For more about the City Church, read this - Explanation and Justification for the City Church
Well, that question may best be answered by walking through with us the questions we asked that got us here.
Starting with this one:
Is this all
there is? Is this
BEST we can do?
Can this really
be what Jesus intended?
listening to God and doing the will of Jesus - then how did we get to
33,000 denominations, massive waste, billions in fraud per year, 50%
of pastors addicted to porn, practically no demographic or
attitudinal differences between us and the general population,
millions migrating away, the youth nearly completely lost to culture,
etc.? (See the Scary Stats page.)
If God isn't in
charge, then whose idea must it have been to make it like this?
Who benefits most?
to miracles, healing, casting out demons, raising the dead, speaking
in other languages and stuff like that?
So why did we
give up our best weapons? Why do we mock the gifts of the Spirit?
It's like if we were still in the Cold War with Russia and they decided to paint all their tanks pink and staff them with cute, fluffy girls in bikinis. They'd print calendars, it would be in the press all over the world, and every horny boy in America would have a picture of the Russian Tankgirls on his wall. Before you know it, we wouldn't be able to staff our own tanks because all the servicemen would be embarassed to serve in tanks because "tanks are for girls". Then we start cutting back defense spending on tanks and then eliminate them altogether because we don't think the Russian Tankgirls are a threat and we can't staff our own tanks anyway because everybody is too embarassed of the connotation against their manhood. Then Russia starts a land war, paints their tanks green again, puts beefy, hairy Russian guys in them - and we're in big trouble!
If there is a giant move of God and satan wants to neutralize it, all he has to do is have people like Benny Hinn endorse it and co-opt it. Then nobody will want to touch it. We're such stupid sheep. We gave up all our best weapons! Well, I want them back!! I'm sick of pop guns, I want a Cruise Missile and some Bunker Busters!! I want to see some people getting raised from the dead in Liberty, Missouri!! Why not? It's happening in other places.
happened to caring for the poor, hungry, sick and in prison?
Aren't these on the final exam? (Matt. 25
and the goats?!)
So, how much of the available income to our church structures is being diverted toward the poor and hungry and lonely and in prison? Probably less than 3%. Hard to say exactly, but it's tiny. That can't be good, you know, what with a final judgement coming where we're going to have to answer for all this stuff. Maybe we could change direction? Please?! Just ask yourself this, "If Jesus was personally in charge of the church budget, how much would HE spend on the hungry, naked, homeless and lonely?" If you think He would buy a chandelier instead, then you don't know Jesus very well at all. Sorry, there's just no nice way to say it.
to hearing the voice of God? What happened to being led by Him only?
So are we just
proposing ANOTHER "non-denominational" church?
So what do we
do to turn this around?
How exactly we're going to turn it around took a lot of praying and seeking God - and lots of repenting and obedience. It may require visual aids to fully explain. You see, in order for God to pour out His blessing and manifest glory, the vessel has to be in proper divine order and under His headship. It has to be operating according His design and not it's own plans and intentions. And there is a progression that has to be observed. You can't take shortcuts. Of course, the enemy knows this, so he's tried to derail all of the steps along the progression so that we couldn't make any progress. And, he was very efficient and effective. We cannot proceed on the path we are on and expect God's blessing because we're NOT on God's path. That is, we're built on the wrong foundation, so anything we build will crumble.
There is a required progression and it goes like this:
First, I get my own heart in order and under His headship. That means repentance, commitment to Him as Commander, walking in holiness and seeking Him only. Then I fix my marriage by getting it functioning according to His design and in obedience, then my home. Then all of the people that have accomplished THOSE start working on the Body of Christ in their town and get them acting as one body and in obedience. Then when the towns (the Body of Christ, not the real estate) get some critical mass, they start taking their state (or province), then their country, then the world. You CANNOT skip a step!!
So, why isn't this happening? There are certainly people who have their own lives and homes in order and under His headship. The enemy has been pounding away trying to divide families and enslave the people to sins of all kinds and has been very effective - but there are still those who haven't bowed their knee to the gods of the world. But, as near as we can tell, there are NO towns in divine order. There is a Body of Christ in every town, but they are divided up in little pieces all over and a divided house cannot stand. The strongholds and principalities of darkness that have responsibility for each town cannot be opposed by one person, it requires a body in divine order. Since none of the Local Bodies are in divine order, the strongholds can't be pulled down. We give them legal ground when we corporately continually violate Galations 5:19-21. Since the towns are out of order, you can hardly expect that the states and countries could be right either.
So how do we restore
the City Church in our town?
