It’s taken 30 years but we finally have the answer to this question. Settler! Sovereign Grace Ministries has settled for the traditional and stopped pioneering the biblical with the ratification of its new polity on April 12. A commitment to the restoration of the church has been replaced by commitment to the establishing of a denomination.
Sovereign Grace Ministries was once whole heartedly committed to the authority, simplicity and sufficiency of Scripture. No longer. Over the past year, its leaders have abused, twisted, and set aside Scripture in order achieve pragmatic ends. SGM used to be characterized by a radical obedience to Jesus Christ; we were little concerned about the opinions of men. We were glad to be foolish for Christ and despised in the eyes of the world (religious and otherwise). We danced, shouted, spoke in tongues, and cast out demons. The Book of Acts was real to us.
The Sep/Oct 1994 issues of our magazine was titled, “What Do We Do When the Spirit Says…Jump!” The Nov/Dec issue was titled, “Times of Refreshing – Overwhelming Encounters with the Spirit of God.” For over a year, churches throughout SGM were being overwhelmed by powerful encounters with the risen Lord which resulted in changed lives. People by the thousands were being baptized in the Holy Spirit and filled with the Spirit.
From our inception in 1982, we desired all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be in operation for the purpose of evangelism, church planting and church building. The premier issue of the magazine in Sep/Oct 1983 was titled, “Restoration of the Church – Are You a Pioneer or a Settler?” The next three issues were successively titled “Evangelism as a Lifestyle,” “Apostolic Team Ministry,” and “Becoming a Prophetic People.” C.J. wrote the featured article on becoming a prophetic people because he was a prophet as noted in his biography. Here are several quotes from his article.