Having been in “Christian leadership” for more than 30 years, I have certainly run across many dissenters. It seems there have always been a disproportionate number of disgruntled dissenters in the Christian world. But, in recent years, I am finding more and more sober-minded dissenters in our ranks. It is becoming obvious to many sober-minded Christ-followers that Christianity, as it is expressed in the modern institution, is missing the mark. In fact, some would say we are not just missing the mark; we are missing the entire target. Be that as it may, I’m excited to be hearing so many stable people with prophetic insight declaring the need for change.

If we do see change in the Church, what will be the end result? Reform? Revival? Revolution? Restoration? I, for one, hope we don’t experience any of these. I don’t want to re-do or re-hash what was – glorious as it may have been.  I want the fullness of Christ to fill His church in such a way that there is no room for our human ways to take over.

I believe we are on track toward God’s greatest desire for His Church. The question is this: Can sober-minded people with prophetic insight influence the Church in such a way as to help her learn from history to keep her from repeating her mistakes? I believe we can. The difference I see between the present movement and those of the past is that the number of sober-minded dissenters is growing so rapidly. Nearly 2 million people per year are leaving organized religion without leaving Christ. No one person is leading the movement at this point. Therefore this movement cannot be easily be stopped using the “smite the shepherd and scatter the sheep” method. If the movement continues to gain momentum as it has for the last 20 years or so, our numbers may soon be so strong as to become irresistible. Its likely that a number of significant human leaders will emerge in the coming years, but I don’t see any one person becoming the leader in this movement.

Perhaps, with God’s help, we are about to witness another great demarcation in human history.

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2 Comments to “Faithful Dissenters”

  1. Interesting point you make Wes. I like you am anxious to see what God is about to do in this next season. There are many who’ve been crying out for years for change, for something tangible and real. I try believe their prayers as well as mine, are about to be answered….Praise God!

  2. Motivator says:

    I agree Denise! Get ready! The prayers of the saints are about to be answered in powerful ways! Thanks for the comment.

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