What Is Revival?Revival is nothing more nor less than His will being done on earth as it is in Heaven. Revival is when God reveals Himself in a Living Way to the hearts of men through His saints by His grace and power. He changes character, lifestyles, beliefs, behaviors, habits, and most importantly, their response to Him and His kingdom.
The Way to Revival
To know the way to Revival, we must know the way of revival. Revival is not Christianity as we know it but Christianity as it was meant to be and as it was demonstrated at the beginning. I do not think that the way to revival is hidden, obscure, or complicated. The problem with the way to revival is that it is contrary to the ways we have been representing Christianity and to depart from that is unthinkable, for most.
While we would all agree that in Revival people are walking in the ways and truths of God, we fail to turn that around and admit it is true that those people who are walking in His ways and truth are demonstrating Revival. And that is the answer: to walk after the Spirit - forsaking all else. For we all know that none or few walk that way. If they did, today's Christianity would look like it did at the first. The fault must be laid at the feet of those who proclaim His messages and lead His sheep, since God's word never returns void and accomplishes its purpose. So, the big question is: what is being preached that is producing such substandard results? Obviously, it can not be the same uncorrupted word as that which the apostles preached.
Although it is easy to point fingers (even if justly) at the current clergy and preachers, it is we who have allowed it, endorsed it, and supported it. Until we turn from ways and preachers and churches that are not speaking life, they will continue to exist. I think that there are many preachers who would love to preach life, but understand that is not what people want to hear. We need preachers and clergy who are bold to take the lead and insist on eliminating all things not based on God's present desires in all messages and meetings. We need to expose those who seem more interested in entertaining goats than in feeding sheep.
Hopefully, this website will unmask our present misrepresentation of Christianity and reveal its true heart. We have mixed tradition, culture, and history, and worldly wisdom with God's ways and we have ended up with the anemic example of Christianity we see today. When a person or a group embrace the truths of original Christianity and eschew the counterfeit, then revival will be seen. How can God endorse that which is not His and does not bring life?
But, it is not enough to unmask. Finding our way back to the true heart of God is our only hope. That is our quest, even moreso than unmasking. I am trusting that through what is presented on this website will be at least a beginning and experiencing and knowing the direction we are to go and what is to be left behind.
What Does Revival Look Like?
"In the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Great Awakenings in the USA God used men such as George Whitfield, Jonathan Edwards, Dwight L. Moody and Jeremiah Lanpier. Under the influence of God’s power, men, women and children were touched by the power of God. At times there was trembling, weeping, sobbing and loud crying for mercy in the presence of the Holiness of God.
Sometimes people would fall to the ground. Quarrels were settled, drunkards reclaimed, adulterers converted, thieves returned stolen property, and families reunited. Sometimes the conviction of sin was so great and caused such fearful wails of anguish that preachers had to stop preaching for a while. Ministers and church members were converted. Sinners were reclaimed by the thousands. Will you be the next instrument of God for Revival?
In a revival in Wales in England, in five weeks 20,000 joined the church. The services were simple with worshiping God, prayer and testimonies being the chief features. There was little preaching, no hymn books for every one sang known hymns, no collections and no advertising. Will you be the next instrument of God for Revival?"
quoted from sermonindex.net
The following video is the best that I know of that portrays what revival looks like, what it is based on, and its effects.
An excellent example of what brings it, what it looks like, and how it differs from present day Christianity.
A compilation of Ministers who have taken part in true revivals or speak out of the depths of God
Duncan Campbell , Leonard Ravenhill, AW Tozer, Paris Reidhead
Watch as Paul Washer speaks about something that few are speaking about, but is crucial to Christianity as it was meant to be.How Much Do You TRULY Know God?
by Paul Washer
Thoughts on revival, Christianity, and How to Recognize a True Ministerby Paul Washer
I know of only a few such ministers in all of modern christianity. We have ministers that proclaim the scriptures, but none that regularly and consistently have been shut in with God and come forth with the message and fire of God - at least the fruits of such messages are not evident. The life and reality and power of the gospel has been reduced to mere teaching of precepts.
The gospel has always been and will always be the power of God unto salvation. If our messages do not have such results, it may be that we are not proclaiming the same gospel with the same heart of belief. It is not only true for the Wisconsin/Illinois area, but throughout the Western world. The sad thing is that I know of no minister who has purposed even to be such a person, whose sole desire is to know Him and proclaim nothing but what comes from His mouth for their disciples.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is usually the most quoted scripture when revival and repentance are paired together. Almost always the way it is responded to is that Christians must vicariously confess the sins of the unsaved (abortion, immorality, divorce, pornography and other popular national sins). But this is not what the verse says. "My people", "themselves, "their wicked ways" are referring to God's people and their wicked ways.
