I’m A Radical! What About You? (Part 4)

If I were planning to build a bridge from Key West, Florida, to Havana, Cuba, and discovered that no matter what anyone did, the bridge would end up five hundred feet short of the shoreline, I would quit and burn up my plans.

Who cares if I would have succeeded in achieving 99.999% of my goal? It would still be a bridge which would not reach and help the people in Cuba.

For me, this is the same problem I now have with being a part of the home church movement.

In Part 3, I listed seven reasons why I like small groups, especially small home groups which meet in local neighborhoods. The reasons are still valid, and therefore, wouldn’t you think I should be beating a drum for planting home churches?

To be honest, this was my thinking until just recently.

What changed my mind? I realized time was running out.

Let me back up a little, okay?

In a January of this year, I took part in a twenty-one day fast as a member of an online community. The purpose of the fast was to discover the Lord’s plans for each of us in 2012.

Half way through the fast, the Lord showed me I had lost focus on what my divine purpose was for living in California at this particular time in history. Somehow, in the busyness of trying to be a husband, father, son, employee, neighbor, friend, and countless other important things, I lost focus.

Oh! I showed up for duty every morning, spent time in prayer, meditated, and studied the Bible, but I was just going through the motions. Like many, I physically punched into a supposed spiritual time clock, but my heart never did.

You see, I came to the West Coast to warn people of soon arriving terrorists’ attacks and calamities.

…”Watchman, what of the night? Watchman, what of the night?” (Isaiah 21:11)

And if ever I felt an urgency to warn the West Coast, it is right now!

Does this mean the catastrophes will happen tomorrow, next month, this year, next year, or five years from now? It doesn’t matter when it happens because we need to prepare now… before it happens.

Okay, here was my dilemma until recently?

If I continued with the home church movement, I would at best warn 5% of the West Coast Christians. That seemed to be a lousy return on my efforts because the two groups do not intermingle well… as yet.

So, I’m still a radical, but now I’m transferring all of my efforts toward the 95% or traditional church system. I don’t care if the churches are Presbyterian, Methodist, Lutheran, Catholic, Quaker, Pentecostal, Charismatic, non-denominational, liberal, progressive, conservative, snake-handling, or whatever, I’m going to find a way to warn and prepare them.

…I have become all things to all people, so that I may by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

(More on this in the future)



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15 responses to “I’m A Radical! What About You? (Part 4)

  1. When God shows you how, please let me know.

  2. I’m a West Coast Christian.What would you say to me?

  3. Naphtali,

    Thanks. I always like how prophetic voices have answers for others, but seem to be the last to know for themselves. That’s me.

  4. Chrystal,

    Well, good question. I did write a 16 part series called, “Planning + Preparation = Survival.” It starts here:


    Eventually, it will be a booklet.

    I did go to your site and noticed that you live in the San Diego area which is one of the five West Coast cities I pray for. So, seek the Lord and wait upon Him.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your heart with us. For those called to be watchmen on the walls of God’s Kingdom, there does come a time for sounding the alarm to the masses.

  7. annadavis,

    Thanks. When we stand before Christ, our lives will not be evaluated on our perfect doctrine or whether we attended the perfect church, but instead, He will check on whether we loved Him and our neighbors. Thus, fulfilling all of the commandments.

  8. I pray for your strength, wisdom and courage Larry.

  9. Judy,

    Thanks. I appreciate your prayers.

  10. Hi Larry, Thank you for visiting and reading my new blog. I too have been recognizing that God is getting louder in warning us that if we do not repent, he will have to judge, not just the West Coast, but the entire United States as a nation. The other day a friend of mine asked me what we as Christians could do. The answer is in II Chronicles 7:14 “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from Heaven and will heal their land.” He is calling us out from business as usual to a greater, more holy calling. I think about what happened in Nineveh when Jonah went there and told them that if they didn’t change, they would immediately be destroyed. Because they repented, they were not judged until many years later. The same is true today. The answer to our present dilemma here is definitely not in the hands of our government (the government does not have a clue!) the answer is in the hands of those of us who claim his name.

  11. howmyspiritsings,

    Thanks. I agree wholeheartedly with you.

  12. Larry,

    For what it might be worth to you – and whether it actually applies 100% or not I’m not sure (hopefully it is at least interesting) – I was looking over some highlights of a book I started reading a while back and found this:

    “A leading American pastor laments, ‘Why is today’s church so weak? Why are we able to claim many conversions and enroll many church members but have less and less impact on our culture? Why are Christians indistinguishable from the world?'”

    The author of the book added this comment: “Should we not at least consider the possibility that this poor result is not in spite of what we teach and how we teach, but precisely because of it?”

    The book is ‘The Divine Conspiracy’ by Dallas Willard.

  13. Mike,

    That is interesting. I might have to look into Willard’s book.

  14. I missed this, but am so glad that I saved it, so I could know how to pray for you and what He is asking of you. The losing focus thing is me too. God bless you , Larry, as He shows you how to reach as many as possible. He keeps bringing me the reminder of seasons. This feels like a new season to me.

  15. Debbie,

    Thanks. It feels like a new season to me and like all new seasons, who knows which way the wind blows?

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