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Sunday, March 4th, '18

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SLEEPER CELLS

"So the captain came to him, and said to him, What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God..." (Jonah 1:6 NKJV)

 

The CIA and FBI both report that "sleeper cells" are operating right here in the United States. I know that for sure; I've been in some of them. One sits on the corner of Third and Elm, another down on Highway 55. They're called lukewarm Laodicean churches and they're one of the greatest threats to America's freedom. Remember when Napoleon laid out a map of the world before his lieutenants. He took a pen and circled what is modern-day China then warned, "Gentleman, there lies a sleeping giant. Woe to the world if it ever wakes up". China has roused and is waking into an economic, military and political super cell. The church on the other hand remains a sleeper cell.

 

In the Jonah story the ship captain climbed down into the cargo bin inspecting the hull for storm damage. To his surprise and chagrin there on a wheat sack lay a backslid preacher. Called to Nineveh Jonah had fled to Tarshish. Can you imagine sailors swinging in their hammocks during an intense storm cell? No, the call was for all hands on deck. That same call goes out to the church today, all hands on deck. It's time for weeping, not sleeping. Some have already slipped off the deck and drowned. Others are scampering to the masts, dropping sails, cinching ropes, if nothing else, at least praying. But Jonah was "fast asleep" (vs 5) or as the Septuagint translated, "Jonah snored". A sleeper cell in the middle of a storm cell.

 

Instead the church ought to be a power cell. Today we are big on cell groups. A group of believers meet at Brother and Sis Jones's house for Bible study, cakes and cokes. I wonder how many of those cells are sleeper cells? Does Central Intelligence have their number? The captain grabbed Jonah by the collar and shook him. It's a shock waking up in the face of a total stranger. Jonah didn't have his bearings. He may have been enjoying a sweet dream and didn't have time to wipe the sleep out of his eyes. No doubt the church has been dreaming. But wake up she must because there' not much distance between dreaming and drowning. The Captain urged, "Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, that we perish not". The two words that stand out in that call are "perhaps" and "perish". If we don't plead we perish. Jonah was the only man on that ship that could make a difference. He was the only one in covenant with God, fugitive though he was. Mister, the ship is sinking. Iran is arming. China is awakening. Terrorism is escalating. The dollar is falling. The church is sleeping. Snooze we lose, rest we rust, slack we lack, sleep we slip. When the church snores hell scores. May the Captain shake us before it is too late. Let me remind you again, it is no myth. The CIA says there are sleeper cells right here in America. You're not a member of one, are you?


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