New England's College Campuses: Ready for Revival?
It's the fall student activities fair at MIT, and the place is packed. Bright-eyed, bewildered freshmen snake through the aisles of the Johnson Athletic Center, past tables for the Hippocratic Society and the Vegetarian Group, the College Republicans and the Green Party, the Science Fiction Society and the Shakespeare Ensemble. Upperclassmen from about 250 student organizations are on the hunt for new blood, and they're using snazzy multimedia presentations and 3 Musketeers bars and Italian ice and all kinds of cheesy swag to get noticed. Mostly, the freshmen keep moving, leaving the recruiters munching on their own candy bars like overstocked homeowners at the end of a slow Halloween night.
To find the big, engaged crowds, you have to go to the corner of the gym, where there is a sea of black T-shirts that read "I once was lost, but now am . . . FOUND." The students wearing them are evangelical...
Revival is a very prickly subject as it depends upon who is telling the story.
The revivals under Moody, for instance, where not genuine, when examined in the light that we have today, reflective, that is. Thousands were impressed upon to bare the name Christian that were not Christian.
It is sad to have to say that at the present time we have, in our country, lost Ian Paisley to Rome. He followed D.L.Moody in altar calls, calling souls to take Christ as their saviour, rather than allowing God the Holy Ghost to call souls. As we well know we should not deceive people, especially concerning their salvation.
We are praying, in this country, that Mr Paisley may return to us. We would value the prayers of all the saints of God concerning this matter.
I think to lump this so called revival with that of the former Puritans is an unlearned person. Mayby we should listen to Rev. G. Whitefield, or Jonathan Edwards. or even Current Dr. Ivan Paisley to compare. I'm glad to see their trying....
I should have mentioned in my post that this doesn't sound like these places are truly ready for revival. Mr. Gomes homosexuality would be one little hint that these "religous" people aren't really hungering and thirsting after righteousness.
The whole article is rather lengthy, but as it starts out, it sounded like the methods may be different, but that the people may truly be regenerated. However, as the article goes along, I got the idea of the church (or the "christian" organization) trying to please the world to get more people. Did anyone else get that idea?