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The motto these authors have tagged to the Jericho Project is: “To reach the lost and sharpen the sheep.” It’s for both believers and nonbelievers. We wish to reach the lost with the message of the Gospel of Christ in the way they may not have ever heard it before and in an unintimidating, relaxed atmosphere that doesn’t feel like “church.” Yet, by sharing what we know with fellow believers—as well as being challenged and sharpened by what they know—“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another” (Proverbs 27:17). There is no “one minister” whose full-time responsibility it is to be the sole teaching leader of the flock. Much to the contrary, in this model, everyone is equally ministered to. An added benefit of this sharing of perspectives is that it forces believers to accept that we don’t know everything; another viewpoint can be a soul-saver (maybe even literally).

Another benefit: In a one-on-one setting, our attention is wholly given to only one guest or family rather than divided among a crowd. This gives our guests the opportunity to: 1) share freely without the (sometimes intimidating or inhibiting) pressure of others’ presence, 2) ask questions that might traditionally never be answered in church, 3) tackle their own personal issues instead of hoping that the sermon Sunday morning will cover what they need to hear, 4) take as much time as they need to discuss the topic, 5) make them feel like they have a place of honor at our table, 6) allow them to focus on the Lord without the drama that occasionally comes with going to church, and 7) let them know we care enough to plan a gathering around them specifically.

In doing all of this, we “reclaim our territory and land,” just like the ancient warriors did for Jericho. We consecrate our own homes for the Lord’s purposes, while showing others how to do the same. This brings families closer together, teaches us how to address through our issues via a Bible-centered strategy, and brings Jesus back into the family, not just the church building (that He’s likely standing outside of anyway, knocking, and hoping to be let back into [Revelation 3:20]).

Of course, nothing about an initiative like this is designed to “replace” or “take over” the Church as an institution; rather, it is a supplement. Nobody on this end is telling anyone else to quit the Church. With that in mind, we want to challenge readers to pray about doing something similar, something that may or may not look like what we’ve described here. By sharing with readers what we have been up to, we don’t intend to inspire a fresh ministry idea and then hold folks to a structure we’ve outlined. One of our ministry associates, whom we recently met with about the Jericho Project, said, “Structure kills a movement.” Another colleague, over a Jericho Project dinner, said, “I hate it when I see Christians get tired of something they see in the Church, decide to start something of their own outside the Church like these home-churches you see, and then gradually bring what they learned from the structured Western services into it so they’re back where they started.” But whatever it looks like, if the Lord has prompted you to do something outside the institution of the Church, be obedient! If He hasn’t, pray about whether He has something like this in mind for you! Minister to someone in a way the Church has failed to do. Minister to someone in a way that the institutionalized Church was never created for! This is the real Body of Christ!

We also have a responsibility to reflect Christ in all that we do. If you do decide to take the Jericho Challenge and minister from your home (or something similar), every move you make must be in an effort to please the Lord. Planning to host a Saturday luncheon for a couple from church, then throwing in a pole-dance worship session after a couple shots of vodka, would not be pleasing to the Lord. As the Body of Christ, we are accountable to representing Jesus in all that we do, whether we’re in a church building or not. No endeavor to “do church outside the building” frees us to behave in a way that contradicts the Word of God. If we wish to bless someone else, but we don’t know Scripture well enough to teach it with authority or recognize when an activity would contradict the guidelines given us in Bible, then Scripture reading should be “the” activity of the event…no gossiping, no shaking feathers from the rafters, no spiritually giving birth, no dancing Salome’s dance of the seven veils, no nonsense. Simply inviting friends over to read the Holy Bible with like-minded believers can be as refreshing as anything else. And, always remember, saying “I don’t know” when asked a question about the Bible, when it’s the truth, is never wrong. “Let’s look it up and read it together” is a beautiful and humble suggestion that many people outside the Body of Christ only wish they heard more often, since the Church has a reputation of being filled with a bunch of judgmental know-it-alls.

