Launch Editorial by Founder and Director, Stewart Green
Over the last few years, God has placed on my heart a growing desire for the Church to get right with God, to get back to Biblical principles, to seek to understand the time we live in and what is happening in our nation and how we need to take up our biblical mandate to bring about cultural transformation by establishment a gospel centred culture.
I believe we are living in truly significant times. We are seeing prophecies being fulfilled across the globe, regular archaeological discoveries are providing proof of the Bible. God is on the move and Jesus’ return is nearing.
An obsession with being ‘relevant’, ‘accessible’ and ‘inclusive’ has led to the church reflecting society rather than leading society
However, in the church there are big problems. We have become too caught up with religion and religious structures. An obsession with being ‘relevant’, ‘accessible’ and ‘inclusive’ has led to the church reflecting society rather than leading society. As a result often misses the spiritual significance of what is happening in society. In becoming inward looking, we are missing the growing evil and deception in our society.
The chaos, confusion and utter insanity in society is right before us: Babies are being created with three people. Women are being called men, conceiving children by donor sperm, giving birth and then fighting through the courts for the right to be called the father of the child. Pre-born babies are being killed because the parents decide a child is too much of an inconvenience to their careers and sex lives. Legislation has been put through Parliament to tackle extremism which in practice will target believers just as much as the terrorists. The Government has taken the unprecedented step of re-defining marriage, single parent situations are now accepted (and encouraged) as a perfectly normal, even desirable way of life and our children are being sexualised through compulsory sex education beginning in primary school. Editing the DNA of embryos has been legalised and one in twelve adoptions are now to people in same sex relationships.
This all points to a direct disregard to and rebellion against the order of God. On the international scene, Iran continues to be the world’s largest state sponsor of terrorism. Israel continues to receive an incredible level of opposition and faces regular terrorist attacks and the march of ISIS continues with its pernicious ideology making its way onto the streets of London, the result being innocent civilians lying in graves – victims of murderous attacks at the hands of youtube taught home-grown terrorists infected with this demonic ideology.
There appears to be a difference of reality between what is going on in the world and what the church is concerned about
Meanwhile, the church is worrying about whether the pastor’s attire was acceptable last Sunday or if there is a need for a third guitar in the band. There appears to be a difference of reality between what is going on in the world and what the church is concerned about.
This dissatisfaction with and frustration over this situation led me to pray earnestly and seek God’s will for the church and the nation. God heard my cry, he saw my desire for the church to be awoken and he gave me a calling. A calling to be a watchman for the body of Christ, equipping believers with the prayer tools we need to effectively pray “Your Kingdom come here on earth as it is in Heaven”. He gave me a vision to see the church awakened, restored to Biblical principles and passionately desiring revival for the nation which will lead to the cultural transformation we so desperately need.
Heal Your Land is part of that calling in practice. It is about raising awareness of news, issues and events in this country and around the world that believers need to be aware of, awake to, concerned for and praying about. It is about providing spiritual insight and discernment on key events that we need to be awake to the significance of. The Bible tells us of the Sons of Issachar who understood the times in which they lived and so consequently knew how to act, knew what to do and where to focus their efforts.
God wants us to take up of our mandate as followers of Christ to establish a gospel centred culture in the society of which we are a part
God desires for believers to be in constant communion with him. He so desires for us to not accept what is going on in our nation. He wants us to get back to the simple gospel truths. He wants us to have a heart for revival, a deep desire to see our families, communities, cities and nation transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit. God wants us to take up of our mandate as followers of Christ to establish a gospel centred culture in the society of which we are a part. However, that cannot happen whilst the church is so inward looking and unsure of itself. It cannot happen when the very people God has called to spread the gospel and build that gospel centred culture are too busy burying their heads in the sand. It cannot (and will not) happen if there is no desire for it.
This nation used to have a much closer connection to God. Many of our laws are Christian at root because it is from the Bible that the early lawmakers took their moral code. During the Second World War, the King called the nation to prayer. God heard the prayers of this nation, the advancing German armies turned around and God protected us from invasion. Yet, since then there has been a gradual secularisation of society and a continued move away from these Judaeo/Christian values which has accelerated in the last few years resulting in Christian belief and influence being marginalised in society.
One of the characteristics of God is that he is not forceful, but he will never give up on us because of his unconditional love for us all. God used to be much closer to the centre of our nation. However the country decided (particularly from the 1960s onwards) to go its own way. It decided it did not need God and so God allowed the United Kingdom to go its own way. However, the great news is that God hasn’t gone anywhere. The nation has, but he has not. He is still there, ready and willing to come back to the centre of our nation if we want and desire him to.
If we as believers get back to the central truths of the gospel, proudly proclaiming the infallible word of God, re-focus our attention on what really matters: gaining souls for the Kingdom of Heaven. If we develop a burning desire to see our nation transformed, to see God back at the centre of it, to see men and women across the land giving their lives to Jesus then he will come.
if the church becomes like the world, it will have nothing to offer a dying world
There are many who say the church needs to become more like the world in order to be relevant to the world. But if the church becomes like the world, it will have nothing to offer a dying world that so desperately needs to hear the message of hope, forgiveness and new life that comes only from choosing to profess Jesus as Lord and saviour.
The church is far from dead and it is encouraging that the fastest growing sections are the parts that have refused to compromise. However, to become effective again the church must take some important steps.
First, the church must get rid of the spiritual blindness that has invaded the church and caused it to be largely paralysed.
Second, it must realign its heartbeat to God’s heartbeat.
Third, it must cry out to God with a renewed passion and then we will see just how far our nation has fallen.
Finally, it must renew its focus on the central calling and mandate of every believer to establish a gospel centred culture in society.
It is time for the church to arise, time for us to cast off the shackles, time for us to get back to scriptural truths. We cannot afford to leave it until tomorrow because time is running out and if we miss this opportunity, we might never have another one.
I believe that if there is awakening in the church coupled with personal revival within the body of Christ, then we will see national revival break out, we will see lives transformed and the lost saved.
My prayer is that this ministry of Heal Your Land would be a call to action and a cry for revival and if it in any small way helps to reset the church and bring it back into line with the Word of God, then it will have fulfilled its mission.
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In the next article I’ll go into greater detail about where the church has gone wrong and God’s purpose in establishing this ministry as a means to awakening the Church from its slumber.