The Tremendous Need For Turnover

June 30, 2015

Allen Michael Rea | Pastor
Dunn Memorial Baptist Church, Baxley, GA

In Acts 17, Paul’s reputation precedes him. He arrives in Thessalonica and preaches for three weeks. Just as whenever and wherever the Gospel is preached, some believed and some did not. The unbeliever is scarcely docile. These unbelieving Jews are envious, because all those Greeks left the synagogue and they start up a riot. Why did they gather a mob? Simply due to the fact that their numbers dropped. Numbers are no sign of God’s favor or lack of God’s favor. Paul and Silas are likely being protected, so Jason takes the brunt of the punishment. They drag him down the street for a little mob justice. They take him to the rulers of the city where they make two accusations: These men have turned the world upside down, and will do the same here. Matters are even worse because their allegiance is not to Caesar but another king–Jesus.

I am full of sorrow and anguish that these accusations would never be made today. The world has turned the church upside down. The modern church has not the spiritual strength to turn over a gumball, much less the world. Oh, how our churches are so highly adorned but little anointed! We sing the same songs as the world, watch the same movies, dress the same, and read the same books! The Jews knew with Paul in town, nothing would ever be the same. Two men preaching for three weeks caused this kind of mob. We have over 30 Southern Baptist churches in two counties; yet, no one is dragging us down the street making this kind of accusation. What has changed? Christians are undisciplined, undevoted, and uninterested.

This mob knew that the allegiance of these Christians was not with Caesar but with Jesus. The U.S. government is free and will pass any law they deem necessary; however, I have news for them: our primary allegiance is not to the red, white, and blue, but to the crimson tide that flowed down Calvary. We serve another King. Our King is coming! Caesars and presidents come and go, but the Lord Jesus will reign forever.

There is a tremendous need for turnover. Beloved, we must repent and get right with God! If we do not turn the world upside down with the Gospel, then the world will go to hell. Let us endeavor, with open Bibles on bended knees of prayer, with lips sharing Jesus, to see these accusations made again.

Father, turn us over, that we may be empowered through your Spirit to turn this world upside down once again!In Jesus Name,  Amen.

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Max

“Oh, how our churches are so highly adorned but little anointed! We sing the same songs as the world, watch the same movies, dress the same, and read the same books!”

Yes, churchmen are more annoying than anointed these days … carnal has set in. When we should have agonized, we organized. I’m old enough to remember when churches across this land were counter-culture to the world … now we are a sub-culture of it. POTUS had one thing right “America is not a Christian nation.” The laws of our land have liberated evil. The greatest need of the hour is for God’s people to humble themselves, pray, repent, and seek God’s face. Will we? If not now, when?

    Scott Shaver

    Yes of course…..”our churches can’t turnover spiritual gumballs”.

    I submit that the only repository of spiritual power left on earth in the name of Jesus Christ is found in the local church.

    Sure ain’t coming out of Washington, Nashville, the ERLC or baptist preachers constantly pointing the finger of condemnation at their local congregations.

    ERLC is a sub-culture of Washington. Churches members have been GORGED with with popular culture by their pastor/gurus and building programs and “marketing” and media budgets until you can’t tell the difference between a megachurch with Starbucks or a shopping mall with Starbucks.

    Pound the people in your pews if you want preachers….who helped the sheep arrive at the sorry state they’re in?

      Max

      “I submit that the only repository of spiritual power left on earth in the name of Jesus Christ is found in the local church.”

      Agreed. There is a sleeping giant in the pew. The problem is that the masses have a form of godliness, but have denied that power. On the other side of widespread repentance in local churches across America lies a tremendous reservoir of spiritual power. This is a spiritual battle we are in. We’ve got power, folks … we need to use it! Read the red and pray for power (better yet, read the whole Book while you are at it) … grid up your loins with Truth and power – you’re going to need it in the days ahead. Individual Christians need to sharpen their own swords in the Word and prayer, even if their leaders in the pulpit and in high places are distracted by the debate over teachings and traditions of men.

Max

Brother Rea, your article reminded me of a Christian music group popular in the days before you were born. One of their songs “Living Life Upside Down” contained the following lyrics. Google it if you’ve never heard it. They also had a verse in the song eluding to abortion (many radio stations would not air it for that reason). After last week’s SCOTUS decision, they would probably add another verse.

“You say we’ve risen to a new age of light
You’re telling me what used to be wrong is now right
But I say, I say
What if we’ve fallen into the bottom of the well
Thinking we’ve risen to the top of a mountain
What if we’re knocking at the gates of hell
Thinking that we’re heaven bound”

Allen M Rea

Brother Max,

Thank you for reading and commenting. I applaude your insight. I will Google that song. I am young but Berean nonetheless. I’d rather hear Havner than read Chandler. I’d rather read Rogers than hear Warren. I’m seeking out the “old paths”. May God grant your request to bring repentance to God’s House and then to the court house.

    Max

    Brother Rea, don’t let your generation and their leaders persuade you that the “old paths” were traveled by those who lost the real gospel. The men you mentioned and countless others spoke Truth as they were led by the Spirit. Pray, seek wisdom for your ministry, and tune-out the noise to preach popular theology. Not only are these days to be Berean Christians, but to be men of Issachar who understand the times and know what to do.

    P.S. I remembered the name of the group that sang that song – they were called Truth. Google “Truth” and “Living Life Upside Down”

Allen Rea

Brother Max,

Thank you for your wisdom, advice,and encouragement. There are still many young preachers that have not bowed the knee to popularity. I have the obligation to preach what is right. I have no desire to preach what is popular. Blessings!

Reagan Marsh

Good words. I appreciate your heart for the Word, the church, and Christ. Stay the course! Grace to you. –RM

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