Today I witnessed a famous preacher lay down the religious monologue so that the Holy Spirit wouldn’t be quenched. Jim Cymbala was to be the closing speaker at the New Room Conference 2022 today. The speaker before him gave an altar call to the 2,000+ attendees. The altars filled and people all around the auditorium were pouring their heart out to God with words and tears and praying for one another.
After about a half hour of witnessing the amazing moving of God’s Spirit throughout the auditorium, one of the conference organizers went to the mic and said something like: “Jim Cymbala came to us and said that he didn’t want to stop what the Spirit is doing if it’s alright with us, so we’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing.” Then the moving of the Spirit continued and even intensified among us.
Perhaps igniting a spiritual awakening is as easy as falling off the religious monologue. Maybe the Sunday monologue has trained many Christians to log off of the Spirit so they can listen to one man.
Instead of throwing another log on the Spirit’s fire, the Sunday monologue often seems to put out the fire. Perhaps we could chop up the Sunday monologue and allow all members of the body of Christ to have something Spirit-prompted to say.
Perhaps the Sunday monologue has become a dead weight that fails to create “doers of the word.” When the Sunday monologue puts Christians asleep, do they sleep like a log? For an alternative to religious monologue, search for: Beyond Church Ekklesia.