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Church Is Cultural Hermit

The church has become a cultural hermit. While we were staying in Thessalonica, Greece we visited the beautiful monasteries of Meteora. They are simply stunning. I was however stunned by another fact: they were nearly inaccessible to society at large. Take a closer look at the beautiful photograph of one the monasteries below. In the photograph one sees the silhouette of the local village. The monks climbed up 300-550m limestone formations to build the monasteries and stay there, divorced from the community. I assume they were trying to concentrate on worshipping God and giving themselves to seclusion to avoid being tempted by the world. They were avoiding the world when Jesus asked them to engage the world. To them the world was evil and should be shunned.Screen Shot 2018-09-03 at 12.54.35 PM

Meteora is a beautiful but sad metaphor of the Church. It is so difficult to ascend that monastery. It is nearly inaccessible. The monks separated and isolated themselves from the world so that they would not be corrupted by the world. The church is still doing that. We get into our monasteries called the church and avoid any meaningful contact with the world. We have become cultural hermits. Just like the monks retreated from the world and huddled in monasteries, the Church has similarly retreated into its own cultural monastery of Christian schools, villages, hospitals etc.

The salt has been removed from contact with the society that it should salt. Are we not the salt of the earth? Salt requires contact with society to have its effect.

The Church has withdrawn its influence from the culture and society that needs it most. As the Church disengaged the world, it left a vacuum for the devil to fill through secular humanism, Islam, New Age and other vain philosophies authored in Hell. Priestly king I plead with you: Get out of your monastery! Don’t disengage the world and society. Engage them in the name of the Lord and for kingdom purposes!

Ideas Have Consequences

Just like you can recognize a tree by its fruit, you can only definitely recognize a worldview by its fruit as well. For simplicity to discern a person’s governing worldview, check the fruit produced in the behavior and actions of that person. Worldviews just like roots are not readily evident until one sees the actions and behaviors being produced.

The things we value, the decisions we make, and our daily actions reflect and grow from the assumptions we hold about the big questions of life. Our worldview produces consequences in our everyday lives. A healthy worldview—one based on biblical truth—produces productive consequences. An unhealthy worldview—one based on lies—produces destructive consequences. A person who has a worldview that does not see any difference between human and animal life will be seen by his willingness to kill human beings to save animals. A person who does not recognize the sanctity of life does not see anything wrong with killing unborn babies.

The battle of worldviews is about discipling societies by controlling their cultures. The world runs on ideas, and these ideas have godly or ungodly consequences. We should not be taken captive by the attractive and yet erroneous ideas of unbiblical worldviews! A nation runs on a worldview. As a reminder a worldview is the sum total of the ideas (assumptions) which function as its base. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: each domain of influence. And yet we know from research methods that your assumptions determine your conclusions! You see what you already believe (or assume to be reality.) Your starting premise determines what you find from your search.

George Grant in The Micah Mandate argues, “According to Augustine, culture is —— an outworking of a people’s creed. In other words, culture is the temporal manifestation of a people’s faith. If a culture begins to change, it is not because of fads, fashions, or the passing of time, it is because of a shift in the worldview – it is because of a change of faith.” So we can see that the change in contemporary culture from its godly moorings, is a result of a shift in worldviews (towards secular humanism) because of a change of faith (notice how the western world would rather believe any strange religion than believe the Bible).


To explore this idea of worldviews further check Discipling Nations Alliance at:

Impact of Worldviews on Nation Disciplers

A worldview is a philosophy, ideology or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding and interpreting God and the world. It is a deeply ingrained organizing principle to life and culture that makes up the total set of beliefs, assumptions (or presuppositions) and ideas that we hold (consciously or unconsciously) and comprise the mindset of an individual that provides an overarching approach to determining how they view and interpret reality or the whole world. The ideas (assumptions) which make up a worldview reach into every area of life: Theology, Celebration & Communication, Education, Law & Government, Finance, Business & Economics, and Family.) Put simply a worldview is a framework by which we make sense of the world. It literally forms who we are.

