The Logical Self-Destruction of Crosslessness

In 2015 Eva Brunne, a lesbian bishop in the Church of Sweden, encouraged churches to take away the cross in order to be more welcoming to people from other belief systems. This has been the strategy of the LGBTQ-affirming churches for more than a generation.

Welcome to the 21st century and Revelation 17.

We’ve actually been here for some time now. This 2015 article reports that a lesbian bishop in the Church of Sweden (there are now several lesbian bishops in numerous denominations world-wide) advocated that Christian churches remove the crosses from their buildings in order to create friendly space where Muslims (and people of other religious faiths) may feel more comfortable to pray.

The article is apparently accurate – but perhaps not as surprising as we might believe. Beloved, where did we think that a generation of neglecting the cross would go?

The fact of the matter is one of the denominations (a denomination that I was a part of for most of my childhood) now openly ordains gay pastors and bishops after telling us for 20 years that they never would. When I was in college and raised the issue to several of the theology profs, I was told that my concerns were “alarmist” and “divisive”. Now these same ones not only bless SSM, they ordain women and men in SSM who don’t believe in the devil; don’t believe Jesus is the only way to salvation, don’t believe in the infallibility of scripture; don’t believe in most of the tenets of the apostle’s creed…

And yet, it really shouldn’t be surprising. In their pursuit of self-affirmation, the liberal LGBTQ-affirming denominations have spent more than 40 years absolutely neglecting Jesus’ call to deny self and take up the cross. You can’t find the message of (Luke 9:23-24) anywhere in the books, seminars or congregational sermons of these denominations. It’s a complete void.

Without a cross, the human soul will embrace the self to our own destruction.

Here’s the salient part…

This is not only where our liberal denominations are. It’s where most of western evangelicalism is heading – apart from taking Jesus words in Matthew 10 seriously: “Unless you take up your cross and follow Me, you are not worthy of Me.” (Matthew 10:38)

This isn’t alarmist, beloved. This is doing the spiritual math.

Evangelicalism might continue to theologically object to LGBTQ, but in our crosslessness, the devil is only too happy to give us something else to embrace that is as equally contra-Christ, and equally destructive.

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JSB • April 25, 2022

Note: I’d like to invite you to join us at Xrucianis (the latin word for “cross-bearer”). This FBgroup is dedicated to encouraging each other in following Jesus through the crucified life. You can find it here… https://www.facebook.com/groups/xrucianis/

Additional note: The Church’s response to the proliferation of the self-determination of lesbianism, same-sex-marriage, bisexuality, transgenderism, queerness and all other forms of sexual deviancy is the Lord’s second judgment toward the Church in America. To read more about the conversation that He is calling us into check out our book “Seek My Face“. Write to us at xaris4u@yahoo.com for your print edition copy.

“Blessed Are Those Who Mourn”

This happened several times last year during our 180 days of #SeekMyFace. I would wake up in the middle of the night – walk down the hall to the prayer room to find Kathy already there, playing before the Lord, or laying quietly at the foot of the stairs – often weeping.

In every case I can recall, we shared the same sense of deep longing love for what was happening in the household of God; in our hearts, our nation and in our region.

This morning, I wish I could say the condition of the Church in America is different. It is not. The pressure has shifted. But we, the people of God have not. When this happens, talking about revival is a feel-good panacea and foolhardy.

From my April 23, 2020 Journal

Up early (even for me). Kathy is in the Prayer room too. Playing before the Lord. The Lord says, “My throne will last forever. What’s happening on the earth isn’t over… Tell Pharaoh and the spirit of Pharaoh that the Lord of the earth says ‘nothing has passed over’. The Church is not bringing forth a lament in her weakness. The plague on the land remains. Rather than humble themselves before Me in prayer, the people cast off restraint and plunge themselves into more hostility – not humility. There is no fear of God before their eyes. I’m the One Who has brought this upon you. I’m the only One you can turn to, with weeping and fasting and repentance unto salvation.”

