New 21st Century Wineskins for American Christianity (Part 1)

         And He was also telling them a parable: “No one tears a piece of cloth from a new garment and puts it on an old garment; otherwise he will both tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; otherwise the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled out, and the skins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one, after drinking old wine wishes for new; for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’” [Luke 5:36-39]  

         We remain at a fork in the road. The Lord is trying to direct us down the correct path. Many Christians have already taken the wrong path. Many others wait at the fork, and are having a hard time deciding which way to go.

         The default position for much of American Christianity is to take the conservative route, obey the old standards (the old is good enough), and listen to leaders unwilling to budge—who by and large feel much more comfortable with what they consider the old tried and true. Well, it is definitely tried, and some of it is true, but most of it belongs in the past.

         The Lord is doing a new thing! It is something He has planned all along, of course, and the window for those who continue sitting on the fence is closing. There is little time left to decide.

         Now, before you jump to any conclusions, I must make one thing very clear: There is a large movement in American Christianity that has abandoned the core truths of the Lord’s teachings and has decided to go their own way without Him, just as some denominational bodies have done already. Many in this movement are deceived. Rather than expose the false doctrines of yet another fake Christian offshoot in this article, let’s look instead at core New Testament values that will never change for the Real Christian:

         (1) The Lord Jesus is God. There is only one God. God became a Man. This has only happened once and will never happen again. The Lord Jesus is forever both Man and God.

         (2) He came to this planet about 2,000 years ago and revealed God through His humanity. He is God manifest in flesh. He never committed a single sin. Everything He ever did was perfectly within the will of the Father. Therefore, His revelation of God, and of who God is, was and remains total and perfect. As He said, “Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, ‘Show us the Father?’” [John 14:9] [1]

         (3) The Lord Jesus taught, ministered, revealed the kingdom of heaven, performed miracles, set people free, and loved unconditionally. Then, He offered Himself up as a perfect sacrifice to pay for the sins of all those who choose to give Him their life. His payment for sin was complete. Only the Blood of Jesus can cleanse us of sin. Nothing anyone can do can ever add to what He has already done regarding salvation. His grace (undeserved divine favor) is free for all those who repent and commit their lives to Him completely and continually follow Him.

         (4) He arose from the dead to live forevermore. There is no salvation found through any other. He is the only way to the Father. He is only Door. He is the only Way. For the comparative few who will enter the narrow door, walk the narrow path, and endure unto the end, they will live with Him for eternity. Such a road demands obedience, commitment, dedication, and love for God, regardless of cost. It is very obvious that the Lord means business. It is all or nothing.

         These brief points should clear up any misunderstanding about new movements presently transpiring in this country and the world that water down the one Gospel, create false gospels, or attempt to create or form syncretistic religions merging one with another. Such movements deny the core truths of the New Testament for the sake of numbers, ecumenical unions, denominational groups, organizations, and churches built by false or deceived ministers and those under their influence.

         Again, many if not most of the people involved in such are deceived. Of course, they do not know they are deceived, which is the very nature of deception. They have all accepted “another” gospel, something the Lord and His apostles very clearly warned against.

         Therefore, though there are many false movements emerging, there are also the real people of God in America who are just beginning to come forth in unity. Most people do not see them. They are part of a very large movement of faceless nobodies with no credentials or Christian pedigrees. They serve their Lord Jesus in humility, suffer, fight the spiritual enemies of God, reach out, reveal truth, and help their fellow man. They are nonetheless becoming more organized on a spiritual level. The Lord is connecting groups and individuals together without the usual human efforts of ultra organization, rank, and hierarchies. It is a spiritual family spread all across the nation that has decided to commit to the Lord and real New Testament truth. They want reality. They want The Book of Acts in action. They will settle for nothing less than the full truth and expression of the Lord Jesus. They believe in unity and love. They believe in the power of the Holy Spirit and the Name above all names. They will not be stopped under any circumstances.

         As a result, persecution will be ramped up. We will see persecution of real Christians in this country like we have never seen. But we will also see the most powerful spiritual movement we have ever seen. Huge numbers will be saved from sin. Miracles and healings will become almost commonplace. Thousands will be filled with the Spirit in ongoing fashion. This Great Awakening will touch every part of the country.

         People are ready. Sinners are sick of their sin. Christians are weary of their Christian business as usual. People want more! And the Lord will grant them more. [Part 1 of 2]

         © 2011 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.


[1] Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

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Posted on August 4, 2011, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. “Such a road demands obedience, commitment, dedication, and love for God, regardless of cost. It is very obvious that the Lord means business. It is all or nothing.” It is a great encouragement to see that many Christians are waking up to the fact that this statement is true. I believe that you are correct–many stand at a fork in the road. Some do not know that they stand there and their pastors don’t tell them. It is an unfortunate consequence of the prevalent “rapture theology” that many Christians believe they will be raptured out before any persecution hits, but, persecution is coming (and in some minor ways is already here). We have lived in this country as if it is possible to love and serve God without cost to ourselves. I believe that we are about to find out this is not true.

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  2. Thank you for re-posting this. Very good.

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    • Thanks Natalie. I appreciate your support and prayers. For those paying attention, big change is happening, even in the two and a half years since this message. There have been big changes in the works for many years and the results of those changes continuing coming forth, and are beginning to BURST forth.

      The Lord has been warning nominal American Christians for a very long time. Whenever He does something new according to His plans for getting the possibility of LIFE to as many as possible, I believe He tries to do it in such a way to bring laggards on board. But He can’t wait forever and He won’t. There comes the time when the door to the Ark is closed.

      American Christianity is about to see huge change for the better. For all those who insist on institutional sleepy time, they will get their wish at last and be passed by, much as the Lord Jesus stated:

      “But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’ And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went. The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go. Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.”

      Jesus said to them, “Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.” [Matthew 21:28-32]

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      • Amen. God in His mercy is giving as many opportunities as He can. He is patient, not wanting any to perish! We’ve been reading in Jeremiah, and I am amazed how many times The Lord would reach out to the people and how many times they rejected Him and turned away to do whatever they wanted…

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        • And people wonder why the Lord often had to take such drastic correctives. If His own people, whom He rescued from slavery and abject misery continually, and blessed without measure, rebelled against Him, what does that say for unregenerate humanity as a whole? Jeremiah speaks VOLUMES. Thanks.

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  3. Revival doesn’t come without a lot of what I like to call “carpet prayer.” On our faces before God, humbled, weeping, craving Him.

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    • You’re so right. Exactly right. Linda, I appreciate you and thank you for reading and commenting.

      Christians of previous generations knew well that many things would remain unmoved unless such prayer and intercession took place. It not only takes the anointing of God, it takes much work and dedication. This is in part why I believe that a Great Awakening is transpiring. It is because well-meaning and well-intentioned believers have tried methods that simply do not work and continued inquiring of the Lord for the truth. On the one hand, “successful” Christianity has given some good things, but on the other has shut people off from spiritual things that are necessary, one of which is “carpet prayer.”

      The dichotomy is such that if one were to engage in such perfectly Biblical practices in some churches they would be immediately removed, or at best told to engage in it in private. For all out intercessory prayer I can understand. Better for the prayer room.

      But other spiritual practices, as demonstrated by the Lord, should be and must be public. For those people who insist otherwise, the truth is apparently embarrassing and God’s methods are wrong. It is not only a lack of understanding but a rejection of things that work. Humility allows for an open door. Pride deadbolts it.

      But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. [Romans 8:25-27]

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