Thursday, November 16, 2006

There is No Formula For Making Revival Happen

When does the timing of revival come? The answer is, "in God's own time", and never at any other time. That of course was the tragic blunder of Charles Finney, in his lectures on revival. He teaches that you can have a revival whenever you want, if you only do certain things and fulfill certain conditions. But that is a complete denial of the sovereignty of God. Not only that, but it is proven by history to be wrong.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that in his lifetime, he had known ministers who had taken Finney's lectures on revival and had honestly put them into practice in their preaching and in their churches and have persuaded their people to do them, and yet haven't had a revival. Thank God they haven't! You'll never organize a revival. It's God who gives revival, and He does it in His own time. He does it when you least expect it; when you think it's coming, it generally doesn't come. He keeps it in His own hands. ...

Revival is God's. He chooses the place as well as the time, and you never know where it's going to be, you can't find any rules for it. People have been trying to do this; they read the history of revivals in the past. Now they say "I notice that before that revival a number of people had been praying right through the night", so they decide to pray right through the night. But the revival doesn't come. Well of course not; if it had, they could say that "it was our night of prayer that did it", and so the glory would be taken from God.

(this is from oldtruth.com)

3 Comments:

Blogger Gomarus said...

Your post reminds me of Iain Murray's Revival and Revivalism. Revival is God's work, Revivalism is the concoction of men.

Thinking back to Jonathan Edward's great awakening: revival came when people in the pews got saved hearing things like "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God"

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the same way that church people believe if they do certain acts they will bring a revival, today's pastors believe if they hire the right kind of youth pastors or ministers, the ones that can "relate", or if they themselves preach in a cetain relevant way, etc., then they will bring some kind of great results. But this is false because when their churches grow they too will say "it is because we did this or that" to bring it about. They want to share in God's glory.

-KCO

9:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the same way that church people believe if they do certain acts they will bring a revival, today's pastors believe if they hire the right kind of youth pastors or ministers, the ones that can "relate", or if they themselves preach in a cetain relevant way, etc., then they will bring some kind of great results. But this is false because when their churches grow they too will say "it is because we did this or that" to bring it about. They want to share in God's glory but God will not allow for it. They will fail.

Os Guiness wrote in his book Prophetic Untimeliness that churches today want to see results and get the pat on the back. They want to hear from man the words "Well done thou good and faithful servant" now, today. They don't want to wait for it from God.

-KCO

9:54 AM  

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