Real Revival

J. Lee Grady wrote today:

After visiting Moriah Chapel and rereading the accounts of the Welsh revival, I find myself longing for an authentic move of God. I am so weary of the fake and the fabricated. In this day of media manipulation, it seems we can use smoke and mirrors to create “revivals” that have neither conviction of sin nor conversions.

Oh, we think we have the power. We boast about the size of the crowds. We brag about miracles. We are ready to declare a revival if Christians fall on the floor or give big offerings. But when the music stops, the TV cameras are turned off and the money is counted, what do we have? Nothing but a cheap imitation.

Where is the God of Elijah? Where is the God of Evan Roberts? Where is the true power of God that can sweep over a city and bring backslidden Christians to repentance and hardened sinners to experience the greatest miracle of all—the miracle of new birth? Read blog here

I applaud Grady for having the courage to say that recent so called “revivals” were media manipulation and smoke and mirrors.  Knowing that Charisma derives its income from some of the big names in the charismatic world, it must be hard for him to speak out against the excesses that we find there.

One thing all of us would love to see is more salvation decisions in connection with revivals.  However, Roman is clear that without the preaching of the gospel that won’t happen.

13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 10:13-17 (ESV)

One of the biggest things that was sadly lacking in the Lakeland meetings was gospel preaching.  There was loud music, shouting, shaking, bam’s and colored lights but no clear presentation of the gospel.

When we as Christians hunger for the word of God and demand that it be preached in our services, the unsaved will have a chance to hear the good news, the saved will grow and mature in their faith, and things will be done decently and in order.

God will confirm His word with signs following (Mark 16:20) but first that word must be preached. 

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