A blogging friend asked me to promote OneCry, and I gave them 2 sentences in the Read & Share posting yesterday. I feel I can do better than that.
I grew up in a series of small, fundamentalist churches. We read the King James Bible and abstained from “mixed bathing.” The men wore pants, the women wore dresses, and no one wore shorts. And twice a year we ran revival. I could empathize with Michael Spencer when he described a very similar experience growing up, and got what he meant by evangelicalism and revivalism. The need for revival is great, but I get a little uneasy when people talk about having one.
The difference between Revival and Revivalism
There is a certain revival culture that exists among evangelicals, particularly among fundamentalists. I have come to believe that you cannot “schedule” revival twice a year just because you book an evangelist for a week and meet every night at 7 p.m. If an evangelist is preaching every night, and you hope to see lots of people walk the aisle and get saved, then that’s not really a revival anyway. Revival would involve Christians already in the church being spiritually awakened, or recommitting to being about our father’s business. There was certainly an evangelistic thrust in all of my childhood revival meeting experiences, but every church member was expected to be there every night also. Maybe that covers all the bases. If you want to schedule an evangelist to preach for a week at your church, by all means please do so. But call what it is.
Revival is brought by God. Real revival, breathed to life by the Holy Spirit, is not something that is needed every 6 months. That type of revival, perhaps better described as a spiritual awakening, would begin as a movement among a small group of believers and spread outward. Like the Gospel message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection spreading outward from Jerusalem in Acts 1:8, revival must begin as a spark of fire that is fanned by believers into a flame. Would you be willing to invest time in prayer for such a spiritual awakening as that?
Hear the Call
Believers United for Revival invite you join them in prayer for such a spiritual awakening as this. OneCry is about to a call to prayer and a call to action. Matthew 18:19 encourages believers to agree in prayer with one another. The movement has begun, OneCry invites you to join. I’m a little leery personally of using the word revival, but a spiritual awakening that begins with prayer and becomes a movement of people praying together for one another, for our friends and neighbors, for our nation? That’s something else entirely.
Take a look at this page. At the very least give it prayerful consideration. Can real revival happen in this country? When the disciples asked Jesus who could be saved, he said “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Also consider “All things are possible for one who believes” and “You have not because you ask not.” So the real question is… What do you believe?