Saturday, June 5, 2010

Church As We Know It is Over by Don Nori Sr.

The Church is at a major crossroads in her multi- millennial sojourn through time upon this earth. She has some very big decisions to make. But most of us are not aware of the change that is in the Wind. For church, as we know it, is over.

The church, (the one being built by Jesus, not this monstrosity of a system we incorrectly call the Church), will move on with the gentle sound of His voice. The Church He is building will not need an earthquake, a hurricane, or pixie dust floating in the air to get her attention. His sheep hear His voice and follow Him because they follow His voice. This will be a big test of who we really are and whose kingdom we are really building. If it is His Kingdom, we will leap at the sound of His voice and go where he leads us. If we are building the counterfeit, we will not be so inclined to move very quickly. For there is much to lose and much to risk in responding to Him whilst building anything of our own.

The charismatics, the Pentecostals and the revivalists are all crowding at the river Jordan. The Holy Spirit is urging, calling, leading them to cross, but few have the faith to cross because few have the faith to risk what they have built. Maybe that is the problem…we have built it and it is OURS. We must protect what is ours at all costs, even at the cost of moving on with the Lord. It is always so easy to camp along the river rather than risk the dangers of fording the rapids, even when you have the voice of the Lord drawing you on..

So we invent, discover and imagine all kinds of histrionics to keep everyone satisfied where they are… on the wrong side of the river. We go around the things He has shown us again and again. We devise newer and more complicated ways of saying and doing the things we have know for years. Oh, we will occasionally look longingly across the river, wondering if there really is more over there, but the safety is always here. Few will admit that we have lost the faith, the daring and the adventure of our earlier days. Although denominationalism is anathema to us, we gather around the same things and build the same walls and defend our position with the same conviction and piety as all those who have gone before us.

But those who do not cross the river do not change the world. It is true, they do not rock the boat, but they do not see anything new, experience anything deeper than what has been “felt and telt” many, many times and for many, many years.

God does not talk in circles. He has a definite destination in mind and He fully intends to have a people that will be willing to be lead to the deepest reservoirs of His love and the very fullness of His Life.

Church as we know it is over. He is about to wrestle control of His own church from the carnal hands of insecure, angry, controlling and legalistic men and women, to build His own church, just as He promised He would.

Church as we know it is passing away. The thing we have called church is but a dim shadow of the life-giving, empowering wholeness of that for which Jesus died, rather, rose from the dead to lavish upon mere mortal men.

We have asked for wealth when He wanted to give us nations. We focused on our healing when He wanted to make us healers. We have searched for mercy and compassion when He had called us to carry those same treasures to a dying world. We are self-examining when He wants us to be pouring ourselves out so others can find Him.

There is no doubt. The self-centered, need-oriented, program-driven, growth-addicted destiny-snatching, dream-killing counterfeit is about to be replaced by His church; a company of loosely connected people held together only by the bonds of love. This people is the Christ-centered, Kingdom-declaring, light-shining heart throb of God Himself. His people hear His voice and respond with joy and anticipation, not fear and uncertainty. They are a devil-ignoring, life-giving, God-honoring group of worshipers whose greatest fulfillment in life is to be called to His service by the gentle sound of His voice. This church understands that the hands Jesus will stretch out to heal will be their hands. They know they are His hug, His smile, His encouraging word and the world’s only hope of glory.

The solution is clear…You are the church that Jesus Himself, is building!


  1. Now this is a very spiritually intune message. I can totally relate, for I see some "still sleeping" whilst others are on fire and moving with God.
    The Lord is definately knitting people together with others for His specific purposes, whilst others are still doing the same old same old!
    We've all got to ditch our own plans at a moment's notice and be ready to follow His plans on any given day and in any given situation.
    So thank you for writing about this subject, for now I know that you see what I see too. I am encouraged and excited for it is OUR GOD WHO IS ON THE MOVE HALLELJUAH! Sincerely, Kate

  2. flippin AMEN and AMEN.Let the Kingdom of God advance and all others fall.

  3. Amen!!! I couldn't agree more.

    Pastor Andy Logan, All Nations Word and Worship Center & author of Plugging Into Real Worship

  4. I pray that this will be true. I'm so sick of morality gospel. God have mercy on us and start a revolution in Your church. Break it to bits. Bring the largest denominations to Your feet. We are desperately hungry and tired of only getting small glimpses of authentic corporate worship. Send us mana to satisfy this hunger.

  5. Lord you are our all in all. You bring joy out of darkness. What is coming is going to be completely yours. You are drawing your body together and your host are waiting in anticipation. Prepare your people Lord. Let all the glory will be yours.


  6. Oh, YES! Amen, and AMEN! Thank YOU LORD for another precious child of Yours who has spoken the truth. Father, may the flood-gates of truth be drawn back and the rivers of living water pour out on the Bride of the Living Christ! In Jesus' mighty Name we ask! Oh, glory LORD! YOUR glory! Amen.

  7. 3"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
    A Tree and Its Fruit

    15"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. 16By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. 19Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
    21"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' 23Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

    The Wise and Foolish Builders

    24"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
    28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

  8. Had this conversation last night. If it ain't Jesus and the Spirit of the Living God-EVERYTHING else is irrelevant. Come Come Come...Hallelujah

  9. Fantastic word! There are many of us who see what you see and agree with you. Too many of our leaders are stuck in their comfort zone of familiarity. Many are afraid, for myriad reasons. But we can't turn our backs on them and we can't mock, demean, ridicule, berate, critiize or ridicule others. There is no "us" or "them"; there is only a "we". We are One Body. 1 Cor. 12. When one part of the Body is weak all parts of the Body are weak. Let's pray for each other. Let's think One-ness; one mind, one Lord and one vision, which is to advance the Kingdom - together.
    Grace, mercy, patience and agape love must prevail as these are our standards. Father sees and knows all. Father will work it out and fix it in His way and in His timing. Agape love never fails. Trust the Father. :)

  10. Guys - you have to read this book. Because the message is important it is available online as a free read (but you can buy one if you can't handle online reading):

    Check the video sections too.

  11. The Bride is being made ready.
    The wise virgins are prepared to meet the Groom.
    The things of this world are left behind and our Lord is beheld above all else.
    Come Lord Jesus

  12. Just caught up with this article and agree whole heartedly with everything written.The Church is His hidden ones, the remenant, who are being prepared and trained as His disciples,for His Kingdom Advancement here on this earth.Jesu's plan has never changed right from the beginning He made disciples.This truth has been lost, along with many others,and hence there will be a Reformation of the Truth. With many of His disciples forging the way again and in some instances,paying the ultimate price-their lives!
    Well done! It's time for His People to Stand.


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