Thanks so much for your prayers about the city with the extreme devouring. God has provided about two clues a day, and we now have some insight.
The Lord of Precise Timing had a friend call me about defiled land in her church. They had been having problems there for months, but suddenly this week, she asked for help.
When I listened to the story, it became clear that the operative word was distortion. There was a portal in the room which was quite defined. When someone stepped into the portal even their vision became distorted. And leaders who did activities in the room became alienated from their peers and their supervisors as small issues became distorted.
So knowing that we had a portal was a big key. Clearly in the city of _______________ there was a VERY large portal that had body slammed us when we went through there last year and was hammering the businessmen who were doing a small job there.
However, defiled portals are not the cause — they are the effect. Some human, somewhere, did something that empowered the demonic. This was the riddle. My first reaction was that I might have to go to my friend’s church and visit the room to see if I could discern the problem. That would be so much easier than visiting the city when I did not know where the portal might be.
But the Lord of Precise Timing was out ahead of me. I had been carrying around a list of verses related to someone else’s situation for about a month. I simply had not been able to engage with those verses in all the other pockets of time I normally would have used. As I mulled over the list, God drew my attention to the Valley of Hinnom and its association with child sacrifice.
Then the Lord of the Archives dipped into my memory banks of literature and pulled up a story about land which caused distortion in people’s bodies, world view and their social interactions. The author was a famous child molester.
By this time I was at the airport headed home from my retreat. I shot off a quick e-mail to Lacy, my lead researcher, giving her the name of the city and asking her to check the stats on child molestation, criminal domestic violence and divorce.
By the next day she fired back the report: that area was 200 to 300% higher in all three categories than the rest of the state.
So our current model says that a certain kind of portal gets turbocharged by child molestation resulting in distortion of communication among the adult leaders.
With this streamlined paradigm, I will coach my friend on dealing with the portal in her church. She has a good team of intercessors and they come to work with brass knuckles on. They will address the issue of the children from the beginning of time to the present on that land, running the gamut from full on human sacrifice to simple neglect or abandonment.
Many in the team have discernment so while they will start out with a mine sweeper approach, going after everything in that range, I am quite certain that they will swiftly ascertain where the core issues are and be able to obliterate the devil’s right to the land with their precision and their power.
That land is so defiled that there is immediate visual distortion when someone steps into the core of the portal, so it will be easy for them to tell whether they have made significant progress. The proof, of course, will be over the long run.
Now, far be it from me to leave anything that simple. Let’s muddy up the waters a bit with some additional layers.
First there is the issue of the redemptive gift. The land in Scripture, the city of ________, and the city where the church is are all Teacher land. We have not dealt with this kind of portal before so don’t have any basis of comparison that is objective and international, but I trust the way God brings things to my attention.
I doubt that all of the portals of this kind are in Teacher land, but it certainly suggests that either there is a propensity for this portal in Teacher land, or that the sin of child molestation on Teacher land has a larger impact than elsewhere. I have no way to prove that at present, but it will sit there in the open file to see what God brings along the way in the future.
If it is a Teacher issue, then we could go a couple of directions. First would be the principle of responsibility. It is fairly universally agreed upon that adults exist to protect children when they are young and vulnerable and much more child molestation takes place in the context of a trusted relationship than through kidnapping by strangers. One could certainly argue that the violation of the Principle of Responsibility in a Teacher city would be an extraordinary offense to God.
Another angle to this would be the religious spirit. In the city of ______________ there is a massive religious presence, both as churches and other Christian institutions. And my friend attends one of two congregations that are using that church building, in a city that is loaded with Christian presence of every flavor.
Is there something particularly offensive to God or empowering to the devil when the salt is not salty? How can there be 300% more child molestation in a community that is massively Christian in their external labeling? Something is not right with this picture. Unfortunately, it is more and more common that systemic molestation is done in the context of many streams of the faith.