Then you assert your rights as the Body and repent on behalf of the Body of Christ in your town and you hit your faces and wait on the Lord for the next step. In Romans 12, we offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable. It's the same here. You repent on behalf of the Body (should be plenty to repent for) and ask for its restoration and strengthening -- even to the very expense of your own souls (See Exodus 32:31-32, Romans 9:2-4, and the very nature of Jesus) and then you wait on the Lord for direction. You offer it as a living sacrifice - that means that you put it up on the altar and wait. You're the sacrifice. The sacrifice doesn't get to decide anything. It just lays there and waits. When God is ready, what He will do with the sacrifice is force it to stop conforming to the world, THEN it will be transformed by the renewing of it's mind and THEN it will know what is the perfect pleasing will of God and it can get to work.
This is NOT about building another new church building - God forbid! Or even having any structure that is recognizable to Man. It's just asserting the FACT that there IS a Body in your town (whether large or small) and that it needs to unite; set it's face like flint; get fully armored up against the enemy - and STAND. Then you can pray that blind eyes will see and deaf ears will hear and you can BE Jesus to the rest of the town. See Isaiah 58 - if you free the captives, break the chains, lift the yokes, feed the hungry, clothe the naked then He WILL turn and answer you and a bunch of good stuff happens - including rebuilding the walls on the ancient foundations (which is JESUS, not Man).
But as long as the Bodies are divided up all over town, the enemy has won. Read Judges 6. We cannot go to war against the rest of the world and expect God's blessing while there is still an altar of Baal in our own backyard. First you convert the altar back to the proper worship of God and THEN you go take on the big battle. And Gideon didn't have to fix every single altar to Baal in Israel, just the one in his own house.
(For more about the City Church, read this - Explanation and Justification for the City Church)
How do we find
in our town?
The main thing is that we have a lot to make up for, so if we start identifying those with the needs that are on the final exam (hungry, poor, naked, lonely, etc.) and we start meeting those needs in a big way (especially for Brethren), it will attract attention. But you have to be willing to proceed, even if no one else helps. Jesus went to the cross by himself. If you want to be like Jesus, you have to be willing to walk it alone.
We've made up some t-shirt designs that are so different than the norm, folks will have to pay attention. And nobody will wear them unless they are serious. For example, our "Need Prayer? Just Ask." shirt requires that you be willing to stop whatever you're doing, wherever you are and pray for someone AND know the right thing to pray. Are you really willing to completely snarl up a Walmart if God wants to start healing people? Are you willing to be late for work so a stranger can cry on your shoulder? People may not want to go to church and tithe, but nearly everyone will take some prayer. See the shirts here - cafepress.com/churchofliberty . (We don't make anything on these. They are printed on demand with no setup or screen charges! So the designs can be personalized to fit your town.) We've also been directed to work on resource exchanges to redirect the excess goods of those with too much to get them to those who have needs. And who knows what else is coming? God is very creative. The Church of Liberty has also been given a vision by God to build a massive computer network that will allow the Body of Christ in every town everywhere to link up in amazing ways and coordinate resources. More on that soon. (If you're a computer geek, we could really use your help!)
So what could
happen if we take our towns?
If we create new wineskins that are pure and have no trace of leaven in them, then God will pour out his New Wine. He desperately wants to renew and restore His Church, but will not pour His full strength and power into our broken down old wineskins. What we need is transformation and that only comes when we stop conforming to the world - and like it or not, right now the institutional church system is sold out to the world. After transformation and renewal we can walk in His presence and know His will on all things and we can OBEY. Then I think we'll start to see Him express Himself in some big, attention-getting ways like the miracles other countries are seeing. When we take the towns, then we begin to free the captives and the workers (and the assets) begin to show up for the final harvest.
Oh yeah! And you can expect persecution to immediately begin once you commit to this path. So you better be willing and know what you're getting into. Better yet, be wishful and hopeful that persecution will come! If persecution comes because we are being more like Jesus (which is what He said would happen) then, serious persecution in the West is long overdue!!
Ready to restore your town for Jesus and put it back the way it was supposed to be all along? Even if you have to do it alone? We want to know who and where you are.
Although we're just getting started ourselves and have no staff and no budget - if you need it, we can provide websites, email, t-shirts designs, discussion boards, etc. until you get on your feet.
Even if you're not ready to take on your town yet, but you're willing to help us, we could sure use you. This is going to get completely crazy and it's going to go REALLY fast!
Just in case you didn't get all that, on Pentecost Sunday God released us to publish this website to the internet and begin getting the word out.
If we're still being too subtle for you, try this:
The New Song starts NOW! Praise God!! It's right on time.
wear this? The most Jesus-like
Christian t-shirt we could design.
And much more