Lamentations 4 envelopes me in the weeping grief of the Lord. He is extending His wings over the whole earth with longing to gather us together in the shelter of the Most High, and we are not…

Through these weeks of plague, the Lord has been priming the Church, and the inhabitants of the earth to cultivate a fear of the Lord. Instead the Deliverer finds His people at the foot of the mountain fomenting strange fire:

…the fear of government overreach

…the fear of the deceit of nations

…the fear of plague

…the fear of economic collapse

…the fear of media

…the fear of new paradigms

…the fear of political plots

…the fear of foolish leadership

…the fear of kingdom failure

Beloved, in the hour of “tribulation” no one will gain enough information about their world to stave the trouble. The trouble itself is OF THE LORD, and is meant to drive us to the Lord in our weakness and need in humility. The false prophets will give you the information your heart craves – but the Lord detests, even if it should prove true. (Even satan gets prophecy right sometimes) Any word, any dream, vision or concoction in the self-will of man that does not lead the people of God to brokenness and repentance before God is not of God.”

In the time of trouble, He will lead those who give themselves to the fear of the Lord. Those who refuse this wisdom WILL be given to other fears – fears that will not redeem, that will not heal and will not save.

The word of wisdom in this hour, though it seems “off” and “unproductive” is still, “GHEEL WITH TREMBLING!” (Psalm 2:11)

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JSB • April 23, 2021

Why is “Rejoice with trembling” (Psalm 2:11) the Lord’s Word for the Church in America? Get a copy of our book, “Seek My Face: A Guide to Praying Through the Judgments of the Lord“.

The House of Prayer

The prayer room isn’t about us getting what we want. It’s about God getting all of us.

I guarantee you when the Lord confronted Moses, Joshua, Isaiah, Ezekiel, John the Baptist, Peter, James and John, He had their full attention. They were all present to Him – even as I Am was all present to them. This was “face-to-Face consecrating space”. Here they could fully focus on the Lord and His personal Word to them. And in this “holy air” they could deeply give all of themselves in response to the Lord, via kneeling, song, tears, joy, repenting, journaling, travail, dancing, interceding, adoration, beholding and silence.

Right now God is confronting planet earth and urgently bidding 7.4 billion of us to engage Him in life-saving conversation.

We won’t respond to the judgments of the Lord “on the run”. We cannot “multi-task” sanctification. Neither will we grow into first-commandment love through “second-hand” information.

The nations are being shaken. Heaven is opening before us. Hell is swallowing cultures whole. We “need” the atmosphere of God. Period. End of discussion.

All Nations House of Prayer Southwest doesn’t have a Bible study, an evangelistic message, a prophetic word, or a book that isn’t connected to a prayer room. Not one. Not in this hour. No apology.

In light of the reality that over the last 20 years the Lord has caused houses of prayer to grow up like grass throughout the nations the only germane question for the Christian in this hour is not,
“What is your argument against corporate prayer?”
“Why are you fond of houses of prayer?”
or “How generously are you supporting houses of prayer?”

In light of history, in light of the Lord’s promises, and in light of what’s on the earth, the vital, pressing question is this: What’s keeping us from rooting ourselves and our families to the house of prayer?

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JSB • April, 2022

IT’S (STILL) TIME TO REPENT

2022 note from Jon: I wrote the following one year ago; 18 months (October, 2019) after the Lord called our House of Prayer to “seek His Face” (Psalm 27:8) because “the time of trouble” (Psalm 27:5) was coming. After 1700 hours of corporate prayer our House of Prayer released the message found in our book “Seek My Face”. Email me for a free copy. xaris4u@yahoo.com

April 18, 2021

“Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to REPENT, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man Whom He has ordained.” (Acts 17:30-31)

Last year, many prophets marked Passover, as the final day that COVID-19 would ravage America. None had foretold of the plague’s arrival, but now, after failing to predict it’s departure at Holy Week (two weeks prior) they claimed to have heard from God: “It would cease at the end of Passover”. Christian periodicals trumped these false assertions. Millions of believers used these proud statements to bolster their ire against evil forces at work in our world.

On April 17, 2020, the day AFTER PASSOVER Johns Hopkins recorded 4593 Corona virus related deaths.

Instead of ceasing on this date, the date marked a record number of contracted cases, and more deaths than any prior day. I don’t need to tell you where the statistics went after that. The judgment of the Lord has proven to be very “real”; the prophets and their prophecies, very “wrong”.

