Planning for a Sustained Revival

First:

Power-elites organize their revolutions from the top, with various puppets faking a mass movement.

God’s people have to do the real thing, reconstructing the culture from the bottom to the top according to the lines Christ has ordained. This is something a lot harder to get rolling, and once it’s on the move, a lot more difficult to keep within the limits God has set, ‘going neither to the right nor to the left.’

Second:

Power-elite revolutions are primarily political revolutions: getting more and more power from the hands of the Wrong Sort, and into the hands of the True Leaders of the People.

Christians have a much harder row to plow: a true change of heart. The regeneration of hearts and the redemption of the world, not revolution and redistribution, is the goal. This takes a lot more time, and demands a lot more sustained effort – and mere human power is not enough. The Holy Spirit is absolutely essential, indispensable, to truly change the heart of man.

Sustained Revival:

Gary North has put in a lot more thought into this than I have, so I will present his thinking below.

What you are about to read is simple stuff, bread-and-butter stuff. It is bread-of-life stuff.

There is nothing individually revolutionary about the pieces. However, the package is revolutionary. Nothing like this has ever been attempted, as far as I know.

Someone else should have proposed this. I am a layman, a businessman, and very busy in my so-called retirement years. I have been thinking about this for a long time. No one else has come forward with anything like this. So, I have.

Here, I offer solutions to two problems that have been bothering me for over 40 years:

(1) The magnitude of the Church’s task of building the institutional and social infrastructure required before there is a worldwide Christian revival;

(2) Sustaining that revival, so that it is not lost within a single generation, as all previous mass revivals have been.

[….]
When I speak of revival, I mean comprehensive revival: the total transformation of a community, a nation, and the world. The gospel of Jesus Christ regenerates people, but they are to serve as salt and light. They work to implement their faith in the world around them. Jesus Christ did not come to save souls only. He announced: “By their fruits ye shall know them.” This applies to societies, as Moses said (Deut. 4:5-8).

So, a revival is not a comprehensive revival unless it extends deep and wide: deep into a person’s mind, deep into a culture, and wide across the earth.

This site is therefore about foreign missions. But foreign missions, to be successful, must be part of local missions.

Think globally, act locally. Jesus did. His initial disciples did. So should His present disciples.

I have written a position paper surveying the problem and offering a potential solution. The solution begins and ends with prayer — mainly by laymen. Download it here.

There is great initial resistance to adopting a program of sustained revival. Pastors may say they believe in it, but they may not. There is resistance from pastors. There is also resistance from members. This resistance must be overcome. This takes sustained prayer.

There is a library of online books on past revivals. You can read them all, but none of these revivals was sustained, and most left no trace after a generation. They are books on what did not work. As you read them, keep this in mind.

North then provides a list of links, providing both the intellectual framework for a sustained revival, and the nuts and bolts of actually doing it.

Reading it is easy. Doing it takes time and commitment.

Communists have demonstrated the commitment and work ethic needed to win, no matter the odds or the opposition. Why not Christians?

 

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