By Mark Ellis —
At least a remnant of the people involved in the Jesus movement of the ’70s are longing for another wave of the Spirit to pour over the world. One key participant in the movement believes something much bigger is coming.
“Those days are going to return, the Lord has already told me that,” says Connie Bremer Murray, once married to evangelist Lonnie Frisbee, the man God used to propel the growth of two denominations: Calvary Chapel and the Vineyard movement.
“He told me that was a wave. But this next thing is going to be like a tsunami.” About 15 years ago, God first began to impress on Connie’s heart that something big was coming, but lately she has been sensing this more and more.
At first, the idea of a tsunami seemed merely like a bigger wave.
“Then the Lord revealed to me a tsunami tears things up, tosses things. There will be a real gathering in and a real winnowing of the wheat,” she says.
Biblical cultures used windy hilltops for the winnowing process, separating grain from chaff. “There is nothing like people coming to God on their knees or coming to their right thinking when they are persecuted or times get hard. I don’t know what it is going to entail,” she notes.
“Any of us who are alive who participated in the harvest fields in our youth, the ‘olders’ will be supporting the ‘youngers,’ giving them (food) to eat, spare cars, and spare rooms as they travel.”
She thinks the movement may begin among young people. “I see a real stirring among young people of today, the 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20-year-olds. When I run into them, they don’t want anything phony. They are looking for the real deal – a real connection with the Holy Spirit,” she says.
“The kids know something is not quite up to snuff.”
The cleansing power of the tsunami may begin in the house of the Lord. “There is a swagger in the body of Christ when we can get away with murdering each other with our words and think that we will not be held accountable even though Jesus said that every one of our words is eternal,” she observes.
Connie wants to know the hard truth in God’s Word, even if it makes her uncomfortable. “If you don’t leave the s____ in the story you don’t have any story at all. God left it all in the Bible. In the stories in the Bible it’s all there,” she notes.
“We have confused our job with God’s job. We’re not supposed to make sure everybody drives 55 miles an hour. Our job is to give them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and present his love and friendship and all that goes with it.
“We have not been teaching very well. These kids are getting to a place where they realize they have been sold a bill of goods because there is no power in it. There is no power because we’re not doing what God says. When we do what God says, the power goes out ahead of us; we don’t have to drag it, beat the drum and stir it up.”
She longs for a return to the days when it felt like they were “walking right through the Bible, acting like you’re living in the Bible.”
“I’ve been taking things a little more literally for myself lately, the last years. I feel like something is brewing.”