Pat Robertson on The Real Reason Churches Avoid Change

Pat Robertson (YouTube/”The 700 Club”)

Another eternal principle in the secret kingdom I call the Law of Change. Jesus said that nobody will “put new wine into old wineskins. Or else the wineskins burst, the wine runs out, and the wineskins perish. But they put new wine into new wineskins” (Matt. 9:17a). What is the spiritual meaning of this teaching?

Human institutions, like old wine skins, become brittle and are often subject to cracking. People involved are set in their ways, and they love the phrase “we have always done it this way.”

In his brilliant treatise on the New Testament, J. B. Phillips said, “Those who think they know God always persecute those who really do.” Contemplate the historic record when Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the church in Wittenberg. He was merely trying to be a good Catholic and offer suggestions to bring about peaceful reform. Instead he was excommunicated and hunted down as an outlaw by the ecclesiastical hierarchy.

When John Calvin gained ecclesiastical control of Geneva, he permitted the drowning of those known as Anabaptists, who felt that being sprinkled as unbelievers was inadequate and wanted to be baptized by immersion as believers.

King Henry VIII started what we now know as the Episcopal Church, and yet he had one of his many wives executed because she held allegiance to the pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

In the modern era, charismatics and Pentecostals were persecuted by Baptists and more Protestant denominations because the old skins could not accommodate the new wine that the Holy Spirit was pouring out throughout the world.

Henry Ford was considered a brilliant inventor, but he was fixated on the manufacturing of his black, stripped-down Model T automobile. When his son, Edsel, created a shiny, sleek Model A car, it was reported that his father took a sledgehammer and broke the beautiful new car to pieces.

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SOURCE: Charisma News