As we continue in this hour of trouble, it is wise for believers to keep the failure of these prophetic messengers in mind. Many redacted their accounts, shifting their predictions to the day of Pentecost. When those forecasts also failed, many turned their attention to the political firestorms that raged throughout the summer and autumn of 2020. These same soothsayers, declared a landslide victory for the incumbent President – someone who was currying their favor, turning their churches into campaign rallies, and injecting poisonous, contra-Christ rhetoric into the body of Christ. Throughout the rest of 2020 it was primarily his narrative, (and tragically not the Lord’s) that ruled the hearts of millions of evangelicals. Rather than humble ourselves before the Face of our Deliverer, (Isaiah 40:26) we allowed ourselves to get caught up in conspiracies to explain away our need to face our own unrighteous ways. We took up his rage against civil rights, foreigners, political enemies and traitorous allies rather than prayerfully, intently examine the scriptures and let the Holy Spirit identify the sin, rebellion, impurities and worldly attachments in our own hearts.

This continued unabated, for even months after the election, as our indignant Commander-in-Chief, in spite of 72 failed local court cases, the determination of 16 conservative Governors and AG’s, and the assertions of his own cyber-security chief, Attorney General and Vice-President, continued to foment hate-filled storylines to explain away the embarrassment of his defeat.

And through it all, the failed prophets of spring, became the failed prophets of the fall, became the failed prophets of winter. In spite of a string of endless prayer rallies, feverish prayer initiatives and bogus endeavors to counter the alleged election fraud, their champion left office after a pathetic, yet violent insurrection attempted to keep him in power at the final stroke of midnight. Every step of the way, encouraged and not discouraged by the prophets.

“And many false prophets will appear and deceive many.” (Matthew 24:11)

“Your prophets saw visions for you that were worthless whitewash. They failed to expose your sin so as to restore your fortunes. They saw oracles for you that were worthless lies.” (Lamentations 2:14)

“The prophets prophesy lies.The priests exercise power by their own authority. And my people love to have it this way. But they will not be able to help you when the time of judgment comes!” (Jeremiah 5:31)

The poison that gave rise to the many, many false prophecies in 2020 still courses through the veins of our body in 2021 – greatly undiagnosed, ignored and even justified by many. Over the past three months the urgency has receded. The spirit has returned to a mode of pretense. But the same proud spirit refuses to hear; refuses to bend; refuses to come near the Lord’s circumspect gaze, and refuses to turn from its wicked ways.

What was 2020 all about?

I’ve written, but more importantly prayed, a great deal about what the Lord is/was speaking to the Church over this past year. The most simple way to state it is “2020 was about the Lord arresting the Church’s attention, inviting millions of saints, churches and ministries to ‘reason together’ with Him in His tent of meeting over the state of our heart, and the nature of our ways.” In a word, the Lord is judging His household and calling us to repentance.

“Our Christian walk is an ongoing refining process. The Lord loves us too much to leave us where we are today. Our spiritual intention (where we want to be in our depth of love and biblical understanding) matters, but He wants to show us our reality—which is our present condition. The Lord wants to wake us up to our real condition so that we can deal with it in light of His truth and grace. He has plans to take us places richer and deeper than we’ve ever known.” The International House of Prayer Kansas City

Now, four months into 2021, the Church that was embroiled in false prophecy, self-justification, and hostile idolatrous nationalism continues with the same poison in her veins, believing that they are all the more persecuted for their own righteousness sake; unmoved by the pressures that the Lord is putting on their heart; and while still raging with accusatory anger, are plying God’s favor to receive the ascendency of revival within their old, corrupted wineskins. It is as ludicrous today, to believe the Lord will pour out new wine in this hour as it was to believe the Lord was going to abruptly crush the plague without the people of God giving ourselves to repentance last spring.

The Lord is delivering His people from this wicked, evil age, and we, the body of Christ in America are intent on bringing all of our idols with us while we mock, condemn and disparage the wicked culture we’re leaving behind.

The Lord will not have His Bride this way. If we’re intent on remaining in this condition, He will let us, but He will not have “us”. He is the Lord.

The fact that He is Lord means He calls the shots. He determines our way. He leads. We follow. He calls. We respond. To press Him for blessing and more power in an hour when He’s calling us to abase ourselves and repent of the way we’ve been using our power is an insurrection spirit. It’s telling the Lord, we will have Your Kingdom our way.

It’s that serious.

When Jesus rebuked the “rich” Church at Laodicea (Revelation 3) as “poor, wretched, blind, naked, and miserable” they understood that they needed to stop investing in their old definition of wealth and repent before they would be able to “sit with Jesus on His throne”.

