Most Christians will claim that they want revival. Whether they are Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal – you name it. Most of every saved Christian will recognize the fact that we do need revival and a lot of Pastors will even preach about it behind the pulpit on Sunday morning. We say that we need it, we say we want to claim it, but we are doing nothing about it. We are asleep, and we need a good shove out of our beds, but the moment someone preaches a little too hard, a little too tough, we want to shrivel up and hide. We want to go back to bed, tell that person to stop being so extreme. Tell them that Jesus commands us to love on one another, and that’s how we will get revival. But they are wrong. You see, you can look around the world and see the sin. It’s quite easy. You don’t have to have an amazing prayer life or a great knowledge of the Bible to see how sinful this world is. All you have to do is know a few verses, the commandments, and you can look around the world, talk to people, and see people lying, cheating, stealing, murdering, lusting, envying, disrespecting their parents and other elders, and so on. It’s easy to see the sin, and because of that, it’s easy to see that we need revival. Where there is sin, we need revival. And revival has to start and end with us. Revival is only possible if Christians seek it and get close with God and stop living in such sin. It is only possible to revive the lost souls outside of our church if we are revived, living for God, and not compromising and tolerating sin! If we are tolerating their sin, they will never repent. If they never repent, they will never have salvation, and then, we will see no revival outside.
But we enjoy our sin too much. We enjoy tolerating the worlds sin because if we tolerate it, they won’t hate us quite as much. We like our churches how they are – filled with ungodly music (hate me all you want, but dancing and rock music do NOT belong in the house of God) people dressing immodestly and a Pastor who tolerates sin. We enjoy these churches because they make us comfortable. They offer us no conviction, only love. They say that they want to make us feel at home, not uncomfortable. Well, they might as well put some recliners in the church and some TV’s, that way instead of pretending to be a church they can really be home. A church that wants to “accept people as they are, regardless of sin or lifestyle choice” is not a church for me. Yes, we should love and accept people, but if they are living in sin blatantly and with no sign of repentance or conviction, they are NOT bought by the blood of Christ and they do NOT belong in our churches, yet we are allowing them to run the show! God forbid we preach the GOSPEL and offend someone! I say we need a big shove out of the bed. We need to see how sinful and awful we are and see how desperately we need a perfect Savior!
“How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?”
― Leonard Ravenhill
If we don’t have the strength to turn off our TV’s, log off of social media, stop listening to ungodly music and STOP being so obsessed with entertainment and making ourselves happy all the time, how on earth are you going to have enough strength to want a revival and to actually work for it? Stop pretending. If you want revival, get off of your butt and CREATE revival. Revival often begins with one person. Remember Jonah, how he preached that second time to those sinful people in Ninevah and created repentance and revival. You say, well, God was with him, those were Biblical times, such revival isn’t possible with just one man anymore. Well, I say, if you are saved, God is WITH YOU. Stop blaming YOUR shortcomings on God, because trust me, He is still the same God He was in Biblical times, and HE is still willing and ready for revival! It is not Him holding us back, we are holding God back!
9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
If you want to hear some great, convicting quotes about revival and the church, do yourself a favor and google Leonard Ravenhill. He’s a preacher that I haven’t posted anything about until now for some reason, but he’s one of my favorites, right along with the preachers you have heard me talk about. He was even a close friend of A.W. Tozer, the man that we studied during my last post. I’ll drop a few quotes of his down below and make a few comments on them as I usually do. You see, my words are still a bit immature. I’m still young and growing in my faith and not yet at a point of this incredible wisdom, the wisdom that Ravenhill and Tozer and Spurgeon and so on had. These men have been my biggest inspirations, and the quotes that I share with you all are the quotes that have encouraged me so greatly. I hope they do the same for you.
“The Church right now has more fashion than passion, is more pathetic than prophetic, is more superficial than supernatural.”
“The Christless cults and deity-dishonoring mushroom religions of this midnight hour tempt the Lord God. Will no one sound the alarm?”
