- Religion and Philosophy
The Forgotten Church of The Hedge
I begin this work as an attempt to at least be a voice crying out in a world that seems to be in a hurry to worry and going no where.
I once wrote a song titled, “It Won’t Always Be That Way”.
It was later rewritten and recorded by my recording artist friend Tony Malone of Tennessee.
It speaks of the wrongs in a world that has forgotten God.
It speaks of the sadness of children crying and loved ones aging with their hair turning grey.
The daily news speaks of people taking their life and the life of innocent others.
We hear of mothers leaving their unborn in dumpsters.
There are street people living in card board boxes to get some shelter from the hot sun.
We have old people in nursing homes that have been abandoned because they are no longer useful or able to care for themselves.
Yes, and we have innocent children in hospitals born with Aids and serious diseases from mothers wanting to have a good time.
This gives me the wrong picture when we live in the land of the plenty.
There should be enough blessing to take care of our own.
We have crooked men and women in leadership that are greedy and do not care about the populace at large.
I am sorry but I don’t see anything here to laugh about as some do in services today.
What about the culture around the large mega churches? God did not tell us to build our own kingdom and weld power but he said to let our light so shine before our fellow men that they would see our good works and give glory to God.
God is Watching
Blessed Are The Meek
Strength is what is on the inside of us not what is on the out side.
We can use a good illustration by going to our bath room and looking at a tube of tooth paste.
When you squeeze it, what is on the inside will come out unless it is near empty then you may have to roll it. If we turn everything over to God, He promises to be our strength.
We do not have to be strong in the physical to be strong in the spiritual.
When we have Jesus on the inside, we have all the strength we need in any given situation.
God, my prayer is, bring us back to humility and cause us to not glory in any of our achievements as one that is proud but help us keep our eyes on you the author and finisher of our faith.
Help us to be like Daniel and pray a prayer that will shake a whole empire.
Help us not to glory in anything save the cross of Jesus Christ.
The army of God is soon to march into the face of the enemy and take back what the enemy crept in and stole from God’s people.
I am talking about those who have been hurt in churches mainly because of organizations with their strict denominational rules and unforgiving pastors who fit the category of the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son.
Some of these precious people had fallen into sin and had been cleansed and set free by the power of God but soon met opposition from church elders that informed them that because of their past they no longer qualify to be in ministry.
I am here to tell you by experience that the living God has allowed some of us to get down in the mud and cellars of life to be treated worse than a human should ever be treated because he has some undesirables that we are to meet in this end time push of the Spirit of God to rescue as many as possible from the grasp of Satan.
I am stating that there are people who like the woman at the well, had made plans for their life however circumstances and events acting as a steering wheel sending them on a dangerous path, caused them to end up living on the streets, incarcerated and even divorced.
Man may look down at them from their high seats of judgment and human reason may say that they may have been cleansed but are not worthy to lead, but wait a minute; did not God say the publicans and the harlots would go in to his Kingdom before the rulers filled with pride would get in.
Let’s get real, You have no way of relating to those on the streets or those who have suffered heartbreak through divorce or homeless living under a bridge unless you have been through what these men and women have had to brave.
We can use an example of finding some birds that have become injured and we make every attempt to show them mercy but because we are not on their level by being a bird, they will run from us because to them we are a big monster.
We have people today driving trucks that used to be Bishops, Pastors, Sunday School Teachers, and Church Elders.
Some of these people have completed bible seminary and have had a successful ministry but because of a tragedy in their life like divorce or some other happening, they have been told by some church elder that they are no longer eligible for ministry.
There is a problem here that needs to be addressed and that is this.
There is an anointing on these withered people that is shaking the gates of hell and preachers have went to their graves craving to experience this kind of anointing. I close this with this question?
What did Jesus answer the woman at the well when she said Lord, I have no husband? He said, “You have rightly said that you have no husband”. You have had five not had five ex’s or five living.
I rest my case with a message to the church elders of this ending day of grace.
You had better be prepared because the Forgotten-Church of the Hedge is on the horizon.
Where Do We Start
We are living in the age where we desperately need a spiritual house cleaning to get rid of the confessed sin and ungodliness in Christian leaders.
Thank God, the chorus of my song echoes that when Jesus comes again it’ll all be over, there’ll be no more reason to cry, yes when Jesus comes again it’ll all be over so be ready, keep your eyes on that eastern sky.
I believe that the living God is getting an army together that have been through the storms of life and have been conditioned to meet the enemy on every front.
You will be surprised to find that many of these powerful soldiers of the cross are not very well known by the religious hierarchy of our day.
These men and women have had to fight for every inch of ground gained because of their past mistakes. These men and women have been through God’s school of grace and have their degree.
They have not had anything given to them but they have qualified for it through their training in the field.
Yes, our undesirables who make up the forgotten church of the hedge will be the worship leaders and the leaders of clergy in this last push by the Spirit of God to rescue as many as possible from Satan’s rebellion.
There is a lost and hungry world out there that is looking for answers and we have them.
We have been through the tests of life and gained strength from our battles.
It is time to come out of our comfort zone and seek the Lord with all our heart. When I was in a tent revival this past year in Maine, the Lord revealed to me the secret to revival and that secret is Love and Unity among the brethren.
We must remember that God only dwells in an environment of love.
We need only look at Song of Solomon Chapter 2:15 to find a clear warning that "it is the little foxes (the little sins) that spoil the vine"
I do not know of any greater need in the church today than for the fire and holiness of God to fall.
When I refer to the fire and the holiness of God, I am talking about the manifest presence and glory of the Living God.
I am speaking about the supernatural power that causes natural law to line up with Spiritual law.
I am speaking about services that are more than just nice meetings mixed with good music and good preaching with people leaving more entertained than elevated.
I am speaking about supernatural results that cannot be explained in terms of human effort.
I am speaking about that which man cannot control or program.
That which he cannot manipulate, plan or make happen.
When the fire and holiness of God falls, sin is judged and dealt with thoroughly and uncompromisingly.
I am not just talking about sins of the flesh, but secret sins of the spirit will be exposed as mere operations of the flesh and pretenses will be stripped away.
The souls of men will be laid bare before the gaze of an all-seeing, all-knowing God.
When the true fire and holiness of God falls, there will be a deep conviction and grief over sin come over people and they will see themselves exposed for who they are and not be one to point fingers but cry out from the depths of their soul that "it is not my brother or sister but it is me dear lord standing in the need of prayer".
The intense searchlight of God’s holiness will cause a casual attitude toward sin to be replaced by brokenness and genuine repentance.
I am not speaking about the ordinary but the extraordinary outpouring of His Spirit that reveals His glory in our lives and in His church which this world desperately needs.