Greg Laurie Encourages Christians to Turn the World Upside Down
The church of the first century made its impact on the world through prayer and through preaching. It was said of the early church that they turned the world upside down. And that, by the way, was offered as a criticism, not as a compliment (see Acts 17:6).
May God enable us to earn more “criticisms” like this, because it seems today the opposite is happening in the church. We have double standards and moral compromise and little to no power.
British evangelist and preacher G. Campbell Morgan said, “Organized Christianity which fails to make a disturbance is dead.”
What concerns me is that we are not making a disturbance anymore. We are so worried about fitting in. We are so worried about relating. We are so worried about being cool that we have forgotten what it is to make a stand for what is true. My fear is that instead of the church turning the world upside down, the world is turning the church upside down.
Preacher Vance Havner said, “We are not going to move this world by criticism of it nor conformity to it, but by the combustion within it of lives ignited by the Spirit of God.”
That is why we need to get back to what the early church experienced, because they turned their world upside down. And in this crazy, topsy-turvy world where wrong is right and right is wrong, we need to do the same.
How can Christians turn the world upside down? By unabashedly declaring the truth of the gospel. Sharing this truth is a serious matter — a matter of life and death.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Pastor Greg Laurie serves as the senior pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California, one of the largest churches in America; is the author of more than 70 books; hosts the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, A New Beginning; and is the founder of Harvest Crusades, a large-scale evangelistic ministry whose next event, Harvest America, will be held June 11 in Phoenix at the University of Phoenix Stadium and broadcast live nationwide. His next book “Steve McQueen: The Salvation of an American Icon” releases on June 13.