In Isaiah 1 the prophet declares the summons of the Lord to a people who had equal problems hearing the clear voice of the Lord:

2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth! for the Lord has spoken: 3 “I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me; 4 The ox knows its owner and the donkey its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, My people do not consider.” 5 Alas, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a brood of evildoers, children who are corrupters! 6 They have forsaken the Lord; they have provoked to anger the Holy One of Israel; they have turned away backward. 7 Why should you be stricken again? You will revolt more and more. 8 The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faints. 9 From the sole of the foot even to the head, there is no soundness in it, but wounds and bruises and putrefying sores; they have not been closed or bound up, or soothed with ointment. 10 Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire; strangers devour your land in your presence; and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. 11 So the daughter of Zion is left as a booth in a vineyard, as a hut in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. 12 Unless the Lord of hosts had left to us a very small remnant, we would have become like Sodom, we would have been made like Gomorrah. 13 Hear the word of the Lord, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah: 14 “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?” says the Lord. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed cattle. 15 I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs or goats. “When you come to appear before Me, who has required this from your hand, to trample My courts? 16 Bring no more futile sacrifices; incense is an abomination to Me. 17 The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies – I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting. 18 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; they are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them. 19 When you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you; even though you make many prayers, I will not hear. 20 Your hands are full of blood. “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, and learn to do good; seek justice, rebuke the oppressor; defend the fatherless, plead for the widow. 21 Come now, and let us reason together,” says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool. 22 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword”; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken. (Isaiah 1:2-22)

It would have been one more sign of their self-indulgent ways for the Israel to seek the Lord’s provision for their conferences and worship festivals while He was calling them to “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.”

At Sinai (Exodus 32), when God confronted Israel with her idolatry the people understood they’d go no further toward the promised land until they repented and let the Lord remove the cultural adultery from their midst.

The Lord is calling the Church in America to respond to His judgements. It’s time to repent. Any other course of action, pursuit, strategy, zeal, or focus is not level-headed. When the Lord is telling us our foundational ways are unsound – He means for us to let Him demolish our old ways, so that He can establish sufficient ways that will support the house of His choosing. Any effort to continue to build on old foundations is not only futile, it is insubordinate.

When the Lord of the Church calls us to repent, it’s time to repent. Any alternative course is not only unwise, it is unworkable.

When the Lord commanded His disciples to “remain in Jerusalem” and “wait and pray” (Acts 1), they would have missed the promise from the Father had they “taken their liberty” of the city and “not prayed”.

Beloved, there IS a sure Word from heaven coming to the Church in this hour. It is THE GLORIOUS remedy to all our fears and maladies! One that vastly outshines the alternative many of us have become fastened to. But we must enter into it.

The good news is, availing ourselves of this remedy, while ardent, will be the most exhilarating, healing and empowering thing we can do in this hour. It’s where we meet HIM.

Yes. I still believe this, one year later. Only with more urgent intensity coming from Jesus that His Bride trust His leadership and respond to His judgements.

I deeply believe, if in gathering after prayer meeting after Bible Study after staff meeting, the whole Church were to embrace the Lord’s exhortation in this hour, press into the New Testament paradigm of corporate prayer (more ardently that we’re pressing into learning new technology), humble ourselves, and deeply repent of our unrighteous ways – we would experience the Holy Spirit’s wind of viral repentance, mourning, prayer-filled humility, can’t-make-it-stop-surrender, longing, abasement, adoration and utter yieldedness to the approaching Bridegroom.

Throughout our nation, this “spirit of (Isaiah 40) repentance” would launch the household of God into a new expression of Kingdom power that
a.) the Word promises,
b.) would dethrone our cultural/political idols,
c.) would release billions from demonic bondage,
d.) explode the conventions of 21c western churchianity,
e.) unite the Bride, together with the Voice of the Holy Spirit,
f.) would usher in a world-wide harvest of souls,
g.) pierce Israel with the revelation of their Messiah,
h.) kindle an unquenchable first-commandment love for Jesus
and
i.) together we would hasten the return of our King.

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JSB • April, 2021

Final Note from Jon: For a full transcript of this message along with seven judgments of the Lord, and the story of how the Holy Spirit led our little House of Prayer in the mountains of Arizona into His tent of meeting just weeks prior to COVID 2020, secure a copy of our book “Seek My Face” at AMAZON. Or email me xaris4u@yahoo.com and we’ll ship you the print edition.