A worldview is therefore a framework through which we view the world, our calling and future in it. This need not be fully articulated. It may be so internalized that it is largely unquestioned. It may not be explicitly developed into a systematic conception of life and it may not be theoretically deepened into a philosophy. Nevertheless, this framework is a channel for the ultimate beliefs which give direction and meaning to life.

A worldview is a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true or entirely false) that we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic constitution of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.

The term worldview comes from the German Weltanschauung, meaning a view or perspective on the world or universe that describes one’s total outlook, including beliefs and assumptions about reality, human nature, and the meaning and nature of life itself. In the largest sense, we all have an interpretative lens or filter we use to understand our reality and existence, and this lens develops over time.

Put simply then: Worldview is therefore the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. It is a frame of reference where the color of the lenses determines how one sees the world and makes decisions in life. Your worldview matters.

Research has demonstrated that a person’s behavior is consistent with her worldview. Your worldview reflects your basic belief system concerning all of life. It establishes your value system: what is important to you. Your worldview and value system are publicly displayed by your behavior. Behavior, then, is the outward display of your worldview. Put differently your behavior is the consequence/result of your worldview. This explains the paradox of the Christian business executive who behaves contrary to his faith.

So the worldview that the Christian brother is using as an organizing principle of his business activities is not a biblical one but one shaped by a non-kingdom culture. One’s worldview determines how the events and circumstances of life will be understood, accepted and acted upon.

Christians who have a Biblical worldview by which they make sense of the world according to God’s standards as set down in the Bible are more effective in discipling nations. The greater challenge is that because the Church has not taken its role in defining and shaping the biblical worldview seriously, we have many believers who love God but have been discipled by the wrong Faith and accepted the wrong worldview. Consequently although they are believers in Christ, their worldview and guiding philosophies work contrary to the Kingdom agenda. This partly explains why some believers will actively support and promote ideas and actor sin life who are patently against the biblical model of community and national discipleship.

Priestly King, consider and intentionally review the worldview that is driving your life!

(Extract from Tabernacle of David: The Key to Discipling Communities and Nations)

Discipled by a Wrong Worldview

I have often been perplexed to see a Christian businessman who loves God with all his heart, act in his business in very unchristian ways. Sure he proclaims that his business is a Christian business but in ethos, value, and way of acting the business is very unchristian. I have heard of Christian businesses which bribe to get their way, which demand prompt payment from debtors but delay paying their debtors so that they use their credit management system as a way of funding their business even if they have capacity to pay their creditors in time. In some cases this has happened even when they were aware that the small creditor would collapse if the big company did not pay timeously. What happened to Jesus’ words on the Golden Rule? What happened to the challenge by Scripture to avoid use of unbalanced scales in business? What has been more concerning was that because the business was run exactly like the one for non-Christians, the unbelievers have no respect for believing businesspeople.

After much soul searching I believe I have found the answer. I finally concluded that although the kingdom citizen is born again in his heart, his mind and business philosophies are not born again (read renewed) from the vain philosophies of this world. Remember we are a spirit that has a soul and lives in a body. Our spirit can be born again while our soul and body are not. These have to be conformed to the dictates of the Word of God and the Spirit of God in order to be transformed, otherwise they lag behind. We each possess a mindset, paradigm or worldview that shapes our choices and how we live. Put differently while this believer is born again, the way he does business or lives his life is determined by a worldview that is contrary to the Bible. In other words the believer is not discipled by a different worldview. That worldview determines how they run their lives and their business.

According to scholar Samuel Huntington, “In the back of our minds are hidden assumptions…that determine how we perceive reality, what facts we look at, and how we judge their importance and merits[i].” This I believe is the heart of the matter. It is the belief system that shapes our values and actions.

As a kingly priests or priestly king you need to be intentional in reviewing your life to establish which worldview has discipled or is discipling you!


