I am concerned for the church in America.
Evangelism, as we see it in America in many of our churches, puts its emphasis on new methods, new programs, new ideas and being contemporary to reach the world for Christ. Of course, in its effort to become contemporary, the church has a tendency to slip into conformity with the world. This brings the spirit and methods of the world into the churches, making it a difficult place to become the birth-place for revival.
The Apostle John gave absolutely no hope for revival to start in lukewarm churches who, for the sake of growing in mere numbers, have lowered the bar of God’s moral commands, for he said that the lukewarm will be spat out of Jesus’ mouth Rev. 3:15–16.
The history of modern English-speaking revivals began with the preaching of Jonathan Edwards in New England on justification by faith, and it peaked with his famous sermon, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” in 1741. Within two years of the beginning of this revival, from 1740 to 1742, about fifty thousand people were converted out of a population of about two hundred and fifty thousand, meaning that twenty percent of the population began to know God.
The second great revival began in Kentucky in about 1800 where there were about ten thousand converts.
The third great movement of God—the Great Awakening—came in 1857 when three men of God began to pray for revival in a Dutch Reformed Church in New York.
The next great revival began in Wales in 1904 with Evan Roberts praying. Seventeen men began to pray with him and committed themselves to these four principles:
- 1) you must confess every known sin to God;
- 2) you must remove every doubtful habit from your life;
- 3) you must obey the Holy Spirit’s prompting; and
- 4) you must go public with your witness of Christ.
In this revival, thirty-seven thousand people were saved in one month and one hundred thousand in five months. Colleges closed down, and students marched, singing and praising God on their way to prayer meeting. For a time, crime came to an end—there were no more murders, robberies, rapes and burglaries. This revival also spread to America.
Here are some details from the most recent revival of last century—on the Hebrides Islands off the coast of Scotland in the 1940s and 1950s—as recorded in the book Bright and Shining Revival by Kathie Walters (Good News Fellow-ship Ministries, Macon, Georgia).
Before the revival, churches in the area were virtually empty. Many churches were about to close their doors. But there were some who were not ready to give up. Among them was a small group of men who agreed to meet regularly in a barn for prayer (1948). They made a covenant with God as they met three nights every week until four or five in the morning. One night, after the little band of prayer warriors had made their way to the farmhouse to claim the promises of God, John, the local blacksmith was called upon to pray. As he prayed, the power of God was unleashed, rattling dishes on the dresser, and then waves of divine power moved through the room.
“Simultaneously, the Spirit of God swept through the village. People could not sleep and houses were lit all night. People walked the streets in great conviction; others knelt by their bedsides crying for pardon. As the men left the prayer meeting the preacher walked into a house for a glass of milk and found the lady of the house with seven others down upon their knees, crying out for God.
“Within 48 hours the drinking house, usually crowded with drinking men of the village, was closed. 14 young men who had been drinking there were gloriously converted. Those same men afterwards could be found three times a week with others down upon their knees before God, praying for their old associates and for the spread of revival. It was in this village that, within 48 hours, many young people had surren-dered their lives to Christ, and could also be found in the prayer meetings!”(pp. 12–13)
Historically speaking, it is the heat, the white heat and passion for God in the lives of a very few that have ignited the flames of fire that have revived churches, villages, cities and nations.
It is a known fact that every great move of God in revival has come out of fervent, united, prevailing prayer. It is noted that the depth of these moves of God is determined by the depth of repentance that accompanied them. How long these revivals last can be measured by the degree of obedience in the hearts of the believers who have experienced it.
To close on a post far longer than I meant for it to be, I will quote again from Bright and Shining Revival about the Welsh Revival of 1904:
“This is revival! When men in the streets are afraid to open their mouths and utter godless words lest the judgment of God should fall; when sinners, overawed by the presence of God, tremble in the street and cry for mercy; when, without special meetings and sensational advertising the Holy Ghost sweeps across cities and towns in supernatural power and holds men in the grip of terrifying conviction; when every shop becomes a pulpit; every heart an altar; every home a sanctuary and people walk softly before God—this is revival.” (Quote from Rev. Owen Murphy, p. 1)
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