REVIVAL

The Church needs a spiritual earthquake to arouse her and send her out on her God-given task.

There is a good deal of talk about “revival” these days, but few persons realize that it is a personal matter, a movement within the Church rather than some manifestation of the work of God outside the bounds of organized Christianity.

To revive means to bring new life to something which is dormant, to bring about activity where all has been quiet, to return to consciousness of life, to restore vigor and strength, to raise from languor or depression, to recover from a state of neglect or disuse, to awaken out of slumber.

A spiritual revival must begin in the Church and one of the aftermaths and corollaries of such a renewing is a new sense of mission, of telling the good news to those who have not heard it.

In many ways the Church today resembles the church in Laodicea—prosperous, rich, and self-satisfied. But in God’s eyes that church was wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. It was a church neutral in matters where there should have been conviction, a church which probably majored on minors and relegated the essential things to a place of secondary consideration.

Frighteningly, she was a church which our Lord was about to cast out of his presence because of her lukewarm attitude to those things about which there should have been burning zeal.

Today too many in the Church are concerned about her organization but indifferent to the content of her message. But in the Scriptures we find that the concern of the New Testament Church was centered on the message of Jesus Christ crucified and risen, while her organization was of secondary rather than primary import.

It is the willingness of some ecumenical leaders to play down Christian ...

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