Plastic Platforms and False Foundations


by Dr. Shawn Patrick Williams

When I traveled to the Philippines last December, I had the chance to go to a place in Manila called Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain. This prayer retreat has prayer closets, huts and even an apartment complex for those who are in a 40-day fast and prayer. They promote spending an hour or more praying with no TV, cell phones, or internet. This was an uncommon opportunity to seek the face of God without distractions.

Don’t Speak

As I went into a prayer closet, the Spirit of God said, “Don’t speak. Simply listen. Call My people to pray! Call the people of America to repent,” says the Spirit of Grace. “My will is grace. My righteousness has to judge. I must judge that which is wood, hay and stubble, and that which is silver, gold and precious stone. I deal with every man pure, true and righteous. I am just and reward the faithful man with covenant promises, even in the middle of the storms.

As I began to think about what the Spirit of God was saying, this teaching from the apostle Paul came to mind.

“According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.” 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

Just Stand

We are in the last days. Christians and churches across the globe are being tested. The foundations of each person’s walk and each church’s works are being revealed. We must pray to see any necessary foundational adjustments and make them. Fire will reveal what kind of character you really have. We can shout, “Praise the Lord!” when things are going well, but can the Western church praise God in the middle of persecution? I’ve been to Pakistan where whole churches have been burned to the ground by the Taliban and seen people continue to keep the faith. At one church in Lahore that is normally attended by about twelve hundred people, Al-Qaida set off a bomb killing one hundred and twenty people. The next week twenty-two thousand Christians showed up for worship, even while facing another bomb threat! Fox News reports that two hundred and seventy three people die each day for their faith in Christ. Does the Western church have the kind of foundation laid in its discipleship of believers to thrive under persecution like much of the rest of the world? The apostle Paul even said in the context of this passage from Corinthians that he was still dealing with babies in Christ drinking spiritual milk. Has the American church been on the milk bottle too long? Has the American church made so many scriptural compromises to have large platforms that they are really made of plastic and can’t stand the test of fire?

America has before it an opportunity to see the largest unchurched generation it’s ever had accept Jesus Christ and experience the greatest awakening to date. Seventy-seven million Millennials are in America and only 18% claim to be Christian. America has become the third largest mission field in the world. What are we going to do in our hour of decision? God sent “The spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning” to the nation of Israel in Isaiah 4:4 to correct their hard hearts and prepare them for the coming of the Messiah. In the New Testament this same spirit of judgment and of fire is what the apostle Paul was referring to. We see Peter make an extraordinary statement about what the church can expect before God deals with the world.

“For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?” 1 Peter 4:17 (KJV)

The Western church can expect more things like the Charleston church shooting and the eight African American churches burned in South Carolina three weeks after to happen somewhere again. Ferguson, MO and Baltimore, MD are just small examples of what the enemy wants to do to this nation. The assignment of one of the four horsemen from the book of Revelation chapter six is to bring civil unrest. Incidents like the shootings in San Bernardino, CA, Columbine, Co, or Umpqua Community College, OR are going to be more prevalent in the future. We must have a stronger foundation to stand firm in the atmosphere of persecution like this. I’ve met many foreign missionaries that actually pray for the church in America to experience persecution in order to be purified. When true fire comes to the church, it burns up all the plastic platforms that have been created by shallow teachings and false foundations. When true fire comes it causes revival fires to break out in uncommon ways.

And See the Salvation of the Lord

In the years ahead I believe America will see cites saved, stadiums filled for revivals, hospitals emptied out from healings and even the dead raised from the prayer of faith! This will come through a refined church that has raised up a prayer wall around its families, churches and cites. As a revivalist, I pray for awakenings like this. America’s church has its greatest hour ahead of it, and that is the hour of prayer! We must build an altar in our hearts and in our homes. It’s our hour in the prayer closet that will preserve us in our hour of testing.

Gathering the Harvest and Advancing His Kingdom,

Dr. Shawn Patrick Williams

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After being radically saved from 10 years of drug and occult involvement in a bar through a Damascus road experience, Shawn Patrick received a burning commission to evangelize the United States and the world. His style of preaching brings a revival culture to the Body of Christ. He attended Christian Life School of Theology and received his Masters in Psychology from the Institute of Theology and Christian Therapy in Granbury, Texas. Shawn Patrick has spent 10 years working with over 4,000 troubled teens in a secular clinical setting. He has worked with hundreds of teens struggling with the occult, suicide, cutting, gangs, drug addiction and many more issues.

Shawn Patrick has also authored several books, which have been covered by The 700 Club, TBN, Daystar, Cornerstone, plus other nationally broadcasted TV and radio networks. He has had many of his books in stores like Books-a-Million, Family Christian Bookstores and Parable Bookstores. Shawn Patrick has co-hosted and wrote televisions scripts for five seasons of Roc House Café, a Christian music video show which airs internationally. Recognized nationally and internationally as a man of God, Shawn Patrick passionately speaks each year through radio, TV, conferences, festivals, concerts, and churches. His personal experience of the power of the Holy Spirit, powerful deliverance from addiction and the occult, and background in Psychology has aided in giving him a platform to speak about these topics to the next generation of Believers. His passion is revival fire and seeing Christ redeem lives. He has a Doctor of Divinity from Day Spring University and was ordained as a bishop in 2009. He then launched Warrior Nation Intl. Fellowship, which is an apostolic network. He is founder of the apostolic training centers called i3 which is his base church in Greenwood, SC.


Shawn Patrick lives in Greenwood, South Carolina with his wife Christy and their three children: Sethe Patrick, Isabella Jordan, Ada Grace, and John Ellison.

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