A good friend recently shared this interview clip with me from Larry Randolph where Larry speaks about coming shift of church that God is bringing soon to the body of Christ. This caught my attention right off the bat because I happen to believe the same thing. I have seen too much evidence to that effect in recent months to convince me otherwise. But in so doing, I believe that if God changes how we think about and do church, it will be an extremely painful experience to some.
Larry Randolph explains this principle that whatever can be shaken, will be shaken and how it applies to this cultural shift about to take place in the body of Christ. “There is a shift coming,” said Randolph. “This is the kind of not unlike a shift that follows an earthquake. No earthquake happens by itself. An earthquake is actually a secondary response to the shift of the plates underneath the earth,” said Randolph. So the earthquake just declares something else has already happened. But here’s the problem with Christians. We want the earthquake but we don’t want the change. We want God to do something tremendous and enormous in our lives and shake the foundations of everything that we know but we’re not willing to shift,” explains Randolph. Randolph says that a new reformation is coming to the church in our time where people, who were in the pulpit, will be thrust into leadership roles in the marketplace and those who were in marketplace will be thrust into leadership roles in the church. Randolph believes that the church has been, in essence, fishing from the wrong side of the boat. “God told me recently, that like Peter, you and the church have been fishing from the wrong side of the boat and either shift or get out of the way” he adds.
I believe Randolph is right. We do see a new era coming to the church. Some will embrace it, most will not. Some will try to make the new era fit into the old models and this will not be successful. Randolph concedes that leaders will be very challenged in handling this shift because it goes against the status quo where pastor is king, and all things typically happen by and through the pastor. He contends that the church has sincerely been praying for revival and for reformation in our church and God is about to answer that prayer in the form of spiritual earthquakes in our lives and in the church. “I’m bored with the status quo” [of church], Randolph adds. We need to make the shift from the unproductive side to the productive side of the boat, and when God changes things, he doesn’t just change one thing, he usually changed everything. Many are praying for change and it’s about to happen,” Randolph says, but warns us to get ready, because change can be painful.