Yesterday, I was sent an email from someone who I do not know. The email began with these words:
As I walked into church at MorningStar in Ft. Mill this morning, I saw a poster on the church door for our upcoming Harvest conference which is this week. I saw the USUAL speakers and said to myself…. “Same old faces, same old voices, where is the new breed of prophets …?”
This email stirred up a memory.
The memory was of letter I wrote to Rick Joyner (leader of MorningStar Ministries) many years ago when I was 31 years old. So I searched for it on my hard drive, and lo and behold, I found it.
What’s striking about the letter is that this person’s concern (above) was identical to one of the points I made in my letter to Rick so long ago. (See the third point.)
Rick and I have never met. I regard him as a brother in Christ, and I have no negative word to say about him (as is the case with every person who serves the Lord today, whether I agree with them or not). I don’t follow his ministry and haven’t for many years.
Note that when I wrote this letter in 1996, I hadn’t written any books and was completely unknown to anyone outside my close friends and family.
At the time, I had been out of the organized church for eight years and was experiencing my first taste of organic body life during that time. Also: none of the references in the letter are to myself. Rather, they are to others who I knew at the time (some of whom I still know today).
In addition, I have rarely written to a ministry in this way. And that’s still the case.
I still stand by the letter and hope it will challenge every ministry that holds large conferences and has fallen into tribal cliquishness — only giving a platform to the same voices year after year. This is the reason why I’m posting it all these years later.
One final point. Rick’s ministry was enormous when I wrote this letter. Today, it’s dwindled significantly. (My cousin attends his church, and it’s not nearly as large as it once was.) Right or wrong, I ascribe this decline in numbers and impact to some of the points I made in the letter, particularly point 3.