I have spent a lot of time over the years, taking trips to other nations and continents where the Gospel is better received. Yes, I know we are to “be instant in and out of season,” but nonetheless it is truly exhilarating to observe people respond favorably to the Word of God. My heart goes out to missionaries who spend a lifetime toiling away in a pagan environment and fail to see even one convert. Our church is hosting a revival the week after next. Let me contrast what a real revival is compared to what we call a revival. A real revival is when the saints of God are convicted by the Word of God. When this happens, the saints fall in line with God’s will for their lives and obey Him. The lost become saved! THAT is God’s idea of a windswept and heart touching revival. The book of Acts is one big revival. The modern definition however is different – It is when the local church hosts a guest speaker for a period of time, and he expounds upon the Word of God to the congregation and friends. These use to be very effective, prior to our nation becoming Gospel hardened. Now, the church gravitates towards other less convicting pursuits such as music concerts, block parties, trunk or treat, Easter egg hunts and the like. I attempted to advertise our revival on a contemporary Christian radio station’s website, and it has been “pending” for two weeks. Funny, when I requested promotions for contemporary musicians we just hosted, they went right through. Why is this? Well, the radio station, I will hide their identity and just call them “W Christian Lite,” promotes the feel good aspects of the Gospel and not the whole counsel of God. I appreciate all kinds of Christian music, but note the absence of key doctrines from many of the contemporary musicians: 1)Some are ashamed of the mere name of Jesus. We sometimes wonder who they are singing about when the only reference to the Lord is an impersonal pronoun. 2)Lacking also is conviction over sin and the need for repentance, without which one cannot become saved. This is often totally absent. 3)The reality of hell is rarely mentioned. 4)The need to be born again (John 3:3) and receive a new heart is omitted. …..and others. The question remains: “Is a partial “grace only Gospel,” really the Gospel. My answer is: “No way Jose.” On the bright side, the one faithful Christian radio station in our area, WSEB, will promote the revival. I will not have to even listen to check and see if they share the news of our revival. How do I know this? Because I know who the station manager is, and the preachers they feature, and the great Christian aura about their station in general. Many of our churches have false doctrine, watered down doctrine, and no longer even focus on the Bible in their teaching and preaching. The churches that are still truly faithful (and we praise the Lord for them), are often sparsely attended, with a great majority of their membership being seniors. We have arrived at the generation who knows not the Lord. When prayer and Bible reading were excised from the schools in the early 1960’s, we set the stage for our nation to turn away from the Lord. We have sown the wind, and are reaping the whirlwind. God is not mocked and we will reap what we have sown.
Hosea 8:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.
Galatians 6:7 King James Version (KJV)
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
The Bible forecasts NOT a revival but a great falling away (apostasy) before the coming of the Lord.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 King James Version (KJV)
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Now, let not your heart be troubled. In spite of the sad conditions in our apostate nation today, this is all a forecast for a great soon coming future for the believer:
Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.