SHOUT TO THE LORD

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

         If you claim to be a Christian and your voice is not being heard, the odds are good that your words have been censored. Your voice has been silenced. Your speech has been imprisoned.

         The first thing the Lord Jesus does with new disciples is free their speech. He encourages people to talk. He did this in His ministry.

         In fact, He chose the freeing of voices as the principal sign of Pentecost.

         Whenever you read a passage in the Gospels about the Lord healing a mute person, it is a sign for all—a Miracle Parable—that reveals His intention to free the voices of His people. The mute people in the Gospels were not only real people in real time, they were also parabolic types of muted people throughout time—those whose voices have been shut down—those whose speaking has been disallowed.

         Now that you know this, look at the real meaning in the following:

         They brought to Him one who was deaf and spoke with difficulty, and they implored Him to lay His hand on him.

         Jesus took him aside from the crowd, by himself, and put His fingers into his ears, and after spitting, He touched his tongue with the saliva; and looking up to heaven with a deep sigh, He said to him, “Ephphatha!” that is, “Be opened!” And his ears were opened, and the impediment of his tongue was removed, and he began speaking plainly.

         And He gave them orders not to tell anyone; but the more He ordered them, the more widely they continued to proclaim it. They were utterly astonished, saying, “He has done all things well; He makes even the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.” [Mark 7:32-37]

YOU ARE WORTHY

         First Amendment rights do not apply in many churches. If one’s mode of Christian congregating disallows for communication and spiritual edification through the use of EVERYONE’S voice, then that mode contains a serious flaw. It is a flaw that results in spiritual problems for the congregation as a whole, because it silences whoever has the anointing of God to speak and be heard but cannot, due only to man-made religious conventions that oppose the will of God.

         It is no secret that the majority of Christian congregation methods disallow anyone from talking except the chosen few—the very few chosen few. We all know this is true. Christians have been conditioned to keep silent in the churches.

         Yet the Lord Jesus says:

         “What I tell you in the darkness, speak in the light; and what you hear whispered in your ear, proclaim upon the housetops.” [Matthew 10:27]

         (Just don’t say it in church, okay?”)

         One of the reasons Christian blogs have exploded on the internet within the last five or ten years is because many if not most of these Christians had nowhere else to speak. Most were never allowed to speak in church or even in Bible studies. Our entire framework of Christian meetings and congregational gatherings has only ever allowed for the voice of the one percent, which results in religious control rather than free expression, and the consequent dumbing-down of the great majority.

         The greatest evil, however, perpetrated by those who buy into this anti-God system that silences the voices of 99% of all Christians, is making them feel completely unworthy, and thus unworthy of speaking.

SUPERFLUOUS STAGE PLAYERS

         The Lord jumped all over the Pharisees’ case and kept telling them they were nothing but a bunch of evil actors (hypocrites) pretending to be something they were not who gained and kept control over the masses of people by transforming everything into a stage play with themselves as the only participants, and certainly as the only ones with speaking parts.

         So what do many later Christians do? And what do the Christian elite of the present do? They transform everything into a stage play with themselves as the only primary participants, and certainly as the only ones with speaking parts.

         In fact, if one were to remove the stages, platforms, and dual-class seating arrangements which always separate the chosen few occupying their positions of control from everyone else, making real fellowship impossible by forcing the 99 out of 100 to focus on the backs of everyone’s head instead of their faces, there would be little “Christianity” left in America. Almost everyone has been conditioned over long decades and even centuries to adopt these strange formats which were never used as fellowship formats by the Lord Jesus or the early community of believers.

EVERYONE PARTICIPATES

         Yes, whenever the Lord spoke to large numbers of people, all were focused on Him. But whenever He taught His disciples, He sat down among them in a rough circle using an open and organic format, so they could all see one another as well. This format greatly aids in the development of koinonia in which each person is allowed to contribute and thus develop spiritually as a real disciple. Using one’s voice allows one to mature.

         Thus, what they had was dynamic. Everyone was part of the process. Everyone had a voice and was allowed to use it. Real Christianity thus exploded fast and the Gospel traveled fast and MILLIONS ended up in the kingdom of the Lord relatively fast. It happened that way because everyone was being used of God instead of the mere “chosen few” who demand control and their own authority much more than the spiritual interactivity arising from koinonia.

         Those real Christians were allowed to use everything they had for the Lord, especially their voice.

         So there’s your clue: If you are not allowed to speak in your Christian meeting, it is most likely not the Lord Jesus holding you back. He wants you involved. Your input is needed. Nothing can replace your voice.

COME ALIVE: THIS IS THE JESUS GENERATION   

         From this we know it is not the enemy from without that is holding back the Great Awakening, since the Lord has given His people power over such enemies. The real enemy is much closer to home. The real enemy is the power vested in compromised Christian leaders and all those who support them in forcing their own personal agendas in part through silencing the voices of millions of believers, and making them what is essentially a quiet collective supporting without question those in control, and rendering all potential Pentecosts absolutely impossible.

         IT IS OFTEN THE PEOPLE CONTROLLING THE STAGE, PULPITS, SPOTLIGHTS, MICROPHONES, AND TV CAMERAS WHO DISALLOW THE VOICES OF EVERYONE ELSE.

         It is obvious they consider themselves as the only ones worthy and everyone else as unworthy.

