Friday, March 11, 2011

Where Is The Lord God Of Elijah?

Where Is The Lord God Of Elijah?

In 2 Kings 2:14, when Elisha reached the first obstacle in his ministry he cried “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?”.  As the churches of Jesus Christ become more apostate and worldly, we must take up this cry now more than ever before.  41 years ago on March 3, 1970, Free Presbyterian preacher Ian Paisley preached a message on this very subject.  I’d like to give you the opening statements of his message:

“Brethren and sisters in Christ, the great apostasy is upon us.  All around us today we hear the papal sounds of the papal antichrist and the false prophets of the ecumenical movement.  The churches of Christendom, so called, have apostacized.  And alas, what true churches are left have felt the cold and chilling blast of this adulterous and end time generation.  In mad infatuation for worldly scholarship, worldly attainment, and worldly recognition, these churches have grievously departed from vital and spiritual Christianity.  The prayer altars are forsaken.  Strong doctrinal preaching is forgotten.  Fervent evangelism is largely unknown.  And a blight has settled down on the congregations of the people of God.  To maintain in these days fundamental Bible truth, is to make oneself an oddity.  To cry aloud of everything that savours of Baalism and pernicious idolatry, is to brand oneself as an extremist.  To stand where the prophets stood, to stand where the apostles stood, to stand where the reformers stood, to stand where the Puritans stood, to stand where the great revival preachers of the past generation stood, is to go it alone like Elijah of old.

What does the church of Jesus Christ need in order to successfully and gloriously combat this last end time struggle with antichrist and antichristianity?  We need a double portion of the spirit of God.  Elisha took up the cry ‘where is the Lord God of Elijah?’  I want to take up that cry today in this convention, ‘where is the Lord God of Elijah?’.”

Listen to Paisley’s message here: 

If the modern-day protestant reformer Ian Paisley started the Free Presbyterian denomination to protest the apostate mainline protestant denominations of his day 41 years ago, then you can bet it is worse now!  The very denominations that were started in protest to the Catholic church have long since apostacized and compromised with worldly doctrine and scholarship.  The protestant churches need to be protested!  And the independent Baptist churches are not far behind.

Where is the Lord God of Elijah?

We must take up this cry now more than ever before to stand against the spirit of antichrist.  In the name of Christ, churches are more interested in jamming to drums and electric guitars than praising the name of Jesus Christ as holy and pure.  Christians have fallen prey to the ungodly, self-exalting thinking of evolutionary humanists.  Churches are becoming more new age through Buddhist and Hindu influences.  Christians will take time to exercise their bodies, but not take time to exercise their minds and hearts through the study of God’s Word.  People would rather stay in bondage to a religion that can’t control the perverted desire of priests.  Young people are in love with sex, alcohol, and entertainment.  Christians would rather gossip than preach the word.  Christians would rather spend the effort on making another dollar to fund their idolatrous, luxurious lifestyle than join the fellowship of Christ-honoring believers.

Holy living is criticized as legalism.  Biblical expectations are lambasted as too severe.  The birth pangs of Christ’s second coming are louder than ever before but the world’s pleasures have made Christians too stupid to realize the lateness of the hour.  The call for separation is made, but none heed.  The call for the King’s service is made, but they are too busy listening to their gospel music.  The church has lost the children.  The parents wonder what happened to their kids.  And all along a handful of preachers stand strong on the word calling for faithfulness and devotion to the Scriptures.  But the Christians are too rich, too blessed, too well off to know their spiritual condition.

Only the Lord God of Elijah has the power to clean up the mess of apostasy and worldliness in our homes, churches, and communities.  May God raise up a new generation of godly young people who will stand on the Scriptures as their final authority, and in the power of God’s Spirit will cry effectually and fervently “Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” against the apostasy and worldliness of our day!

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