A Nugget from New Life Network
(excerpts from the testimony of Dr. David R Reagan)
Scriptures for the Day Feb. 4, 2019
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. (Hebrews 13:8)
For I am the Lord, I change not; (Malachi 3:6)
I grew up in a church that believed God retired at the end of the First Century when the last apostle died. My church was legalistic and sectarian. We believed we were the one and only true church. We considered the rest of the so-called “Christian world” to be terribly deceived. We consigned them to hell and believed they deserved it because, after all, they didn’t agree with us.
We believed the Bible was the Word of God, but we did not believe in the God who was revealed in the Bible. Our God was a God of Nostalgia. He was the “Grand Old Man in the Sky.” He was a God who once performed mighty deeds in Old Testament and New Testament times – but who ran out of gas at the end of the First Century. He had gone into retirement. The age of miracles had ceased.
If I wanted to experience God, I had to go see a movie like the Ten Commandments, in Technicolor and Panavision, with a cast of thousands. I would sit there in awe as I witnessed Cecil B. DeMille recreate the miracles of God dividing the Red Sea, leading the Children of Israel with a cloud and feeding them with manna. I would drive home with goosebumps, yearning for such a God today – a God of power who was concerned about me and my problems. But I didn’t believe in such a God. My God was an impersonal God who had more important things to worry about than my problems. Furthermore, even if He were concerned, He couldn’t do anything because He no longer intervened in human affairs.
My church had rejected more than the power of God. We had set aside the whole realm of the supernatural. We did not believe in demons or angels. They too had retired at the end of the First Century. We knew nothing about spiritual warfare. We thought our battle was with flesh and blood. We knew nothing about the power of the Word, the power of prayer or the power of the Name of Jesus. Our faith was all past tense – directed at the Cross. Our faith did not relate to the present or the future.
Regarding the present, our attitude was that God had given us a rule book and minds. We were to follow the rules and use our minds to cope rationally with the problems of life. Our faith did not relate to the future because we ignored God’s Prophetic Word. Also, we were caught up in works salvation, and therefore we were all uncertain about our eternal destiny. The future was unknown. We tried not to think about it
Another aspect of our rejection of the supernatural was our treatment of the Holy Spirit. We mainly ignored the Spirit. Our preachers felt that any emphasis on the Spirit would lead to “dangerous emotionalism.” The Holy Spirit was the great taboo topic of our fellowship.
I have found over the past 40 years of ministry that many professing Christians are in the same box I was in for many years, specializing in limiting God. I came to understand that God has never changed – that the miracle-working God of the Bible is the God of today and that His Holy Spirit is still active in the lives of believers, gifting them to serve our Lord and Savior.
(Suggestion: If Dr. Reagan’s testimony describes your church, you need to get out and find a church that believes in the God of Today. We are living in very dangerous times and we need Christians to wake up and understand that we are in a spiritual war. The enemy is real, but so is our God! We have been given the armor of God and gifts of the Holy Spirit to fight this battle but we must wake up and realize that this war is not against flesh and blood.)