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Where is the Anguish?

I just listened to this sermon segment from David Wilkerson on anguish. I wholeheartedly agree and have to ask, where is the anguish in the church today? We weep and wail over an election, but where is the weeping and wailing over the sins of the people in our nation, our communities or even in our local churches? We should be driven by anguish to deep prayer and an unquenchable desire to share the gospel, yet the Church is more consumed with making friends with the world. Please watch this video and ask yourself, where is the anguish today?

About Chris Hohnholz

Born again believer in Jesus Christ • Co-Host, Producer, All Around Gofer Monkey at Cross Encounters Radio

11 comments on “Where is the Anguish?

  1. I remember watching this a few years ago, and I could not agree more. His pleading call to the church has stuck with me ever since.

  2. I’m so humbled and grateful to belong to a church that preaches with this sort of passion. Glory to God that there are still faithful preachers of His Word.

  3. I can’t watch the video right now but my personal opinion is that anguish and love should work together. After reading half of 2 Corinthians today I just felt like I got a much clearer picture of God’s heart through getting a better understanding of Paul’s heart. It was the most clear I’ve ever felt like I’ve had the Holy Spirit show me something. I just saw in him this fatherly attitude that he knew he would probably have to rebuke those in the church for sin, some of them at least. He certainly wasn’t looking forward to it and was hoping as it is clear in his final comments that he wanted them to follow through with his message to them and make sure all were repenting. I don’t know exactly what it is about him, but I just could see a fatherly passion in Paul. Although he was in anguish over them and their lack of commitment to Christ and understanding of what they were doing to themselves by sinning and it was so clear that he wanted the best for them. I think we should love our nation in this way. We should certainly be in anguish over it’s sin and we don’t have many Paul type characters where when his rebuke is heard the church will surely respond to his love, it seemed like they responded better to Paul since they were aware they were young and needed to follow what the apostles taught. Our church today in America doesn’t really look up to anyone like that in a way where a fatherly rebuke would be heard but I think we need to share his fatherly love all the same. We should be encouraged that we can be a light to this nation shouldn’t we? We have such a dark nation here so we should definitely be able to shine through with a fatherly love and wake some up if God is willing and I think he is. Let us love our nation like we can see Paul loved those who needed rebuke. Our nation needs far more rebuke I think since we are so carnal and wicked outwardly and have no clue what repentance is in general but I think a real love will shine through, can’t wait to actually listen to the video! Please correct me anywhere you can. I realized that I babble a lot and it probably means I used careless words to express my opinion so I welcome loving rebuke.

  4. Ah but Chris, that would take at least half the folks attending religious meetings in steeple houses to be elect and not in name only reprobates…to say nothing of the legion of hirelings and worse herding them to their purpose in life…

    Unless someone can give me another legitimate reason for the famine of the Word in the land, the self seeking pulpit pimps, and the absolute hardness of hearts and pure unadulterated apathy in the pews…unless you are talking about “my pastor” and “my church.” To say nothing of the folks who could not vote for a mormon, yet evangelicals voted well for the Muslim!

  5. This message is deeply personal to me. Some years ago I sat and listened to it at my desk at work and began weeping in the office. It was in this period that God began personally reviving me and drawing my heart to him. I started questioning everything status quo in christendom and in my own heart. I was deeply grieved over my apathy.

    May the lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering.

  6. Amen Flee! Amen!!

  7. Psalms 119:136 – Rivers of water run down from my eyes,
    Because men do not keep Your law.

    Thank you for this convicting message. I wish the same reaction as fleebabylon, especially in light of the ongoing tumult that God has ordained in our nation as a consequence of our lukewarmness and acceptance of the ungodly “status quo”. May He start with my own heart and lead me into prayer and further action!

