Doors To False Revival/Reformation


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False Revival – Past, Present, Future

Reading the following article prompted some sober contemplation on the title and content.

What If The Next Great Revival Is Already Happening?

a https://www.patheos.com/blogs/keithgiles/2021/05/what-if-the-next-great-revival-is-already-happening/

This article is written by an ‘emergent church’, ‘progressive christian’, ‘deconstructionist.’ The sobering, egregious possibility struck me, that this pseudo christian spirituality, may very well be the ‘reformation’ that many have mis-spoken about, and it’s prevalence in separating and assimilating many former historic/orthodox believers, into it’s demonic clutches, is horrendous. Ken Gilles says it this way:

Every few decades the Christian church exp.’s a revival that restores the original vision of Jesus and redirects the faith back onto a more Christlike path.

Ken then lists numerous supposed revivals over the past 2 centuries, ending with;

and the 1990’s “Emerging Church Movement”, which today many consider a much-needed revival away from “church as usual,” to a more introspective seasons, where…

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2 thoughts on “Doors To False Revival/Reformation

  1. We often speak about revival, and pray for revival, and there have been many revivals in the past, but what do we really understand about revival, or, more important, what does God mean by revival?
    To revive means literally to bring back to life, but spiritually speaking it means more than to resuscitate. To resuscitate someone who has died physically brings them back to live as they had before. Not everyone has a life-changing out-of-body experience that gives them a vision of something new, of the reality of heaven, of God, of Jesus, or of hell that causes them to life differently from now they did before.
    I was a bit surprised to find that the word “revival” as such is not in the King James Bible, and only in one place in the NKJV in Ezra 9:8. “And now for a little while grace has been shown from the Lord our God, to leave us a remnant to escape, and to give us a peg in His holy place, that our God may enlighten our eyes and give us a measure of revival in our bondage.” This was when Ezra prayed in need over the “transgression of those who had been carried away captive” and “The people of Israel and the priests and the Levites have not separated themselves from the peoples of the lands, with respect to the abominations of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.” Verses 1-4. And this fits very well when we consider the revivals in Christianity that have taken place over the centuries; people have been enlightened to see their need, their lack of godliness, and there were things they needed to separate themselves from – sin, worldly ways, false teachings and unscriptural practices.
    In the case of the Hebrides revival in the 1950’s, I understand that it was initiated by the burden that the parents had over the young people who had fallen away from what faith they had after the war, and when God answered those prayers, the need vanished and the revival ended. We have to say that every revival has had its day, and then what remained was another denomination that was founded on the light God had given, and it needed another revival to wake people up that there was still more of the abundant life that Jesus came to give us to be obtained. John 10:10.
    There are several verses where we find the word “revive” and it means to come to a “new life”. Ezra continued in verse 9: “For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.” For us in the time of the new covenant, we see how the house of God, the church of Jesus Christ, flourished in the days of the apostles, despite opposition from the religious world, and those who repented of their sins and were baptised into the death of Christ, and received the gift of the Holy Spirit were added to the church, and continued steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. “And the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:38-47. But after the apostles died, things went into decline, as Paul prophesied in Acts 20:29-30, and the house of God disintegrated into pieces here and there, and those who wanted to live according to the apostles’ teaching were persecuted and martyred by an adulterated harlot church, supported by the state, riding on the back of the beast. Revelation ch. 17.
    But now, quietly and without any “big bang”, God is re-creating His holy temple, bringing together people from every tribe and nation whose desire is to be saved from sin, to become members of Christ’s victorious body, separate from the world, and following Jesus on the new and living way through the flesh – the way of holiness, of sanctification, which enables us to become one, united as Jesus and His Father are one. This is the gospel and the message of the cross, that through death, the daily dying of the Lord Jesus, the life of Jesus can be manifested more and more in our mortal flesh. 2 Cor. 4:7-11.
    This is a life of continuous revival, what took place in our Lord over those 33 years until He could cry “It is finished!” As He walked in God’s light, He destroyed all the works of Satan in His own body: all those lusts for the things of this world which had entered into human nature through the Fall and had taken His earthly ancestors captive He denied and suffered to death through the power of the Holy Spirit, and now He has given us this Spirit so that we can follow Him. This is the resurrection life to which He calls us. Self-life crucified by faith in Jesus, dead to sin and alive to God! So now, “having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness [or in sanctification], and the end, everlasting life.” Rom. 6:22. May this life become manifested in us more and more, so people can witness the truth of the gospel. Amen.

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