Revival is not a tightening up of our moral belts or pulling ourselves up by our spiritual boot straps. It is a movement of the Spirit. It's Ezra finding the book of the Law and renting his clothes in repentence. The church cannot call for a revival, only call the country to repentance. If God is willing to grant it, revival WILL happen.
Gil Rugh said or, wrote: Most verses used to promote revival are taken from the Old Testament directed to Israel in a certain historical context and they are pulled out of that context and applied to the church because the name revival appears somewhere in the verse. Many of the verses that they use have to do with a personal revival of an individual having his life right with the Lord, have nothing to do with revival meetings. I have to say that from where we stand as a church, and our doctrinal position, our understanding of the scripture in a literal, historical, grammatical method of interpretation the scriptural evidence offered involves a misuse of scripture. There is consistently a blurring of the distinction between Israel and the church. So revivals are primarily promoted by those who are not dispensational in their theology who do not recognize the distinction between the nation Israel and the church.
Jim Lincoln With a broken heart As respectfully as I might : What garbage!
I say that because this in my words "sophisticated intellectual fault finding/GUILT BY ASSOCIATION PIECE" is a discouragement / a stumbling block to an effective fervant seeking of God in prayer and FINDING Him, to be everything He reveals Himself to be in Scripture, of seeing His Power and His Glory!
You use the NASB check out Psalm 63 (there are other passages like Isaiah 64:4) for yourself and lay it beside the article you linked
Consider this: Imho the false signs and wonders in the Apostasy in the last times ....... is that because Satan must counterfeit the genuine works of the Holy Spirit among the remnant that dares to be Holy unto Christ and actually BELIEVING in their Faith?
We desperately need REVIVAL because we are in large a disobedient apathetic people of depraved indifference, who entertain ourselves with endless discussion, excusing ourselves from laboring in the Lord's harvest to fulfill the Great Commission.
I believe that repentance should come first before revival can take place. It must start first within each of us before it can happen collectively. God must always be first in our lives and actively living there. But sadly we think we can live two lives and that is our mistake. Yes our God is a loving god but he is also holy and that is what we should be focused on and we should turn our hearts and minds towards him and him alone.
Of course that is why the Bible mentions 'modesty', because fallen men will indeed have a problem with lust IF women are dressed so immodestly!
I won't call it an 'average' church but what do you think when you see Christian women with tight fitting tops and much cleavage on display and skirts so short that they ride up to the high thighs when seated displaying more than any dare mention. Women in the latest leggings just because it is 'the fashion' and that would be the Pastor's wife.
I wonder why the Victorians wore dresses to the ankles and how unfashionable when we look through 21st century eyes! It would be hard to lust after a woman in such a skirt, but let us be honest if the skirt is up the thighs and the pants are skin tight, then surely the woman has a moral problem never mind the man with his heart and eyes of lust?
Many women simply 'love the world' and follow worldly fashions, hence they wear leggings that look like women's tights. Would they have gone out in just their tights 5 years ago?
But it is the fashion!
Methinks that is the problem with some 'Christian' women, the fashion magazine and worldly TV and media is their guide, not their Bible, or chaste and godly church members who are probably elderly ladies in their own church!
Critique Use caution when defining words. "Wherein" does not have a sarcastic definition in and of itself. It simply means "in what way". The people in Malachi's day weren't sarcastic. They were blind, just like today.
Law of sowing and reaping considered The evangelical church would be in a total different state today, had Christians two generations ago taken a stand to ban the pollutions of the screen in the home, and restrain the brainwashing power of the media from influencing their households. The advancement of Neo-Evangelicalism would have been halted and perhaps the so dreaded Neo Calvinism of today would never had come to existence other wise.
As for the argument of âcounter culture criticismâ, letâs be sure, as pointed out in the discourse, that the means of converting the soul is not by reasoning, but by the preaching of the Word of God.
Thank you for bringing such acute perception into this important spiritual hazzard.
Great Sermon! It is refreshing to find such clear stand for purity; so basic, and yet so omitted in the church today. One becomes what one feeds on. We are transformed from glory into glory by beholding into a mirror the glory of the Lord, or, we are destroyed from day to day by watching the filth of screens. 2 Cor. 3:18. Consequently, out of the abundance of the heart, not only the mouth speaks, but courses of action, thinking patterns, value systems, life-styles, taste, priorities, compromise, poor leadership skills, dysfunctional discernment, barrenness in prayer, and worldliness in conduct, dress-code, and music come demonstrated. Sober thinking and make-believe entertainment do not work hand in hand towards the development of Christian character.