We have one last suggestion for you if you’re considering this type of ministry. In fact, absent this, no ministry approach can ever be successful: We must return to preaching that Jesus is both Savior and Lord. Many churches, in response to modern culture, express Jesus’ love and ability to save—and this is good—but they stop short of teaching that those who accept Him as Savior must also give Him lordship over their lives. When we forget this, we advertise “another Jesus,” as we’re warned against doing in 2 Corinthians 11:4. Jesus becomes reduced to little more than a “get out of jail free” comrade handing out free candy on street corners, but who is never given transformative power in an individual’s life. Often, those who neglect to submit to Jesus as Lord backslide, and Christianity becomes another checkmark on a list of things they’ve tried, but that didn’t work. Why? Because there are two ways of inviting Jesus into our lives: 1) We ask Him to “save us,” and allow Him to fill the space we have created in our lives as long as He doesn’t bump the furniture; or 2) We surrender our entire lives to Him, and understand that by asking Him to “save us” from our sins, we’re asking for Him to deliver us from that which causes us to sin. When we do this, we’re not merely giving Him permission to come into our space; we invite Him to rearrange whatever it takes to truly transform us into the new creation, as we’re promised in 2 Corinthians 5:17. For decades, God has been increasingly reduced to two things in the Western Church: 1) a name-it-and-claim it Santa dispersing whatever humans ask for as long as they ask for it in “His name”; and 2) the get-out-of-jail-free Savior who requires no lordship in trade for salvation. Each designation strips Him of His dignity and authority. It’s time to restore Him to the throne He deserves to be on in our Churches and our personal lives.[i]

It starts when we restore Him to Savior and Lord of all…

Imagine an active, vibrant and organic Church working each day on the streets to collect as many souls as we can while fostering lasting conversions! This is what we are encouraging you to be a part of through the Jericho Movement. What will happen when the government tells the Church it can’t meet because of yet another pandemic lockdown? We’ll just keep doing what we do on the streets! When the powers that be label the Church institution as hateful and try to shut it down? Mkay, again, let’s hit the streets! And on that day when the top-side church goes apostate and the real church is forced underground? We will already be practiced and ready.

Just think: If every person touched by this ministry idea were to repeat it even once, passing along the challenge to another in a “pay-it-forward” gesture, it could start a very powerful, New-Testament style movement that has the potential of ministering to countless spiritually starving folks.

We could, if God blessed this endeavor, see the very beginnings of how the End-Times Remnant will remain active…and alive, no matter what.

The world around us has already been conditioned to embrace Antichrist and the end-times agenda of the enemy. This can be easily seen when we look at what’s already being implemented. We’ve shown, through our discussion of the manipulation methods being used on a large scale in our nation, that many practices and activities that would have been quickly rejected by previous generations—such as socialism, euthanasia, even pedophilia—are quickly being offered to society as appealing movements. In this way, the world is already primed for the unthinkable. There is only one voice that can offer hope and direction in times like these, and it is the Word of Jesus Christ. The Church has been called to be a beacon to the lost, yet, these authors have shown that much of the Church will lead the world into the end-times destruction foretold in Revelation. It is time to stop waiting for someone else to fix the religious institution. It is time for us to take the Word and start making a difference in the culture around us—and in our religious institutions—if indeed these can be saved.

The real Church, however, is that which dwells within the Body of Believers.

Those who have taken Jesus as both Savior and Lord.

If that’s you, then we dare you. We double-dog dare you—

No, we triple-dog-dare you to join the Jericho Movement.

While Jesus walked the earth with His disciples, He promised them, “upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The “gates of hell,” itself, folks. As far as the losers on the dark side go, that’s a collective mass of all the greatest powers of hell rolled into one pathetic hand-slap attempt against Christ—a corporate body of demons and devils He can obliterate with less effort than it takes to fire an invisible, “pew-pew” fingertip gun.

From the very blessed moment Jesus began building “His Church,” until today, and farther into eternity, His Church will stand and accomplish His will and purpose. There is no disputing that. Not long after His resurrection, but before He ascended to the Father, He gave His disciples the Great Commission, through which He would fulfill His promise to build His Church. Those who believed in Jesus were to be baptized: a spiritual symbol of the death of the old life, transformation into the new life through the cleansing power of the blood, and official adoption into the family of God. Then, they were to make true disciples by teaching these new believers everything that Christ had commanded and taught them. So the very simple and direct purpose of the Body is to proclaim and teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, baptize the new believers, and continue to impart to them the ways of Christ. And there is no prevailing against this. If “the gates of hell” can’t, then neither can any political or social movement, governmental leader, secularization trend, syncretistic agenda, or anything else.

Remember what the Word has promised you!

Some sermons today make us laugh. Preachers, in their (completely innocent and endearing) sarcasm, poke fun at the “twelve guys Jesus picked” or some equivalent. However, Christ clearly knew what He was doing.

