I wrote about Fire Tunnels yesterday and have a follow up.
Fire Tunnels are where prayer teams form two lines facing each other ready to pray for, lay hands on for impartation, and to bless the people who walk through it. Moving quickly, the goal is move people through as others speak healing and blessings upon them in a rather quick fashion.
I found some video on a Fire Tunnels that I thought I should share. The Fire Tunnel videos feature people moving through the Fire Tunnel being prayed for and in various stages of euphoric expression. Drunk with the Holy Spirit? Blessed with an outpouring of joy? Watch this video first and then decide:
I sometimes wonder if we all have a bit of a religious spirit. Some of us have more than others. When I watch the video above, something goes on inside me leaving me wondering what others might be thinking of Fire Tunnels. What must you be thinking? Are you thinking, “never in my church, no sir!” or something like “I can’t wait to organize a Fire Tunnel at my church.” There were experiences that occurred in Toronto, Pensacola and Brownsville in the last 15 years that had the church questioning itself. Moves of God or counterfeit revival? Experiential or Holy Spirit?
I ask these things not for my own opinion but to get you thinking. I personally believe this is God. In fact, when I watch these videos, I get goose bumps. We need to get the church to the place where we are experiencing God and not just learning about Him. That needs to be the norm and not the exception. I don’t want visitations with God. I want cohabitation with Him. Don’t you? Honestly, are hymnals and Sunday services by dry speakers all there is? God must be board of of His mind with some churches. Moreover, when was the last time we weren’t talking AT our kids and were instead showing them how to experience God in Kid’s Church? We never show kids how to experience God. All we do is talk, talk, talk and try to keep them entertained for an hour. Kids rarely even get good worship. And then we wonder why the church produces nothing but religious people when we reach adulthood.
Let’s now watch the second Fire Tunnel video. It is from a much closer perspective and if the first one bothered you, this will really offend your religious spirit. You can see many expressions of the experience. Again, when watching it, what do you feel? What do you think? God or experience?
I picked these two videos because they are from two different perspectives. Both seem to capture a few different expressions that are going on in the Fire Tunnel.
If we are going to honest with ourselves, then we have to be consistent. If you have a standard of perfection, be warned. This might offend you. I think it VERY IMPORTANT to not throw the baby out with the bath water in all instances. Not all experiences are all bad and we should be mature enough to take the good with the bad. You don’t throw your kids out on the street when they fail you, do you? Why then do that with your experiences of God? If something isn’t God, deal with it, use it, teach from it – show other how to use discernment for it. It’s a great opportunity. There may be some very good things about what was happening at the time and we should be bring ALL things to God and keep what is good. If our standard is perfection, leave the church now! You will never have it. I mean, honestly, why do we feel that it’s all or nothing with the prophetic but with teachers and pastors, we can handle a misstatement or fleshy moment every week. I don’t see people crying out for us to cast out all Teachers or Pastors, do you?
So let’s all agree to be consistent. We believe in the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Holy Spirit. Let’s now learn to walk with the Holy Spirit. If you’re not ready for Fire Tunnels in your church, ministry or group, ask yourself why? Is it going to be business as usual? Are we ever going to ask ourselves if this is all there is with our church experiences?