Prayer Ideas for Priestly Kings

As nations pass through various stages during the complex journey to destiny, many believers ask how they should pray effectively for their nations. Here are some thoughts and directions that may be helpful:

  1. We should join Caleb and pray: Give me this mountain! Pray that God opens your eyes to your Mountain of influence. That He may deploy you into the relevant sphere of calling where your influence can help advance the Kingdom agenda.
  2. Pray for people who are in places of influence in these mountains that they are: either converted and discipled to use their influence for the Kingdom OR that God may use them as Cyruses to propel His agenda. NB King Cyrus was not a believer but God used him powerful to advance the agenda of God for Israel. See Isaiah 45:1-5
  3. Pray for priestly kings with a Kingdom mindset to occupy positions of influence in these Mountains. Pray that these be people of conviction. Not vacillators and opportunists who change depending on what they can get form the powers that be. They must then demonstrate Kingdom power and unashamedly attribute it to God. E.g. Daniel, Joseph
  4. Pray for Christians in positions of influence that they may boldly represent the Kingdom agenda, take uncompromising stand on Kingdom issues and use their influence to serve the Kingdom and people. Pray their protection from the corrupting influence of demonic powers.
  5. Pray for God to raise people up the mountains of influence who have a biblical worldview and who have the capacity to capture the mountain and implement Godly worldviews on those mountains.
  6. Pray against ungodly worldviews and their proponents that they do not hold sway in key spheres of influence in the nation.

Your Place of Assignment

Once you discover your domain of influence and your place on it, you begin the adventure for which you were created. You were created and redeemed for a Kingdom assignment. The capacity to execute your dominion mandate is directly related to your geographical location on the domain of influence. How strategically positioned are you to influence the worldview of that domain? We should not be comfortable with positions that do not maximize the leverage of influence. Your location may be as a high level bureaucrat influencing policy, a professional or business executive or a servant who has the ear of the king. It’s not the rank that matters but the ability to leverage influence even if it’s simply by proximity to the power brokers in the domain of influence. Imagine the Jewish maid to Naaman, who spoke up leading the that General experiencing the working of Jehovah Rapha (the Healer)

God chooses, gifts and anoints people for specific domains of influence. Find your place! Your kingly authority is linked to your place of assignment. To miss your purpose is to miss your assignment. To miss your place of assignment on the domain of influence is to miss your source of sustenance. Former President Joachim Chissano of Mozambique is famed as having stated, “The goat eats where it is tethered!” This was in response to a question on low civil servants salaries. It spawned corruption as it was viewed as a tacit endorsement of corruption by civil servants. However despite its unethical application, it is a Kingdom principle! You do not muzzle the ox that ploughs the field.

See I Cor 9:6-14 (ESV).  No soldier works at his own expense! Similarly those who disciple the kingdoms of this world get their living and sustenance from the mountains in which they serve. God foots the salary of His employees. If God employs you for a Kingdom assignment, He ensures that inherent in the assignment is both the provision for the assignment and your sustenance. I can put it this way: your domain of influence can be monetized! Julian Young in The Marketplace Paradigm observed that in the Kingdom of God your Kingdom assignment is intricately linked to your source of financial provision thereby connecting your divine call to your provision. In other words our kingdom provision is tied to our Kingdom mandate.

One of the key purposes of the Church is to equip and train priestly kings to take their assigned mountains for God. If we are to win the battle for the expansion of the Kingdom, then the Church has to become a boot camp. Dr R. Kenneth Strachan correctly observed that, “The successful expansion of any movement is in direct proportion to its success in mobilizing and occupying its total membership in constant propagation of its beliefs.” The Church must of necessity and as a matter of urgency mobilize, equip and deploy its membership for the battle of discipling nations and enforcing God’s will on earth.

Extracts from the my recent book which you can download for free from this link:

Tabernacle of David pdf

Kingdom Advancement

Martin Luther was quoted as saying, “A Gospel that does not deal with the issues of the day is not the Gospel at all.” A church that cannot address the issues of the day is excluded from the national conversation as people try to solve these problems. No wonder to a greater extent the Body of Christ has become irrelevant because it disconnected itself from the national conversations since it was too spiritually minded to be of any earthly value. We have to regain our place at the table of power brokers. We are kings not only priests! Our voice should be heard and our influence felt.

