A GENERATION WHICH STRAYED FROM GOD During the past thirty years Christianity has been in serious decline. The so-called 'flower power' generation (the Baby Boomers) began to run after eastern religions, search for god in nature and experiment with mind bending drugs. They shall be renowned as the generation which threw away sexual restraint, cast off definitions of fixed moral boundaries, rebelled against authorities- church and state, and proclaimed a breed of morality which is almost exclusively self-centred. The catch cry of the 60's became 'if it feels good, do it!'. It is interesting to note some of the sociological changes which has come about as a result of this explicit cultural inheritance today's social leaders embraced. Australia has seen a marked increase in substance abuse, legalisation of many forms of drugs, promotion of homosexual 'equality', euthanasia made legal in one territory, one of the highest rates of youth suicide in the world and more violent deaths from gun shots each year than Australians who were killed in the Vietnam war. Likewise we have seen rampant abuses of power among senior management in both corporate business and in government departments, especially the police. Divorce rates, child abuse, pornography, and child care attendance are increasing, and surprise, surprise: church attendance is in decline! A SHOCKING THING WILL COME TO PASS Three times in 1995 the Lord warned me of a shocking thing which he is about to do, a new and serious judgement that is being passed on the 'Boomers'. The Baby Boomers are, by and large a self centred generation. They focus on their needs, their fulfilment and satisfaction, their church growth and reputation. By and large they do not care for Gen- eration X which is why sociologists call them 'the lost generation'. They are fatherless. They have only trainers and counsellors, because they have been abandoned. They have been cast into child care facilities as their parents chase fleeting wealth. They have been palmed off with guilt money instead of receiving love! But God's plan for these very last days is to raise up fathers for the young. "Lo, I will send you the prophet Elijah before the great and terrible day of the LORD comes. He will turn the hearts of parents to their children and the hearts of children to their parents, so that I will not come and strike the land with a curse." (Mal 4:5). He has tested this current generation and found them lacking. He has weighed them, and they have not moved the balance. His intention for fathers to come in the spirit of Elijah has been passed on to Generation X. There are a few rare exceptions to this, who actually have a father's heart. But because of the majority, He is about to do a new thing... A CHOSEN GENERATION The Lord desires that their children (Generation X) not follow in the ways of their ancestors. He is looking for an obedient, steadfast, faithful and true generation- a righteous generation to rise up as a banner against the tide of humanism, occultism and wayward behaviour sweeping against us. His agenda is to raise up a chosen generation which will take a radical stand against such things, and take on the image of Christ! "Righteousness shall be the belt around [their] waist, and faithfulness the belt around [their] loins." (Isa 11:5). And they shall be seen by all the world, and shall triumph over the sin of their fathers. God declared by the prophet Isaiah that, "On that day the root of Jesse shall stand as a ensign to the peoples; the nations shall inquire of him, and his dwelling shall be glorious... He will raise a banner for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isa 11:10 & 12 NKJV) I believe that the Lord is about to move on behalf of the lost gener- ation. He declares "these sons of mine were dead and are alive again; they were lost and now are found!"(Luke 15:24 paraphrased). Very few of the current leaders in the church will be allowed to partake of what God is about to do in the earth. Very few will be allowed to lead, because they have corrupted the young, and then cast them off. He is about to raise up His mighty hand, put on strength and display His power through the weak, the outcast, the lowly, the young. A WARNING TO THE 'X-ERS' Whilst it may be God's agenda to raise up a new standard we must be very careful not to judge our present leaders. There are some faithful leaders today, there are some fathers. In the same way, young people can disinherit themselves from God's coming move by following in the ways of their ancestors. Generation X has many of the same fruits of their fathers: selfishness, absorption in entertainment, abusing drugs, lack of sexual restraint, rebellious and in many cases violent. They must be very careful not to get proud. Each must repent of what they have done, and what ever failure we have made, then stand for His holiness. We must cry with David, "Search my heart, O God, and know my ways, try me and see if there be any wicked way within me". We should cry out to God to raise up his leadership, and for godly elders to raise up the Timothy's. We must counsel those in Generation X to be looking to raise up those younger than they (Generation Y, born 1981 to present). Those who are part of the Baby Boomer generation should seek Paul's heart and raise up the Timothy's. And the younger men, seeking to be like Timothy should go out and father the youth. In this way we shall be ready to partake of God's divine agenda in this day, and take part in the great harvest coming, when it will just not do to be an instructor, but rather to be a Father. God bless you all. Robert Holmes, Sydney, Australia.Email:- firstname.lastname@example.org
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