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The UnderGround Church

Posted by undergroundchurch on March 18, 2009

The title, “UnderGround Church” may sound a bit separatist, but the truth be told, it is a somewhat prophetic attempt to describe a future look at the church – especially the church in America and bring helpful preparatory training, teaching and instruction on how the church can be instrumental in it’s main mission, even when the form in which we do church today is gone.

Admittedly, some may call me alarmist and ignore the whole idea that the way we do church today is going to change, but Jesus was quite plain in His teaching that it would get worse not better before His return. Even if you are of the belief that the book of Revelation is not written as a guide book for the Christian to endure the coming events but is a simply a prophetic book of events that don’t effect you, you need to know and be prepared that the days will grow darker to the point that the church may be the last bastion of light in a world consumed by selfishness, greed, sin and godlessness.

Consider the times leading up to the flood, where the only light in a world of millions were eight members of a family that trusted God by doing what everybody around them called foolish. The world couldn’t see what God was doing because they lost their ears to hear what God was saying.

Consider a wandering Israelite people that had the opportunity to make a short two or three week Journey to the promised land, but found out that when you can’t hear what God is saying, your trip can hit a roadblock that will leave you roaming a desert for 40 years.

And who can forget that those same people almost 1500 years later rejected again God’s voice to the point where Jesus actually held that generation accountable for not recognizing the signs of His coming.

In fact, if you ask a believer what Jesus favorite saying in all of Scripture was, they’d probably be surprised to find out that it is a simple one, “He that has ears to hear, let him hear”.

The message of the Cross never changes, but the conditions under which it is delivered are in a constant state of flux.  The first and second century church thought that their generation was the last generation solely on the conditions in which they existed.  Lions, crucifixion, human torches and other oppression from human governments are a far cry from the worst an American Christian has to put up with.  Come to think of it, I can’t even think of anything in America that would correspond.

Sooner rather than later, this is going to change.  I don’t know when, and I can’t say exactly how, but there is no doubt that the conditions in which the church operates and the method in which it functions will both be changed.  There are a load of consequences to these changes, and though they may seem to be negative at the surface, they are most assuredly good primarily because they are orchestrated by God.

The UnderGround Church is the time when once again the “catacomb” will become the building, the “rocks” will become the pulpit and the “candle” will replace the chandelier.  However, be of good cheer, Christ has overcome the world.  It will not last, and the theme of the early church – hope will be redefined to its original intent and the church will be a powerhouse like it has never been.


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