If we clutch to ourselves the goodness of [reform], it will rot like the manna that fell daily in the wilderness. To minister to those in need is to minister to Christ. A ministering family is a growing family. I just returned from doing seminars in North Carolina. I had very pleasant stays in three different homes where each family had several children under eight-years-old. It is a renewing experience to interact with God-centered homeschooling families. I am encouraged by what I am seeing and the letters and reports I am receiving from all over this land. There is a slow, steady revival of holiness and deliverance. For the last fifty years Satan has been increasingly trampling the homes of America into the mud. When it seemed that the children would be forsaken, wounded in the field; when it appeared parents had relinquished their duty to nurture their own children; when Hollywood was gobbling up the last bit of sanity left in the home, many of us had given up hope and retreated to a quiet place, thinking ourselves to be the last survivors of Christianity. But like the animals God called to Noah’s ark, thousands were hearing a call to “Come out of her my people and be not partaker of her sins.”
I daily receive scores of letters, many telling of great victories in the home. God does indeed have His remnant. The scales of blindness are falling away and old fashioned holiness is making a comeback. This is not a movement under one ministry or one denomination. In fact, I know of few churches that are even able to comprehend this phenomena. We receive many letters from parents who are concerned because their church is the only remaining corrupting influence on their family. God is doing a work from the heart out, instead of from the pulpit down.
I encourage Bible believing pastors to wake up and clean out a corner in the church to contain this movement of God. It will not go away; but many families are leaving structured Christianity to gather in a protected environment with like minded families. Our larger cities are dotted with hundreds of home churches. If the cream leaves our churches, Pastors will be missionaries to what is left of their congregations.
Once Christian fathers and mothers bolster the courage to stand up and take charge of their lives, there is no stopping them from going all the way to completely reform their families. The reform is personal, as seen by a change in diet, entertainment and personal habits. The reform is economical, as seen by a movement to live debt free, under one’s means rather than right on the edge. The reform is family centered, as seen by the increased size of the families and the structuring of time and activities around the family’s needs. The reform is religious, as seen by the increase in personal and family devotion and holiness. The reform is medical, as seen by a revival of interest in herbs, natural child birth, and personally taking charge of one’s own diagnoses and treatment.
The reform is often occupational. Many Fathers are moving their families out of the cities and into a simpler lifestyle. More fathers are seen with a hoe in their hand rather than a golf club, and their children by their side rather than business associates. Mothers are seen standing with their girls, wearing aprons smudged with wheat flower, rather than standing in the shopping malls.
This is a revival of family life, of the Christian home. From these homes, like from a honey tree, flows a sweetness and purity that is a joy to see. I am thankful to live in this age and to be a part of this remnant of reform.
My prayer is that in our zeal to flee the world we do not become self-centered and withdrawn from those in need. As we choose our school, church, occupation, and neighbors, let us not become like the Pharisee who, seeking to justify himself, said, “Who is my neighbor?” If we clutch to ourselves the goodness of this movement, it will rot like the manna that fell daily in the wilderness. To minister to those in need is to minister to Christ. A ministering family is a growing family. A self-centered family is like a plant feeding upon its own foliage. It will wither and die. By giving we receive. You will increase your family by tending to the dying of this world. Let us not save this great bounty for ourselves, but rather lead our children in giving it away.
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I know this is a very old article.....
But I wanted ask Mr. Pearl:
HOW DO WE BECOME A MINISTERING FAMILY when we live out in the woods, are staying busy at home and trying to live off the land and still pay bills, and rarely encounter unsaved people?
My husband and I are questioning if this is possible.
We REALLY enjoy living exactly the kind of life your article describes- goats, chickens, honey bees, blueberry plants, gardens.... (my husband is a Mr. Visionary. 😉
But at the same time that we love it, we also feel less useful somehow, because we are not a part of society anymore. We are a good thirty minutes from a town and it's difficult to invite unsaved (potential friends) over to build relationships because of the drive time for them... or to find time for us to go to their home.
We fear we are becoming self centered. My husband did missions for a few years... I have taught girls in Sunday school. We've always been active in reaching out.
But as we pursue this quieter life, all of that seems so HARD to do now.
We have no children yet. But hope to become foster parents this year.
We are often asking ourselves if we need to move into the city because that is where the PEOPLE are. We're afraid to choose this life if it might be a cop out.
So all that to say- HOW DO YOU DO THIS?
Thank you in advance!
Mike wrote an article with his reply here: http://nogreaterjoy.org/articles/but-i-wanted-to-ask-mr-pearl/