"Believers Meetings. Church services are not to be seeker sensitive. The days of focusing on drawing the lost in as a primary goal are coming to an end. The New Testament church is a movement of believers who are praying continually and governing with great authority in the region. Of course, the lost can and will come in, but the focus of the meeting will not change. The extreme activity of the Holy Spirit will be maintained and those who decide to say yes to Jesus will meet him in a way that could never be done in a dry, dusty, seeker environment. These believers meetings will be white-hot, supernatural and other-worldly. The roar of intercession, the groans, the cries and the military-level strategic advance will produce saints who are ready and equipped for battle." -- John Burton
In Corinthians, Paul goes to great lengths to downplay tongues because it will mean nothing to those in church for their edification. He actually does prefer prophecy, but the overall point here is the confusion. John Burton thinks that it will be the role of the church to roar in intercession, which incidentally makes no sense, along with groans, cries, and military level strategic advance. This is what he thinks a church service is supposed to be. While I agree the seeker sensitive stuff has to go, replacing it with an unbiblical capitulation to the flesh disguised as a move of the spirit is hardly the answer.
"Focused on Spiritual Growth. The goal is obedience, impact and responding rightly to the instructions of the Holy Spirit, not numeric growth. As I said previously, growth can and will happen, but it's not an automatic indicator of health or success. I propose many churches must be pruned as they develop into a revelation driven church. It's a rare person who will sign up to be part of this new wine, revelation driven church, so small numbers should be expected. The goal is to go deep and grow spiritually. The challenge of such a church will be rejected by many. The compromise of yesterday to get them into the seats must come to an end. Invite them to leave if they aren't interested in going deep and locking arms with the rest of the well-diggers." -- John Burton
There is so much he says that is right and then you see his solutions are even worse than the problem he seeks to fix. Yes, vertical growth is more important than horizontal growth, which is always up to the Lord. The notion however that the church must be pruned is horrifying. This is a core teaching of the purpose driven church model. That blessed subtraction must first occur to see real growth. As if some sheep matter less to the Lord than others. The arrogance Burton has regarding the flock of the Lord is heartbreaking. If they dare to question why you are digging a well invite them to leave? Seriously; and you call yourself a pastor? As for this notion of what people will gravitate towards I think he underestimates the call of the flesh. A church where I get to play god and prophet? I think people will flock to it.
"Deep, Challenging Teaching. Teaching will be doused by revelation, and the tired Sunday-school lessons of old will finally come to an end. You can tell when a preacher has been pierced with the message they are preaching--and when they are merely regurgitating information. The messages of heaven will originate in the culture of fiery prayer and will absolutely rock everyone who hears them. Many will reject such an anointing as it demands a costly response, but those who respond will become sharp, full of fire and a mighty weapon in the hands of God." -- John Burton
Did you catch that? Tired Sunday school lessons, which means biblical truth, will be replaced by revelation, which means I have to trust that he has actually heard from God. No thanks. Why do I have to take the risk that John Burton might have heard from God when I have the word of God ready whenever I want to open it? the object of preaching the word is not to "rock" anyone or fuel some lame false notion of revival. It is to edify and build the saints up in Christlikeness and it cannot be accomplished apart from holy scripture. It is truly sad that pastors now think the answer to get true messages from heaven lay in their hearts and not in the word of God. Be wary of the schemes of the enemy beloved. If your church starts heading down this road to experiential Christianity you need to reason and then run as fast as you can if they refuse to see correction. The lines are being drawn beloved. The apostate church is dividing between those that will stick with the purpose driven mega church model and those that prefer the false signs and lying wonders portion of NAR teaching. They will still have many similarities but their differences will be two sides of the same heretical coin. Be not deceived.
Reverend Anthony Wade -- June 7, 2019