The longer that I live the more convinced I am that: Every child of God is called to exercise dominion and influence on behalf of the King in one of the domains (mountains) of societal influence. It may be the domain of Faith, Education, Finance, Law, Celebration, Family etc. These domains are the spheres where culture is shaped and national conversations happen. By and large the church was absent from these spheres and focused primarily in the Domain of Faith aka Church/Religion.

The Kingdom of God will rise as a mountain of influence as priestly kings discover their purpose and then invade the domains of their divine assignment to assert the will of our Father. Once we are clear that we are kings we view the discipleship mandate as a charge to kings to expand the territory of the Kingdom. We realize that we are in a battle for Kingdom expansion. We should remember that ours is not the only Kingdom contending for discipling and colonization of cultures.

Jesus taught us to pray and work for the coming of His Kingdom and the execution of His will on earth as it is in heaven. Matt 5:10 declares, “Your Kingdom come and Your Will be done.” Because we have viewed ourselves primarily as priests we have failed to enforce the Kingdom. Priests focus on worship and spiritual matters while kings focus on Kingdom expansion. We have generally performed well in our priestly function but poorly in our kingly function. That is why the Tabernacle of David needs to be restored. We are worshipping warriors and warring worshippers.

Kingly Intercession for Zimbabwe

When Jesus hung on the cross He was both a priest and a king. In redemption at the Cross, a) Jesus stood before the Father as a High Priest to reconcile us to God as the only mediator (intercessor), and b) at the Cross Jesus stood as a go-between Satan and man, thus exercising his Kingly authority to break Satan’s hold over humanity. Intercession has both a priestly and kingly function! It operates at the Tabernacle of David under the order of Melchizedek.

On the same cross He fulfilled two functions. As a high priest He met with God and reconciled us with God.  That was his priestly function.  As a King He broke the power of the devil. That was His kingly function. On the cross He made it possible for man to meet God. That’s the function of a priest. On the same Cross He also made it impossible for the devil  to meet man. That was the kingly function. Hallelujah!

The Cross was was His Work of Intercession. Jesus’ prayers of intercession are always and only an extension of His work of Intercession. Similarly our prayers of intercession are always and only an extension of His work of Intercession. Our intercession has both a priestly and kingly function!

As intercessors, we need to engage the community in intercessory work, representing the kingdom where we are. That’s why we should not disengage from business, politics, and from the things that affect society.  I can intercede through prayer. I can intercede through the things I do. David would intercede in the battlefield as he waged war for our God and then he could also intercede in prayer. So intercession requires both prayer and work.

My prayers of intercession release His finished work of intercession. His work empowers my prayers, while my prayers release His work.  In intercession I meet with God to effect a meeting [that He may meet someone at their point of need (priestly function)] BUT I also meet the Enemy to forbid him from meeting a certain person (Kingly function).

So in intercession as a priest I plead with God that He may meet somebody. In other words I am scheduling an appointment for God to meet somebody. You see intercessors are appointment schedulers. Our job as priests is to set appointments for people to meet God. When I pray for those in authority I am setting an appointment for God to meet the leaders of our nation. As intercessors we stand to schedule appointments. That’s our priestly function. Is this making sense? So when I am interceding I am saying “Lord will you meet my friend.” So we are setting up appointments.

But as a king in intercession I go to war. I meet the enemy so that I cancel a meeting that he had scheduled to meet somebody. Satan is in the business of arranging to meet people so that he can steal from them, destroy them, and even so he could kill them. But when I stand in kingly intercession I take authority over the devil and cancel his appointment with the person he wanted to destroy. I declare, “Devil I’m meeting you as a king and I’m cancelling your appointment with the nation of Zimbabwe. You can’t meet Zimbabwe. I have cancelled your appointment.” When I am praying in intercession I am cancelling appointments that the devil had scheduled to meet people and destroy them. Hallelujah!

