Sure, God told some people that they would suddenly become evangelical, but not until they move to the country, away from the people. Until then, it's status quo except for Cattle-Car Sunday.
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie -- deliberate,
contrived and dishonest -- but the myth -- persistent, persuasive and
-- John F Kennedy
Yep, just bend the truth a bit and it becomes a myth as opposed to a lie. If the roof leaks, don't fix it but tell the folks it is because the building is old. Then just let the roof fall in so you can publicly announce, "See, the roof is falling down and we need to move."
A man is his own easiest dupe, for what he wishes to be true he generally
believes to be true.
We wish to be evangelical. We even tell folks we are. But we really don't reach lost people. We claim to be evangelical. But we are not evangelical enough to reach lost people who live within walking distance of the church. So we tell folks we need to MOVE AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE in order "to reach lost people." How illogical is that?? We aren't reaching lost people now, but if we repeat that myth over and over, perhaps the folks will stop thinking how illogical that is and just accept it as truth.
We WISH we had a new building. So we tell folks we need it "to reach lost people." We don't reach lost people now, but we tell folks we do. Then we repeat it over and over.
In matters of religion it is very easy to deceive a man, and very hard to
-- Pierre Bayle
Repeat it long enough and often enough and enough folks will soon believe it. Now, many have said "we need to move," "we need a new building," etc. Some have said "we have prayed about it" and "it is God's will." Yet nobody has given a legitimate reason why. When I give arguments, they just keep repeating the myth, over and over, trying to convince me...or trying to convince themselves that the myth is true.
It is "God's will"..."to reach lost people"
Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision.
-- Robertson Davies
"Inner Vision." I suppose that is the biggest myth. God somehow miraculously spoke to some members of FBCAlamo but God forgot to speak to ALL the people of FBCAlamo. Some think GOD told them to move away from the people and they would instantly become evangelical. Some others know the truth.
The Holy Spirit is telling some to move and telling some to stay.
Did God somehow speak to you? Did God tell you to move to the country? Did God tell you to reach lost people? Did God tell you to WAIT until you move to the country until you begin to REACH LOST PEOPLE or did God tell you to reach lost people now? Which was it that God told you?
Like I said in the very first post, if you aren't reaching lost people now, what makes you think you are going to reach lost people later?
If you aren't reaching lost people now, you won't reach them later. Not a prediction of doom. Just the truth.