After Matthias was chosen to replace Judas as the twelfth disciple following Judas’ suicide upon learning that Jesus was to be crucified (see Acts 1:12–26), Jesus’ closest followers—giants of the faith—faced the very real prospects of bitter persecution, imprisonment, and even execution. They felt constant distress, not knowing if the next moment would be lived in peace or despair. An immensely strong rejection of Jesus as the Messiah of God by the established religious hierarchy had paved the way for historically unparalleled tyranny. Many in the temple and synagogue leadership, as well as government authorities, used their lofty positions to try to squelch or snuff out the growing group of “Christ-followers” (or “Followers of the Way”) during the first century, but every attempt would fail. The lively, passionate, unstoppable disciples of Christ, whose numbers quickly involved countless more than “twelve,” gave everything, including their lives, for the sake of their Savior’s Great Commission. And the worse things became for the trailblazers of the Messianic Church, the louder their voice became. They died in bloody, brutal ways: some were stoned; others were sawn in two or thrown from buildings. Having lost everything, these heroes of the faith looked forward to the promised eternity in the presence of God. The Church, the True Church of Jesus Christ, was built upon the promise of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit using the people who would stop at nothing to see the corrupt world irreversibly flipped on its head.

Worst-case scenario, Christianity goes underground for a while as it strengthens itself in preparation for an explosive resurfacing according to God’s timing…but the Remnant never dies. Southern Gospel singer and songwriter, Bill Gaither, knew this truth as well as anyone, as he wrote in his “The Church Triumphant” interlude:

God has always had a people. Many a foolish conqueror has made the mistake of thinking that because he had forced the church of Jesus Christ out of sight, he had stilled its voice and snuffed out its light, but God has always had a people. The powerful current of a rushing river is not diminished because it’s forced to flow underground. The purest water is the stream that bursts crystal clear into the sunlight after it has forced its way through solid rock. There have been charlatans who, like Simon the magician, sought to barter on the open market that power which cannot be bought or sold, but God has always had a people: men who could not be bought and women who were beyond purchase. Yes, God has always had a people! There have been times of affluence and prosperity when the Church’s message has been nearly diluted into oblivion by those who sought to make it socially attractive, neatly organized, and financially profitable, but God has always had a people! Yes, it’s been gold-plated, draped in purple, and encrusted with jewels. It has been misrepresented, ridiculed, lauded and scorned, but God has always had a people. And these followers of Jesus Christ have been, according to the whim of the times, elevated as sacred leaders and martyred as heretics. Yet, through it all, there marches on that powerful army of the meek—God’s chosen people—who cannot be bought, flattered, murdered or stilled. On through the ages they march, the Church: God’s Church Triumphant is alive and well![ii]

Ha! Are you as excited as we are to be a part of this people? Man, we never die! We never quit! We are the “Church that Blows Through the Stop Sign”! And when we’re forced into silence or “post-Christian” minority groups, we get on our knees and wait for that day when we’ll burst through the solid rock like that crystal-clear stream and shine brighter than anything the world has on the surface!

Don’t fear the coming Church split. Embrace its cleansing.

Don’t mourn the Harlot. Keep your focus on reaching and loving the people Jesus commanded us to.

Jesus’ model works, because, during the Intertestamental Period and through to the early New Testament age—when oral tradition, legalism, judgment, rules, and “holier than thou” elitists represented everything that “religion” had to offer—Jesus made it clear (John 13:35) that the true mark of authentic disciples of Christ is their love for one another. And so it was that multitudes became believers, and their constant expressions of love set them apart from the rest of the world. This “Christian Church” was built on the teachings and doctrines of the same Jesus Christ, who already proved—with His life, works, miracles, signs, wonders, resurrection, ascension, and every demonstration of power carried out in His Name since—that He is Lord.

The True Church of Jesus Christ knows no bounds and stops for no force. The Church as an institution came about as a result of the Church as a Body, not the other way around. You cannot kill the Remnant, because it’s made of Spirit-filled radicals like the Twelve all over the world, sold out for Jesus and ready to do whatever it takes to thrive in His calling, and it will always exist, even unto the end.

If you would like more information on the topics covered in this article series, see the book Dark Covenant by Donna Howell and Allie Anderson, available below:



[i] Jaffe, M., Great Commission Strategies, 2nd Ed. (Springfield, MO: Global University; 2017), 20–26.

[ii] Bill Gaither, “The Church Triumphant,” from the album “Reunited” by Gaither Music Group, track 11, “interlude,” released September 8, 2009. Quoted with permission from Adam DeBolt, Music License Clearance Royalty Administrator for the Gaither Music Company, Alexandria, IN, via an archived email delivered to Donna Howell on September 23, 2019 at 9:07 AM;

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