Heart separation endears holiness, which by the unhindered presence of the Holy Spirit in the heart, derives into power,so conspicuously missing in church leaders today. Screen watching secretly compromises holiness, and let us be mindful that holiness, as a fragrance, can easily be perceived in a life or a ministry, it does not need to be explained.
Summary, Part 3 (final) 4. THEY ARE BLESSED ONES [48:22]. a. THE NATURE OF THEIR BLESSINGS. 1) With mercy. His mercy, compassion, and sympathy for His people. It is always available to us. 2) With peace. Christ is our peace. 3) With love. We love God because He first loved us. b. THE EXTENT OF THEIR BLESSINGS [53:30]. âMay mercy, peace, and love be multiplied to youâ (Jude 2). Not added, but multiplied. CONCLUDING APPLICATIONS [54:53]. 1. Christian, since you are called, beloved, and kept by God, how grateful, hopeful, and holy you should be in all your thoughts, speech, and behavior. We ought to be grateful no matter what we face. Nothing will separate us from Him, and eternal glory is the end. 2. Christian, God multiplies His blessings of mercy, peace, and love to you so that you may be adequately equipped to stand resolutely and courageously against the apostasy that undermines the church of Jesus Christ. These blessings are spiritual necessities: mercy for temptation, peace for conviction, and love for tribulation. 3. Dear non-Christian, there is hope for you from the God who calls, loves, keeps, and blesses His people. It is found in the gospel of His Son.
Summary, Part 2 4. LESSONS WE CAN TAKE FROM THIS: a. we are likewise bondservants, b. our servant status to Him is greater than all our other relations on earth, c. we are to assemble with orthodox brethren. B. THE READERS: TO WHOM DID JUDE WRITE? [28:20]. Generally, the church at large. But specifically, his Old Testament references suggest that he had Jewish Christians in view. 1. THEIR VOCATION: THEY ARE âTHE CALLEDâ [30:45]. Though irresistible for the elect, the call is resisted by the unelect. 2. THEIR AFFECTION: THEY ARE âBELOVED IN GOD THE FATHERâ [39:06]. Jer 31:3 â the cause of Godâs election before time and the effect of His calling in time. It has no end. He loves His believers as much as He loves His Song (Jn 17:22). 1 Jn 3:1 â this love led to our adoption into His family. Perhaps most surprisingly, consider what we are that God loves us this much. 3. THEIR PRESERVATION: THEY ARE âKEPT FOR JESUS CHRISTâ [44:30]. He keeps us for the sake of His Son (Jn 10:28-29, 17:11-12).
Summary, Part 1 As early as Paulâs age, the threat of false doctrine was real. I. THE WRITER AND HIS READERS [starting at 7:31 of the audio]. A. THE WRITER HIMSELF: WHO IS JUDE? 1. HIS NAME: âJUDEâ. Jude is the English variant for the Hebrew âJudasâ. Aside from Iscariot, there are five other men named Judas in the New Testament. The author of this book is most likely the brother of James (Mk 15:40). But who is James? There are five men named James in the New Testament. The one in view is most likely the one mentioned in Mk 13:55: Jesusâ half-brother. 2. HIS OFFICE: HE IS âA BONDSERVANT OF CHRISTâ [16:07]. A bondservant is one who does the will of his master. Jude did so in three ways: as one sustained by grace in all his needs, as a redeemed sinner, and as a servant to the church, including his contribution to the canon. Also note his humility: he never gloried in his biological relation to the Lord, but instead in his spiritual standing because of Him. 3. HIS RELATION: HE IS THE âBROTHER OF JAMESâ [21:04]. He holds to the same doctrine as his brother, and to not get himself confused with other Judases, especially Iscariot.
jamie wrote: Cedar Rpids is 39 miles north of egghead city Jim
Well, no prof. would commute that distance. Or at least fro most of them.
It has occurred to me that these cities with low Bible reading scores, are in areas of high Catholic concentration. Catholics and Mormons probably too aren't to delve deeply into Scriptures anyway, q.v.,
Mike Gendron wrote: Two friends recently returned from a Catholic Apologetics Conference where they learned how to defend and explain the Catholic faith. Upon their return they were invited to an evangelical Bible Study but declined, saying that only the Magisterium of the Catholic Church can interpret the Bible accurately. Wow! What a way to maintain control over Catholics! Tell them no one else has the authority to interpret Scripture except their own Bishops.