I must admit, and even confess I possessed a hopeful optimism some fifteen months ago. Seeing the utter collapse and destruction of the prosperity doctrine, long before it rolled upon America's shores, I hoped that preachers, evangelists, and pastors would finally turn to the one truth that matters, and begin preaching Jesus with fervor and conviction. I reasoned in my heart that other than the stumbling block of preaching prosperity, and the widow of Zarapeth every other sermon, there was nothing keeping what some have labeled the most luminary theological minds of our time from returning to the foundation of the faith, to the nexus of Christianity, and focusing in Him, preaching Him, and encouraging their followers to be more like Him.
My hope dear friends is dwindling. It seems that if you can't preach prosperity in American anymore, the next best thing is preaching sex. Like so many lemmings following each other off the cliff, it seems that most churches in America today have discovered a new replacement doctrine for what was the doctrine of prosperity. Yes, it seems the most relevant and important topic of the day, is not rigtheousness or holiness unto God, it is not being reconciled unto the Father, it is not Christ the way, Christ the truth, and Christ the life, but intimacy in the bedroom.
Never mind the fact that God is under siege in this country, never mind the fact that the darkness continues to encroach upon the light unhindered, never mind the fact that now is the opportune time to present Christ to those who are on the brink of despair and hopelessness. First things first, yep, reigniting the flames of passion in the bedroom.
How could we not be called to account for our foolishness? How could we not be called to account for squandering the opportunity to sow the seed of God's word into people's hearts? How could we not be called to account for dismissing and marginalizing Christ in what is to be His temple?
If some of you think it's bad now, as the old saying goes, you haven't seen anything yet.
A friend e-mailed me the other day, and said, 'I'm starting to see why you were so anxious to move back to Romania.' My response to him was succinct and to the point, 'not yet my friend, you haven't seen it yet.'
It seems the 'alarmists' and the 'doom and gloomers' really weren't that off the mark after all, and this is just the drizzle before the storm, the foreshadowing of what is to come.
I do not write these lines to cause fear in any one's heart, but to make you aware of the season you are living in, and as always beseech you to put your hope and trust in He who is able to protect, provide and comfort.
As a nation we are quickening our pace away from God, wanting nothing do with His nature or His will, but still desiring the abundance of His blessing. We trust in our own wisdom, intelligence, and savvy, all the while denying the fact that if God's hand of blessing is removed, nothing we do as individuals will alter the outcome. There is only one hope, and that is true repentance, true brokenness before God, humbly coming to the foot of the cross, and surrendering our all. Will we as a nation do this? I think you already know the answer to that.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.
Postscript: Yesterday I took my little brother Daniel to the airport, as he is returning to Romania. All the guests are gone, and I will have more time to post more often.