Let’s flip the equation. If child molestation is negative bazillions, then the lack of sexual violations in the children would constitute zero. Not very dangerous. What would plus eighty look like for this congregation? What behaviors would they have to embrace as individuals, to have high authority in this matter?
Not sure. I have not chewed on this one before. Humor me as I think on paper here.
-Teaching the kids to protect their own sexuality as they get older would be good, but that seems pretty feeble. Give it a plus three.
-Looking beyond sexuality we have the Principle of Responsibility. Protection strikes me as very low level responsibility. It seems to me that unpacking the kids would be a much higher flavor of responsibility. So for the whole church to have an ethos of looking for design and unpacking it would move them a bit higher.
-So if we drill down in this vein, I would think that unpacking a person’s spirit would be so much more powerful than the soul or the body. So let’s see. Instead of making children’s ministry (the activity in this room of the church) an exercise in mastering the basic stories of Scripture, what if it were a workshop designed to find out the redemptive gifts and niche anointings of each child and to coach the kids in how to use the unique design of their spirit in the world around them.
-In fact, we could erase the line between the secular and sacred. What if the church time for the kids was a strategy session for how they walk in the design of their spirit at school during the week? Now that would be a program I could get excited about. We are well above plus three here.
-Whoa, Arthur. Reel this back in. You just got sucked into designing yet another facet of humanistic Christianity. It can’t be all about kids, as important as they are. The Principle of Responsibility finds its highest fulfillment in man’s relationship with God.
Think Arthur, think! You are running a children’s program in a church. You want to drive the Principle of Responsibility to the highest level. That means something to do with the kids’ spirits and the Most High God. Leave the computer and go lie down on the couch so you can think properly. How hard can this be?
(Two minutes later). Duh! Piece of cake. Why do I have to make things so complicated?
In the Garden of Eden, the devil lied about the nature of God and world history was forever changed. I still maintain that very few people ever reject Christ. They reject the caricature of Christ that religion and the devil produce. If they knew God as He really is, how could they make the choices they do?
So, our new high octane children’s ministry revolves around teaching the kids to know God. We can certainly include the familiar Bible stories, but instead of it being all about David and Goliath, the focus is on the nature of God that is revealed in that story. We can certainly include some teaching about the redemptive gifts and niche anointings in the kids’ spirits, but it would be from the perspective of their seeing the nature of God in themselves.
We can even do the practicum of invading the school system with God’s kids, but the objective would be for each child to understand how they are a reflection of God in their redemptive gift, and how they are designed to communicate the grandeur of God in the class and on the play ground.
Children’s ministry would begin with a debrief session as each Noble Subject gets to share how many opportunities they had this week to reveal the nature of God to someone non-verbally, and then verbally. They could also strategize how to reach the hard cases with the particular flavor of the nature of God that they know.
Crafts time could involve making creative displays of the new names of God that they discovered during the week.
I think we are looking pretty good here in terms of high authority in the Principle of Responsibility. I don’t think the devil will want to be hanging around this portal very much.
Of course this really needs to be walked out in the whole church. The pastor needs to intensely redirect the congregation into a lifestyle of discovering new facets of the nature of God and sharing with others. Every conversation between members would begin with the question, “Did you see something new and did you show a preChristian some truth about the nature of God this week?”
Only after the accountability question is out of the way do you discuss other stuff.
Adult Bible studies would be focused strategy sessions on seeing God and helping others see Him. It would be a little awkward at first, like riding a unicycle when you are used to driving a car, but I’ll bet it could become a church-wide addiction in about six months.
I suspect it would become a powerful repellent to the religious spirit. Might even cause a church split in the first six months as the religious tribe can’t deal with the social pressure to celebrate the Infinitely Mysterious and Unfathomable God. Religion is much safer than The Lord of Ambushes.
Ah, but think of it two years out! Can you imagine a congregation that set aside two full years in all of their services, all of their off-site events, all of the homes, to get to know The God Who Aches to Be Known?
I could get excited about going to that church!
Copyright June 2013 by Arthur Burk
From the Hub, in Anaheim