The scarcity of radical conversions [the Gospel seems to have lost its power], the constant cycle of demonic bondage Christians experience, the seeming powerlessness of the Gospel to dispel demons on its own and the need for extra deliverance exercises, the numbing choices leaders make at the height of their ministry, the incredibly high rate of backsliding, the seeming inability of the majority of Christians to live pure and to avoid worldly temptations – these all point to a missing element in the teaching delivered to the unsaved, to new Christians and to the church generally.
Powerless Christianity is supplemented by various extra Biblical practices and formulas, some of them proposed by denominations and networks, and others simply popularized in books, broadcasts and seminars. There is far more Christian teaching materials available today on the internet than ever before, yet Christians know their Bible a lot less, and the key foundational doctrines have disappeared from pulpits and the media. When last have you ever seen a book or heard a message on God ? He is the forgotten person, the elephant in the room ֠there in the background but never described ֠except for the fact that one or other of His attributes will be discussed because of the way it meets Christians needs. So, for instance, many books are circulating about the Father heart of God, the love of God, the word of God. He makes himself accessible as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, yet we have somehow lost the understanding that it is GOD who manifests Himself in these ways.
The writer of Hebrews addressed this matter of foundations in great detail. Describing the symptom of a lack of spiritual growth in chapter 5, he powerfully relays the key foundation stone in chapter 12 ֠of the fear of God. Acts 9:31 says that, in the wake of Paul’s conversion,”Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied”
Hebrews 1 starts with the word “God…”. Jesus said, when you pray, say “hallowed be your name”. Ecclesiastes 5:4 says, and I paraphrase, “Don’t make foolish promises to God”. A holy life results from having this hope [of living eternally with God]. 1 John 3:3. A person being introduced to Christ is starting a journey into the knowledge of God. Jesus says in John 17:3 "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. Notice that Jesus never said, “I want you to know me and not know the Father”. Rather He said that my purpose is to reveal the Father to you so that you might know Him as I know Him – that we, in fact, might be one. This thread must run through every teaching with which we build our spiritual house ֠the Gospel message we preach, and everything thereafter must contribute to a growing knowledge of God. If this is missing, we need to do what the writer of Hebrews did in chapter 12 – go back and restore it. In our church we are taking old Christians who are proficient in healing and deliverance ministry back through the first principles of the Gospel, the truths concerning their salvation, so that their foundations are being re-laid. God, and His holiness is being re-written into every truth. When you pause to think about God – literally to meditate on Him, to wait on the Lord, then you start to experience His glory. Simple words that you say have more weight [the kabod of God is with you], demon spirits cry out and disappear, and the power of the Gospel is restored. This is foundational, and it must be restored.