“Where,oh,where are the eternity-conscious believers? Where are the souls white-hot for God because they fear His holy name and presence and so live with eternity’s values in view?”
“Preacher brethren, this is the time to blush that we have no shame, the time to weep for our lack of tears, the time to bend low that we have lost the humble touch of servants, the time to groan that we have no burden, the time to be angry with ourselves that we have no anger over the devil’s monopoly in this ‘‘end time’’ hour, the time to chastise ourselves that the world can so easily get along with us and not attempt to chastise us.”
“The man who can get believers to praying would, under God, usher in the greatest revival that the world has ever known.”
What are the theme of those quotes? He’s talking about us. Christians. And let me tell you, if you are a true Bible-believing, uncompromising, strong Christian who is not afraid of the Gospel in it’s entirety, you are a rare breed. We have very few believers who truly pray, who are not ashamed of the Bible. We have very few believers who are truly distraught over this world and the lost souls in it. We have very few believers who are OUTRAGED over sin.
Last night, I was listening to another Clarence Sexton sermon which you can find here (I highly recommend that you all watch it.) and he tells us of three things that we owe our children. Now, don’t refuse to listen to the sermon just because you aren’t a parent and you think you can’t get anything out of it. I assure you, I haven’t had any children, and although I am a very involved sister to two little ones, I am not raising children. If you’d like, change the word “children” to the word “world” or “lost sinners” and you will see that we owe these lost souls continued prayer, a commitment to truth, and controlled outrage. Now, all of these things are extremely important and every Christian owes these things to the world because Christ calls us to be in constant prayer, to be committed to His truth, the Bible, and to have controlled outrage over sin.
58 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
We should be in constant prayer for this world, because revival will not come unless we pray for it. We should be committed to truth, so committed that we do not shy away from it. We should have controlled outrage and be angered by sin or else we will never see revival.
And church – if you belong to a church, do me a favor and look at it. Do they have these things? Are they committed to truth? Are they in constant prayer? Do they have controlled outrage? Public announcement – I do not attend Temple Baptist Church, which is the church that Clarence Sexton pastors. But he does make wonderful points to what to look for in a church. Ask yourself this..is your church truly seeking after revival, or are they simply saying that they want it and lying? Is your church full of Godly saints or sinners that are hiding in the midst of a couple Christians? Is your church simply going with the flow of the world?
If we want to see a great revival in our church, we must demand that the world and sinners leave our church ALONE. If they want to tweak our churches into nothing more than a meeting place for unrepentant sinners, then tell them to GET OUT. This may seem harsh, I may get a few comments telling me that I am judgemental, but the church is not a place for sinners. It is a place for saints. The Bible is clear. And I’m not judging sinners, not at all. I am not angry at them. I am furious at the Christians who have allowed them to come in and ruin our church. I am outraged at the Christians who have tolerated this because they are making those poor lost souls believe that they are saved when they are not!
“The evangelists today are very often prepared to be anything to anybody as long as they can get somebody to the altar for something. They glibly call out: ‘‘Who wants help? Who wants more power? Who wants a closer walk with God?’’ Such a sinning, repenting ‘‘easy believeism’’ dishonors the blood and prostitutes the altar. We must alter the altar, for the altar is a place to die on. Let those who will not pay this price leave it alone!” – Leonard Ravenhill.
“Sodom, which had no Bible, no preachers, no tracts, no prayer meetings, no churches, perished. How then will America and England be spared from the wrath of the Almighty, think you? We have millions of Bibles, scores of thousands of churches, endless preachers—and yet what sin!”
You say I am too harsh, too judgemental, but let’s face it – this lovey dovey movement, this Joel Olsteen movement in our churches has done NOTHING. It has brought us to sin, it has led us sin, it has ruined our churches, and I am tired of nothing being said.
People. Stop claiming to want revival if you don’t have the guts to rise up, preach the Gospel and CREATE revival with God by your side!