“Are You For Us, or…?”

This evening I listened to a disturbing message from a month ago preached to a conference of 600 pastors. In the message an evangelical scholar gave several compelling historical and sociological data points that more than suggest that we evangelical conservatives (that’s me) have already lost the “culture war” in our nation.

I agree – but for different reasons than what I hear him saying. If (as I maintain) we Christians have spent a generation fighting a culture war without bearing a cross, for whatever other little or big gains we may assume “our side” has been making, I think we need to now come to the real conclusion that we have left “the Lord’s side” – and thus have lost whatever struggle we thought we were engaged in. In short, we need to come to grips with the fact that we have been engaging our world in manner that has disconnected us from the heart of our Lord.

I believe this is where we are in America in 2022. I believe over the last two years we’ve brought ourselves to a point of no return. I believe many (both believers and unbelievers) “feel” the atmosphere of this critical impasse – even if we don’t quite know what we’re feeling.

After listening to the message I fell asleep and woke up this morning hearing the Lord querying: “What shall I do with a people whose zeal to save America has become a hinderance to My zeal to save Americans? And how shall I deal with sons and daughters whose love for their nation has become a dissuasion to their love for the Desire of the Nations?”

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JSB • April, 2022

NOTE: If you don’t already have a copy of our book “Seek My Face“, I want you to have it. It was written out of 1700 hours of focused corporate prayer during the first 180 days of the COVID plague. Email me your email at xaris4u@yahoo.com and I’ll send you a PDF version today. Send me your mailing address, or the mailing address of your church, your pastor, your small group, or prayer group and I’ll ship you the print edition. Or download it from Amazon (It’ll cost 4.99 there). The hour for this message is now. This is a “word” that needs to go with us in between the porch and the altar. It’s that vital.

Repenting of Our Naked Adultery

Gonna be blunt here:

It’s long past time for our evangelical leaders who lauded Trump to repent; those who preached him from their pulpits; who wrote endless articles redacting his defenseless behavior; who turned their ministries into partisan camps of political chicanery; who said nothing when this man verbally murdered individual after individual; who fomented baseless election conspiracies; who attended the rallies and jeered “drain the swamp”; who touted false prophecies; and decapitated every circumspect, Spirit-borne analysis of the man.

In the six years since Trump has been a centerpiece on our evangelical landscape (the thought still boggles the mind) I’ve had at least four friends who have met with Trump himself and verbally insisted that (against all public evidence) his evangelical advisors were speaking forthright words of Godly truth and correction to him. They had not lost their voice. Their relationship with the man was filled with gospel integrity. Most of these friends no longer communicate with me and my kind. The hogwash of their claims is now plain to see.

The man still prays no prayers. Unremittingly eviscerates everyone who disagrees with him. Continues to drop f-bombs in his public speeches. Routinely vaunts himself as a unique man above all others. Boldly incites contraSermon on the Mount furor among his loyalists. Still evidences zero humility. Still confesses no sin. Still bears no cross… It’s long past time for us to stop saying this man is “a baby Christian”. It’s long past time for the baby to have grown up under the true prophetic counsel of the Lord.

His evangelical advisors lied to us. They told him what he wanted to hear and then they told us what he wanted us to hear. By any definition that’s the stuff of idolatry. They sold the soul of our evangelical family to the godless culture of the dogs for mere political gruel.

Now that Trump has returned to the campaign trail (3 rallies in the last two months) where do we hear our evangelical leaders warning the elect of the now obvious abuses of this man’s power? the ongoing hostility of his spirit? the ongoing unrighteousness of his ways? the ongoing pride of his heart and the ongoing deceitfulness of his character? No where. The man has heeded none of our evangelical leaders’ “alleged” counsel. There is no reason to believe it was ever there. And every reason to believe that it bore no root in the man. He is a barren tree, stripped naked for all to see – except for those who still need their idol to be clothed.

