Francis Chan on the Holy Spirit, the Forgotten God

Here are a couple of quotes from his book:

“I’m willing to bet there are millions of churchgoers across America who cannot confidently say they have experienced His presence or action in their lives over the past year. And many of them do not believe they can. The benchmark of success in church services has become more about attendance than the movement of the Holy Spirit. The “entertainment” model of church was largely adopted in the 1980’s and ‘90’s and while it alleviated some of our boredom for a couple of hours a week, it filled our churches with self-focused consumers rather than self-sacrificing servants attuned to the Holy Spirit….The light of the American church is flickering and nearly extinguished, having largely sold out to the kingdoms and values of this world….We are not all we were made to be when everything in our lives and churches can be explained apart from the work and presence of the Spirit of God….shouldn’t there be a huge difference between the person who has the Spirit of God living inside of him or her and the person who does not?”
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“The truth is that the Spirit of the living God is guaranteed to ask you to go somewhere or do something you wouldn’t normally want or choose to do. The Spirit will lead you into the way of the cross, as He led Jesus to the cross, and that is definitely not a safe or pretty or comfortable place to be. The Holy Spirit of God will mold you into the person you were made to be…”

You can see a review of the book from which the quotes are taken, here.
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Do let me know what you think!

HT: David Head

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3 responses to “Francis Chan on the Holy Spirit, the Forgotten God

  1. The excerpt that you reprinted there is truth and needful to be published in this day and time. Where is the Spirit? Where is the sacrificial life that Christ demonstrated and the Apostles held up as an example of how we as Christians should also live?

  2. Pingback: Here is the WP version of my 2010 Year in review « συνεσταύρωμαι: living the crucified life

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