We, through prayers of intercession, meet the powers of darkness, to enforce the victory Christ accomplished when He met them in His work of intercession on the Cross. In that sense we place His enemies under His feet.

Today let us schedule appointments for God to meet Zimbabwe (or your nation). Similarly lets cancel appointments that Satan had for Zimbabwe (or your nation)!

Declarative Prayer: “Lord God, as a priestly King, I call upon you today concerning the Constitutional Court sitting today. I ask you as the Ultimate Judge who is omniscient and knows the full facts to weigh into this matter and superitend over the deliberations. We are confused as to what is true and factual about the electoral results, so we ask you to cause the actual results to be placed on the table and be the basis of a declaration of the winner. Lord we ask that you frustrate the token of liers and expose any legal argument from either side that is based on untruth. Let the truth be revealed so that justice is meted out based on truth. We declare that the Scepter of your Kingdom is the sceptre of Justice and truth. We release that sceptre into the Courtroom today. You are the one who makes a decision in heaven and cause the earthly courts to submit to your decision. It is God who appoints kings and national leaders. We ask you to use this court process to assert your will and purpose for Zimbabwe. Lord God we schedule an appointment for you to meet Zimbabwe during this process. We cancel every appointment that had been scheduled by the Satan to destroy the future of this nation. We cancel every appointment of the enemy to cause mayhem, bloodshed and violence. We command all national institutions to recognise and obey the verdict of Heaven. We issue a restraining order on any and every national institution and instruct them to obey and uphold the decision of heaven! We declare this in Jesus name. Amen”

Source of this concept from Dutch Sheets’ book, “Intercession”. This post is extracted from my recent book which you can download from this link below:

Tabernacle of David pdf

Priestly Kings

Revelations 5:9-10 “And they sang a new song saying “you are worthy to take the book and open its seal you were slain and you have redeemed us to God by your blood out of every kindred and every tongue and people and nation and you have made us kings and priests to our God and we will reign forever and ever.” (ESV) The purpose for which he made us kings and priests is so that we may reign in this earth. So that we may have dominion. We are kings and priests.

Believers have been very good at being priestly. We have interceded a lot. But we have not been kingly enough. We have been very good in the Temple, but poor players in the marketplace. We have lost the concept of priestly kings. So the Tabernacle of David through the order of Melchizedek restores kings who are priests. That was always God’s intention. Kings know that their purpose is to advance the cause of the kingdom. They are about dominion. That’s why Jesus taught us to pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is heaven” and yet we are thinking about heaven and not thinking about the coming of the kingdom of God. That’s why believers are often poor citizens because they are thinking of heaven instead of thinking of kingdom. To make a difference, we need to be both priests and kings.

We have a dominion mandate both by creation and redemption, to rule on earth not in heaven. Priests don’t think dominion. They don’t think reigning. They don’t think impact. They don’t think community impact. They don’t think community-enhancing initiatives. The church has lost its impact because it thinks of the tabernacle of Moses as priests under the order of Aaron rather than the tabernacle of David under the order of Melchizedek. The church will be a blessing to our communities and our nations when it’s thinking kingdom, when it’s thinking dominion, reigning, and how it can make a difference. We need a paradigm shift. A mental realignment!

When you think as priests, you think being a businessman is ungodly. When we were growing up, anytime you were spiritual and loved God, you were encouraged to leave all the earthly vocations, and go serve God “full-time”. So we lost some of our most brilliant minds to the tabernacle of Moses and the nations were robbed. Who said God does not anoint scientists? Who said He does not anoint educationists? Who said God does not anoint politicians? The kingdom is about every sphere of society. If we want to make a difference, we must do the prayer of intercession, but we must also represent the kingdom by doing the work of intercession.

How can we be the salt of the earth when we are in a saltshaker? We spend our time in church and yet expect to positively affect society. When you have prayed yourself up, go into the marketplace and make a difference. Hallelujah! So He has made us kings and priests for our God to reign.

Its time for priestly kings to arise in Africa and be involved in politics, business, law, education, the arts etc.