Wednesday, October 18, 2006

What is a True Revival?

The word "revival" is often misunderstood among Christians. To some, it is a week of special meetings in the church. I drove by a church a few days ago, and there was a banner in front that said: "Revival in Process". Did a true, heaven-sent revival break out and then the banner was made?

Or was the revival planned in advance and the banner was made for a few nights of special meetings? I would guess the second.

Here is a definition of revival: "A true revival means nothing less than a revolution, casting out the spirit of worldliness, making God's love triumph in the heart." - Andrew Murray

My next blog will take this a little deeper.

Praying for Revival!



Rick Franklin said...

Amen to this Bryan! Where I live you see signs like "Revival This Week" and I wanna say "Did anybody think about inviting God?" How did we get to such a sad state of understanding what true revival is? I suspect it started with Charles Finney's belief that all we need for revival is the right application of the right methods and God is obligated to supply revival! Which has lead us to a lot of methods without much Holy Spirit. As someone once said "If God took the Holy Spirit out of the American church would anyone notice?" Good question. I look forward to your next blog Bryan.


Bryan Galloway said...

Right on Rick. What would our American worship services look like if the Holy Spirit did show up in power?