. You know when I read Ephesians…and I start off in chapter 1 I see that he blessed us. He chose us. He’s lavished his love on us. He predestined us. (laughing)…I’m not worried, I know there’s a few people that might need, I mean, they’re such a minority, there’s a few people that might need to have their pride held in check. But, I’m not nearly as concerned about that, as I am about men and women not understanding who God made us to be. He crowned us, he crowned us with glory.
This is common stuff among many of the people on the list above. It is all about how awesome you are. Sure, there is a little God sprinkled in, but the only “sin” they talk about is something that your relatives gave you. You will hardly ever hear that you are a sinner in need of a perfect savior. Well, there was one speaker who stepped up to the plate and hit a grand slam. His name? Matt Chandler. When he took the stage he blew this self-centeredness out of the water:
Then, he gave a clear and unmistakable Gospel message:
Matt Chandler was ignored by Steven Furtick after his message. In fact, Chandler’s message was supposed to be re-broadcasted twice that night but was not allowed to be played. Matt Chandler had guts and we should take note. We are always being hushed by ourselves when we want to share the Gospel. We are often met with hostility when we preach the Gospel. We are often persecuted for the Gospel. Regardless of how we feel or what happens, we need to stand.
Get some guts!
Thanks for reading.
You can check out the full video of Matt Chandler’s sermon here: “God is About God“.