         “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who is seeking the glory of the One who sent Him, He is true, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.” [John 7:18] [1]

         In order to be the Lord’s celebrity one must be an anti-celebrity.

         This is why the Lord often has to do something outside the scope of ultra-organized religion to get anything done. It is why John the Immerser stayed out in the wilderness. It is the only way to overcome the control of the religious leaders with only their own interests and enterprises at heart and not the Lord’s or those of the majority of the people. Whenever such controllers are in authority it inevitably shuts everyone else out, other than, of course, their hand-picked, sold-out, “safe” ones who only speak what they are allowed to speak. Indeed, that which is allowed by them to be spoken is often not of the Holy Spirit, which proves further the deadness of most church services and why the Lord Jesus is not in charge.

         Before they silenced the majority’s voice, they silenced His voice.

         So again, the Lord’s model for His lively, spiritually-healthy, vibrant, organic Community and also for Great Awakenings involves first the opening of deaf ears and the removing of tongue impediments so that every single one of His people can “begin speaking plainly” as did the mute man, and “speaking the mighty deeds of God,” as did all of those in the Upper Room.

         And since all Great Awakenings begin with Great Repentance, one of the first things everyone must do is repent for allowing their great power of speech to be silenced and not made available for the Lord’s use.

SHOUT TO THE LORD

         Real Christianity involves ALL of His children and ALL of their voices.

         As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “BLESSED IS THE KING WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

         Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, rebuke Your disciples.”

         But Jesus answered, “I tell you, if these become silent, the stones will cry out!” [Luke 19:37-40]

         © 2016 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.

         Real Christianity—The Nature of the Church


[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 June 7, 2016, in Current Events and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I wanted to say thank you for stopping by my page and your encouraging words. Just as I was replying my computer had a hiccup and I lost your comment and my reply. I appreciate you taking the time to comment and to offer much needed encouragement. Good news to report – I will be posting soon on results.

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  2. Sadly true. We criticize the Catholic church because it discourages the laity from reading the Bible, thereby gaining knowledge; the hierarchy maintains its authority over the people. But we do the same thing when we make clear by attitude and sometimes the spoken word that the only ones who are allowed to speak are the pastor, his staff, and a few select elders. Everyone else is to just remain silent and do as they are told.

    I would not stay in a church like that.

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  3. God Bless RJ, As I’ve read of past revivals and tried to fellowship with others in person and over the internet there is always one or more people who are incessantly trying to control the assembly. The folks I’ve been around claim to be in the wilderness but are full of the church and continue to emulate that in some form. The Lord has His work cut out for Him. Like trying to rustle cats. But if anyone can do it, it’s Him. Lord have mercy on us! 🙂

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    • Thanks Al. I appreciate it. Blessings to you.

      This entire notion of control that permeates so many Christian gatherings, of wanting to take charge and have an outlet for one’s will—of being dominant, and of “lording it over the brethren,” did not have its start with the Lord Jesus. It happened somewhere along the way from there to here, and in reality, it began very early on.

      There is that particular something in human nature of desiring to wrest control and take over, and force one’s own point of view, and be the dominant one—look at almost any preacher with a giant following, especially some of those on television—and it really hits home. The satisfaction finally comes when they feel they have a large enough crowd to dominate over…

      Of course, during His sojourn on the planet as one of us, the Lord Jesus was not at all the way so many Christians traditionally portray Him. He was actually a very powerful personal force. He was a Man among men. But He knew He had to torque it down to be spiritually effective. One may wonder why the Lord had to begin His ministry with a 40-day fast. He was always fasting. If He had to do this there must have been a reason.

      One will find then, two completely different types of Christian or Christian minister: There are those who operate purely in the flesh, who have head knowledge, who have no spiritual power, who look like the world and act like the world and produce fleshly fruit, and want to be in charge instead of allowing the Lord Jesus to be in charge, and they ARE, regardless of what they may say otherwise.

      Then there are those Christians and Christian ministers who understand what being a real Christian is actually all about, in that the Lord Jesus must be in charge, is the only One worthy of being in charge, and is the only One who can make things work properly and correctly. So they yield to Him. They surrender to Him. They recognize Him as the only Good Shepherd. They see very clearly all the work He has already done, ESPECIALLY THE WORK OF THE CROSS. They know He is the only One who deserves to be the King and they honor Him as such and take their cue from Him only.

      These people are the ones connected to the Vine who produce spiritual fruit. It’s the humble road. Those who walk it have learned to crucify that part of themselves that wants to take control and dominate. When the anointing is upon them they yield to the Lord and speak forth whatever it is the Lord is telling them to speak. They don’t care about the restricting nature of man-made religious convention or of possibly disrespecting someone who has claimed religious control but does not honor the King. They say it anyway. Think Stephen…

      We are at a point now when these two kingdoms are doing some serious clashing. The fakers don’t want to lose their power. The Lord is telling His own people to speak up. It is a very powerful dynamic and the Lord’s people are stepping up to the plate. They understand the best way to honor their King is to do what He has instructed them to do, but with both a humble, self-effacing attitude and a spiritually powerful manner. It is the dynamic of the Lord taking spiritual charge through His people and putting aside the fakers who have wrested control. It has happened before…

      But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men. The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.” But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. [Acts 5:29-33]

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    • “Like trying to rustle cats” That was funny Brother Al, but I can’t think of a better way to put it.
      Lord bless you.

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