To those who were telling the king of Jerusalem what he wanted to hear, and the people what they wanted to hear, all the while opposing the long suffering words of the Lord through Jeremiah chapter 21 declares: “12 Thus says the Lord: “Execute judgment in the morning; and deliver him who is plundered out of the hand of the oppressor, lest My fury go forth like fire and burn so that no one can quench it, because of the evil of your doings. 13 Behold, I am against you, O inhabitant of the valley, and rock of the plain,” says the Lord, “Who say, ‘Who shall come down against us? Or who shall enter our dwellings?’ 14 But I will punish you according to the fruit of your doings,” says the Lord; “I will kindle a fire in its forest, and it shall devour all things around it.” (Jeremiah 21:12-14)

Zedekiah wanted to hear news of the Lord’s protection, revival and a return to Judah’s freedom and prosperity. That’s what all the prophets surrounding him were forecasting. “We’re the Lord’s covenant people! Jeremiah, did you yourself not say, ‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.’? (Jeremiah 29:11)

Instead the prophet of the Lord maintained: “5 The Lord Himself will fight against you with an outstretched hand and with a strong arm, even in anger and fury and great wrath. 6 He will strike the inhabitants of this city. He shall not spare them, or have pity or mercy.” (Jeremiah 21:5-6)

The advisors of our day must be advised. And those of us who have allowed their narrative to supplant what we have long known was NOT going on behind the scenes – we must also be advised: The Lord is not winking at our adultery. He sees it all – much clearer than I can write about it.

Now, not only is our former President’s nakedness exposed, so is our leaders’ – and our own. Soon (very soon) the judgment will be done. And the hour for a sword from God’s mouth will be here.

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JSB • April, 2022

Church. We’re On Unstable Ground!

The Lord is in the process of convincing the American Church that we’re built upon unstable ground that will not be sufficient for what He’s about to do on the earth. We can either protest, demand our rights and insist that our ground is fundamentally sufficient like we always have, or we can let Him reduce us and level us and move us to new ground (this is called a paradigm shift) where He can build us in the only way that will enable us to stand: crucified.

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build at all.” (Psalm 127:1)

99% of what should concern us Christians about the condition of the Church in America stems from the radical realization that we are a generation that has done headstands to build ourselves without the agency of a cross.

From the prophets’ books, conferences and teachings we champion, to the politics we engage in, to the altar calls we issue, it is abundantly clear that as a whole, we are a people who oblige a Church without a cross and a cross without a grave.

Once we realize that we’re a generation of church-goers who has utterly failed to practically apply the cross to our lives, what we’ve experienced over these last several years makes perfect sense::

Of course we have scores of “prophets” who are not being held accountable for falsely prophesying Trump’s landslide victory.

Of course millions of evangelical leaders are knitting fig leaves together in an attempt to divorce us from the horrific histories of our native and black families.

Of course we can storm the capital with militant cries like “Valkyrie” and then deny complicity when people are murdered and our god fails to act on our behalf.

Of course we vehemently believe that we could be raptured out of here at any moment, because our God would never make us suffer through tribulation.

Of course millions in our family attend cult political rallies that are filled with rancor, malice and Christian syncretism.

Of course when faced with a plague we rise up in loud, angry protest against our government rather than weep between the porch and the altar.

Of course we proffer conspiracy theories instead of seeking the naked truth about ourselves before the Holy gaze of the God of Daniel 9.

Of course we promote revival apart from the message of Jeremiah.

Of course our ministries, books, conferences and church events are auto-tuned to definitions of power and glory that look nothing like Jesus.

Of course we champion political and ecclesial leaders who promise us righteousness while exalting self.

Of course we sweep their sad, sordid stories under the rug when they collapse under moral failure after failure after failure…

There’s been no doubt about where we stand. We American evangelicals have spent a generation building a Church upon the unstable soil of the uncrucified self.

Beloved. A cross must, and WILL be applied. There is no hope for a people in this hour that will not say “yes” to Jesus’ administration of the cross. A crossless woman will not become the Bride of the Lamb. The message of Revelation, if anything, should tell us that.

The act of taking God’s analysis of our situation seriously is called repentance. It entails more than modifying the plumbing, holding a housewarming party, or adorning the living room with new furniture. The type of shift the Lord is calling His people to make involves leveling ourselves to our foundations and scrutinizing everything we do and believe and assert through the lens of selflessly seeking the Lord. Life under the cross in this hour is that radical.

Is there grace for the conversation? Of course. But we almost dare not mention it for fear that we use it to our self-excusing advantage like we have for decades. Ours is a well-worn groove. It’s become a familiar spirit. Unless we press into the Holy Spirit’s Presence with great intentionality and fasting our 21c minds will warp and distort the message of the eternal – to our own destruction.

Unless we take up our cross we will not be worthy of Him. (Matthew 10:38)

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JSB • April, 2022