By our traditions and teachings we have added to His words, corrupted their meanings, substituted our ways for His. We do not think nor act like strangers and pilgrims in this life. We do not live in the reality of being eternal beings. We endorse systems which quench, kill, or ignore body life. Yet, who is confessing those sins? Most are not even aware that those sins rule over Western Christianity. We are not aware that the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (the thing Jesus hates Re 2:15), is the standard of Christian church structure. How, possibly, can Jesus bless the doctrine he hates?
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And why is the world the way it is? Is it not because of their wicked hearts? And why do they not have regenerated hearts? Evidently, because christians have not been sufficient witnesses. Yet, we do not take the blame for the condition of this world (probably because we embrace, defend, and use worldly ways instead of forsaking them).
While it is true that sin will pollute until the millenium, the wicked and errant ways of the church and Christians are responsible for the much of the sin in this nation. When the enemy came in like a flood, the Lord found no standard amongst the church to raise against it. Rather God's people endorsed it and is now using too much of its ways to "win" the lost (O the blasphemy of it!) The church has perverted the power, the message, and the lifestyle meant for Christians. The world has no light because ours is so dim. The church needs to take responsiblity for the current wicked state of America, for it , alone had the power to present and live out transformational truth but did not. Judgement begins always at the house of God and it is coming.
We need to soberly consider what Peter said
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
Until Christians return to Christianity as established by Christ and the Apostles, why would God allow us the confirmations that follow preaching? God is looking for those who are honest representations of His kingdom. He is not looking for those who know how to win friends and influence people for churchianity. He tolerates no competition. He will not honor any false competition. Ear tickling and soul satisfying sermons and witnessing have no place in His kingdom. It is only the gospel and that alone which is the power of God unto salvation. The true gospel does not need any help, or any mediator like "ice breakers", or stories or any thing else to get the hearer into the mood. What concord does Belial have with Christ? Can things not of God assist the kingdom? Has God become dependent on all our modern evangelical enticements? Are not each and every one of these devices an affront to God and a rebuke to His word, His Christ, and His sovereignty?
We have much to repent of. We have many beams to remove from our eyes before we can help those with splinters.
9/11 was an indictment against the American Church. After that attack many American's rushed to churches to find a truth and reality needed to provide answers and assurances, they quickly left because they found nothing there that provided answers. People will never find out what God requires and provides as long as pastors are hell-bent on designing sermons based on what people want instead of on what God says they need.
We want God to do something to society, our family, friends,. and neighbors, never realizing that it is we who need the reformation first.
The church of today looks nothing like the church that the apostles built. The structure, relationships, commitments, devotion, truth, and worship all have suffered transformation and devaluation. Paul Washer does a good job of pinpointing where we have fallen short. Read and see (video) more here
John Piper Clearly exposes the false Christianity that is so prevelant. Most go Sunday after Sunday without a clue that they are at the wrong altar.
The Effect of True Salvation - Examine Yourself
by John Piper
This page has addressed the personal conversion and relationship of people to God up to this point for they are the essential part of what God does and the way He expresses Himself. People comprise the Church, and if people individually misrepresent God, His kingdom and His People, then collectively they will also misrepresent and redifine all that is godly.
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There are millions of nominal Christians who are not born again who believe God loves them and yet are on their way to hell. And the difference between them and a born again believer is this: What’s the bottom, the decisive foundation, of their happiness? As you penetrate down deeper and deeper to the core, or the bottom, of what makes you happy, what is it?
Jesus Is Not a New Butler
Millions of nominal Christians have never experienced a fundamental alteration of that foundation of happiness. Instead they have absorbed the notion that becoming Christian means turning to Jesus get what you always wanted before you were born again.
A New Bottom [source] for Our Joy in the New Birth
That’s not what the new birth is. It’s not having all the same desires that you had as an unregenerate person, and just getting them from a new source. The new birth changes the bottom, the root, the foundation of what makes us happy. Self at the bottom is replaced by Jesus. God, himself.
What makes the born-again person glad is not at bottom that they have God’s gifts, but that they have God. This is what I am more concerned about than genuine Christians who are truly on their way to heaven, and don’t feel loved by God. And my shorthand way of trying to awaken people to the dangers of feeling loved by God while being unregenerate is to ask:
Do you feel more loved by God because he makes much of you, or because, as great cost to his Son, he frees you to enjoy knowing him and treasuring him and making much of him?
----------------------------In other words, today's church is more humanistic and man centered, than God centered.
"If I were still trying to please men,
I would not be a bondservant of Christ."