  8. I know that I have been in deep anguish several times in my life. I had searched for a few years for a good bible oreaching church. I finally found it and was active there for 5 years, until the bottom fell out. My pastor had had an afair with a woman who worked with him in a church he used to pastor. He was forgiven by that church, the woman and his wife. He was asked to leave. Fifteen years later he got the pastorship with our church. He was very good, but he wanted to change things that weren’t working. He preached the Word with great emotion. We had alter calls each Sunday. The powers to be at the church, elderly men who started the church 50 years ago, were against him changing anything and angry that the pastor tought the gospel so much and spent too much time on the Bible. These men wanted more entertainment and less preaching. Someone got wind of the pastor’s afair from 15 years earlier. That was just the amunition they needed to force him out. This included the pastor’s wife, his son who was in charge of the music, his other son who was in charge of the Youth group and very well loved, his daughter in law who was in charge of the Sunday school, and other daughter in law was in charge of the chorus. They were voted out by 15 members. The congregation was in serious morning and outrage over the situation. Hardly anyone knew about it until the day before the vote. I was in so much anguish over the unfairness of it all. I cried so hard, I could hardly breath. Where would the pastors family go? Then I realized that this wouldn’t have happened if the congregation were members. 85%, including myself came to church each sunday and worked for the church, but I have always had a problem with making a committment to join the church, any church. I have always thought of myself as a good and true Christian. But, I guess I got lazy and expected the preacher to teach me, and all I had to do was to sit back and listen. I should have been reading my bible each night, but other things seemed more important. I did pray a lot. I also realized that I was being entertained by the serman each week without a thought about my acountability in and for the church. I felt my pastor’s pain and my own
    pain for being a luke warm Christian. But NOW I was at a low point and asked for dorgiveness from God. I promised to get back in my reading and the spreading of the gospel to others. I was afraid, but I knew God would be with me. The Pastor was so popular, that half the congregation offered to help him find a new church. We did and the congregation followed him over to the neqw place. I took evangalism cources for the second time and went to fairs, Malls, WalMart, and events around town handing out tracts. Sometimes people would ask us about God, the bible and the gospel. Our church became a community outreach. We are divided up into groups. each group works with different people. We feed the needy, help the pregnant teens, talk to the strippers and men who are involved with drugs and troubled teens as well as the regular citizen. We repair peoples houses, bring song and presents to shut ins, and set up a Woman’s Christian Daycare. All of this came out of ANGUISH. We as a group had to get out of the 4 walls and do God’s work. We are the church, it isn’t just a building. We have had many many people come to a saving faith in Jesus. They are the hardest workers for the Lord. We have motor cycle gangs who now have Jesus as their savior, and are now very kind. They have tattoos and rings all over, but they have become the salt of the earth. A stripper now is so pius, and have been forgiven and forgave herself. These people maybe hard to aproach. But God had a plan for them. We just had to turn to God for guidence. God was and is in Control at all times. I think we have to hit bottom sometimes to reach for God. He is there to pull us out of the hole and set us down on firm ground. We are in anguish when we know that we are like rotten stinking rags, filthy sinners to God, and yet he uses Grace to change us to be clean of All our old ways. We are purified in His sight. God dosen’t have to do anything for us, but he loves us so much he forgives us and sets us free of the old burdons. God fills our heart with much love and a desire to respect and Love God back, and want to be a part of His Family. All this wouldn’t be possible without Jesus Christ dying on the Cross for OUR sins. When we have faith in Jesus and asks him to be our savior and to fill our heart with his love and forgive our past, He will change us from the inside out. We are a new person, a new creation.
    I I feel bad when I do something stupid or say or even think something bad. I don’t want to disapoint God. This transformation from our World View to the Spiritual World View, changes us in heart and mind. The connection one has, enables them to stand up to adversity, especially
    Satan’s attacks and those of unbelieving sinners and crooks. I can handle attacts better.
    Other events have also sent me into deep depression early on in my 20’s. Once I was beaten by a gang member who was trying to kill one of my students. I was 6 months pregnant at the time and lost my baby. That resulted in me coming to the Lord in the first place. It often takes a wake-up call for us to search our souls and see who God sees, and realize something has to change.
    I was a Born Again Christian 30 years ago. Even a true believer can fall. I have to fight off temptation. We all sin from time to time, but ask for forgiveness and really mean it. I have my church family to help me and my family and most of all God. I am not alone. I have been in
    a nguish lately over the fact that I feel I have let God down. I don’t feel as if I have contacted enough people with the gospel. Our time here on earth is fleeting by. Almost all the bible prophecies have been fullfilled. There are only a few prophecies left to be fulfilled before Jesus Christ returns.
    This is your choice World, Salvation or a life for eternity in Hell!! This Hell will be the ultimate ANGUISH of Regrets for eternity, without any possibility of parole.
    Susan

  9. I remember hearing this a couple years ago. I wonder if we will be in anguish now? Good post.
    Peace,
    Deirdre

  10. I remember posting this about a year or so ago on Facebook and I had a so called Christian rebuke me and say that this only leads to legalism. He proceeded to use foul language and to attack Wilkerson (who is now in glory) while attacking the call to prayer, to anguish over the state of the church. I pray he repents even to this day. Sadly, there are many others like that man who don’t want anything to do with being a disciple of Jesus and broken over their own sin or the state of the church today. God help us.

  11. Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    (2 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

    In these last days our ministry is to deliver the lost from perdition and snatch the deceived within the church from the wiles of the devil. There are churches which are faithful and true to the gospel once delivered to the saints, but they are few and far between. I am involved in a rescue and recovery mission. It is the Lord’s work, but I labor along side Him. I trust His leading by the Holy Spirit and His Word. The great falling away is cleary occurring, we must be faithful and true to our God and His Glorious Gospel given to us in His Holy Word and vouchsafed to us through His Beloved Son Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ is the Savior of all mankind, especially the believer. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. (1 Tim 4:10) And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
    (1 John 2:2)
    The invitation is open to all, let us share the truth with all, whether the lost for their salvation or the converted for their recovery and edification. May God grant us mercy, grace and love to accomplish His Work!

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