"Unpredictable and Spontaneous. The days of predictable, scheduled, ordered church services must come to an end. We have become so enamored with human order in the church that Holy Spirit, biblical order is completely rejected. When the primary service becomes a prayer meeting, with other expressions following, you simply cannot maintain an order of service. Any attempt to do so is laughable. Revelation-driven church services will commence with a roar of supernatural intercession as anointed, prayer-fueled musicians and singers play and sing over the people. It won't be unusual for this to last for an hour or two--or more. It will be common to turn the screens that display the lyrics off, as the people shift to mostly praying and singing in the Spirit. The Christian karaoke will come to an end. From this furnace of worship and intercession, leadership will release oracles and give prophetic messages that will be right in step with what the Holy Spirit is doing in that moment. There will be a Holy Spirit orchestrated "dance" where prayer, worship, decrees, declarations, instruction, healing, deliverance and prophetic revelation will fill the room. It will be impossible for any human to keep up, or to give any leadership whatsoever, if they aren't wildly devoted to holiness and a life of never-ending intercession. They won't be able to discern or keep up with what God is doing in the room, and they will attempt to grab the reigns and to do what is naturally familiar to them, quenching the Holy Spirit in the process." -- John Burton
Really. God goes to great lengths through the Apostle Paul to design the correct order of church service. Nowhere does He indicate these are temporary. So, who would want to see such order come to an end? The devil. Watch a Bethel service beloved. Catch a Heidi Baker sermon. Watch the demonic activity as people crawl on the ground shouting "Shaba!" There is no holy spirit dance beloved. Anything that distracts from God cannot be called worship, period. Note that anyone trying to establish order is considered to be quenching the holy spirit. What utter garbage. Beloved, God is a God of order. Now do not get me wrong. Burton's vision is the direction the apostate church is heading in. Away from biblical truth and into the supernatural realm of subjective experience and if anyone questions it -- they can leave.
"Regionally/Nationally Focused. I believe many would admit there is a deep grieving in their spirits when churches become focused and driven to grow the church numerically. Understand, numeric growth, when done rightly, can be healthy. We see in Scripture that God added to the church daily. However, the compromise that has overtaken the church in order to see this type of growth is truly grieving. Instead of locking in on the growth of their local church, pastors and leaders who are embracing the revelation driven church model will be mostly interested in what God is doing regionally and nationally. Their passion will be to see the church of the city become marked by the Spirit of God and for the new wine of the Holy Spirit to be poured out. They won't care one bit if the outpouring happens in another local church in the city. They will lead the people under their care out from their local expression of the city church right into the place where the pillar of fire and the cloud of God's glory have manifested. Further, their energies will be devoted to confronting the national crisis and in standing as a governmental authority. They will train the people and equip for battle against the deadly, raging spirit of the age that's destroying our nation. If their local church grows or shrinks numerically, their gaze and their assignment will not change. They are locked in, obediently advancing the cause of revival in their city and in the nation." -- John Burton
Now I agree it is grievous to see the Purpose Driven Industrial Complex turn the church into a business but moving from one heresy to another is not the answer either. Please do not sugar coat what we are seeing spelled out here. This is heresy. I can hope that John Burton is simply deceived himself but what he proposes is so antithetical to scripture it is astounding to me that he cannot see it. The problem is that dressing it up as a move of the spirit prevents them from seeing how unspiritual this is. God did not go to the lengths He did to ensure the canon of scripture only to discard it for our own human frailties two centuries later. The rest of this is NAR pipe dreams of global domination. Burton and the NAR dominionists believe that the church is supposed to serve in some from of governmental or legislative role in society. This belief comes from a butchering of a handful of verse fragments they do not understand. The Ekklesia, are those that are called out not those that serve in a governmental capacity. The truly sad thing is that John Burton's admitted cause here is the revival of our pagan nation even at the cost of the expansion of the kingdom of God. This is true NAR heresy at its clearest.
"Everybody Participating. Everyone will be governing and impacting the atmosphere through Spirit-fueled prayer. Rapid-fire prayer is one great way to facilitate this, giving everybody a chance to release decrees and declarations in a meeting. Invite them up to pray with passion on the microphone for 10 to 20 seconds. As the service continues, include additional rapid-fire prayer sessions and provide a way for people to share prophetic revelation in the meeting. White boards can line the walls, giving people a place to write down prophetic words, to share dreams and visions or to draw prophetic art that God has impressed upon them. Pastors, don't try to "find jobs" for everybody, hoping that keeping them busy and engaged is the answer to keeping them interested in the church. That's honestly a bit condescending. While everybody isn't ready for leadership in the church, most everyone should be given opportunities to pray, prophesy and release declarations of Scripture. We've muzzled people for too long." -- John Burton
Impacting the atmosphere? Rapid fire prayer? Releasing decrees and declarations? These are all unbiblical, or extra-biblical at best. They are Charismaniacal catch phrases, where there is always a shifting going on somewhere and a mantle falling in the distance. Invite everyone up to pray? Seriously? No vetting? No concern about their walk, beliefs, or understanding? That's a recipe for chaos. Just ask Bethel how their open mic prophecy nights go. Everyone encouraged to tap into their wickedly deceitful hearts and claim it is a rhema word from God almighty! To John Burton, everyone should be given opportunities to prophesy. Everyone; despite the bible saying this gift is only given out by the Holy Spirit as He sees fit.
"Prophetic Assignments. When you successfully steward a deeply prophetic culture in the church, God will be talking--a lot. This prophetic data must be rightly responded to. Prophetic assignments will emerge and the intercessors will have a non-stop job to keep them covered. You will find yourself heading out on prayer walks, making decrees over your city, researching the spiritual history of the land, engaging in high-level spiritual warfare, starting prayer movements, challenging systems, developing strategies and journaling it all. You will see the body dynamically moving from season to season, assignment to assignment. Everybody will have a part to play as you advance as a unified army into the darkness and toward revival. You will regularly be uniting with other pastors and leaders in the region as you'll quickly discover you only have a part of the bigger picture. The city church will awaken to its comprehensive assignment." -- John Burton
Wow. The verse about strong delusion comes to mind. Let us not lose sight that the fundamental difference John Burton is advocating for is an abandonment of adherence to order and scripture. To turn the congregation over to the whims of their heart by pretending that whatever they hear inside of themselves must be God speaking to them. This is high level spiritual warfare but Burton has no clue how he will be victimizing the sheep he has been entrusted with. You do not play around with things you do not understand. Ask the seven sons of Sceva from the Book of Acts. Keep playing around with the demonic and one day the demonic will answer you and then you will discover that still small voice you have been following was your own wicked heart all along.