Our 90th Glorious Year Of Evangelistic Outreach Ministry! "As My Father Hath Sent Me Even So I Send You!" "Go Into The Highways And Hedges And Compel Them To Come In!"
Have you ever witnessed a local church holding a week of revival meetings, seeming to have large attendance; and then the following week it becomes apparent that nothing has changed? To answer the question, "What is revival?" maybe I should first suggest what is not revival.
It is not people joining a church, nor a denominational movement, nor the words that may flourish in national magazines claiming that millions of Americans have been born again that constitutes a revival. These things may accompany revival, but in and by themselves they are not revival. So, what is revival?
All the great revivals in history were born in periods of intense spiritual and moral darkness. The center of that darkness is humanistic philosophy based upon man's intellect, reasoning, ideals and objectives. "Who HAVE changed the truth of God into a lie and worshiped and served the creature more than the Creator," Rom. 1:25.
As the result of this humanism, God sends His judgments: leaving men over to themselves, working that which is unseemly, with vile affections burning in their lust one toward another, a reprobate mind, [or a mind void of sound judgment], unrighteousness, fornication, murder and children disobedient to parents Rom. 1:21-32.
In true revival there is a moving of the church toward separation from secular humanism not only in philosophy, but in dress, life style and practice; returning back to teaching the true character of God.
In true revival there is a moving of the true believers, followers and the bondservants of Jesus toward separation from secular humanism not only in philosophy, but in dress, life style and practice; returning back to teaching the true character of God.
In a true revival the church goes back to teaching that man is by nature sinful, that he is born a lost sinner, that God hates and punishes sin, that those who do not repent are eternally lost and go to a literal burning hell. It teaches that men can be saved by grace through faith, by the quickening operation of the Holy Spirit, bringing them to the Lord Jesus Christ for pardon through His blood, by being made righteous by the imputed righteousness of Christ as a work of grace and mercy.
True revival is true repentance, which is real penitence. It is sorrow or deep contrition for sin, as an offense and dishonor to God, a violation of his Holy law, and the basest ingratitude towards a Being of infinite benevolence, which is accompanied and followed by amendment of life. Such revival is so beautifully described in Joel 2:12-17, where the Lord said, ". . . Turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garment . . . ." "And let them say . . . ." Here is the prayer, "Spare thy people, O Lord, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?"
Why should the world look at you and I and ask the foolish question, "Where is their God?" When God's people are humble and contrite of heart, are walking in the fear of the Lord, when Christ is formed in them, when they love God and keep his commandments. The world can see God in them and will not ask, "Where is their God?" It is such a force of righteousness in that culture that marks a period of true revival. When we do not see our heritage, or our children, given over to the reproach of the heathen; but we will train up our children in the way they should go, and when they are old they will not depart from it. Prov. 22:6. Amen.
A Bondservant Of Jesus!
JESUS WAS THE WORLD'S FIRST REVIVALISTS!
"I came not to bring peace but to bring a SWORD!"
What Is That Sword ???
It Is The Sword Of Truth and the Sword Of Revival!
If you call yourself a Christian preacher or a minister of HIS Gospel and the follower of Jesus
and have not the fire of Revival Burning in your bones to preach HIS Gospel and the
TRUTH in God's Holy Bible just as it is written with apologies to no man then
you may not be HIS!... for if you were HIS!....YOU! .......would be
preaching the Blood Of Christ!...which brings about!...
AMERICA'S LAST GREAT REVIVALISTS
IS STILL SPEAKING.... TO US!
"Lord save us from the off-handed, flabby-cheeked, brittle-boned,
week-kneed, thin-skinned, pliable, plastic, spineless,
effeminate, ossified three-karat Christianity."
"SOMEBODY NEEDS TO GET ON THE FIRING LINE!"
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