The following are a few excerpts from North’s The Pressing Need For Revival
God calls His people back to Him in two ways: revival or judgment. In the days of Josiah and Hezekiah, it was revival. In the days of Zedekiah, it was judgment. But He always calls His people back.
I am confident that it will be judgement in our era: and the solid majority of those called back will be in the Third World, not the First. Regardless of the level of punishment God inflicts on the West, repentance will not happen in Western Europe… and will be hard, slow, and painful in America.
Ergo, America will be diminished, especially over the next 50 years… and Europe’s people and culture will be replaced, as a new African people (Arab and Black) moved in to the depopulated zones.
I have hope for Americans, Black and White: I believe that a sufficient amount of pain over several decades will turn things around. There is no hope for Western Europe, though.
Below is the reason for my skepticism of revival as an instrument (at this time) in bringing people from the road to hell, to the road to heaven:
The problem with revival in our era–indeed, going back to the 1730’s–is that revival has been viewed by its practitioners and advocates as a narrow experience of the soul, rather than the foundation of a total reconstruction of the social order. Revival has been understood as personal rather than covenantal. It has been seen as a way of lifting men’s spirits rather than tearing down Satan’s earthly strongholds. It has seen the conflict between Satan and God as a war for the souls of men rather than the war for all creation. It has ignored the dominion covenant (Gen. 1:27-28). It has sought to subdue men’s souls to God without calling men to subdue the earth to the glory of God. It has called the gardeners out of their gardens rather than equipping them for better service in their gardens.
All revivals, at least in America and Europe, fail. The stick is far more effective in these nations than carrots are, so the stick – actually, lead pipes, so far as both the economy and population is concerned – is what we will get.
In the old days, God sent fire from heaven and invading armies to destroy His enemies. Now, debt and abortion, perversion and delusion, do most of the heavy lifting.
(Yeah, yeah, I know about the Muslim immigration crisis: a crisis that simply would not have occurred, if millions upon millions of White European children were born instead of killed by their parents.
We reap what we sow.)
The question we must ask ourselves is this: Is there any neutrality? If our answer is no, there can be no neutral territory between God and Satan, that men must serve God or mammon, then we logically must come to a crucial conclusion: redemption is comprehensive. When God calls men to repent–to turn around–He means for them to turn around from sin in every area of life.
This is surprisingly difficult.
It is not that sinners are sinners only in a few narrow areas of their lives. Men are not going to hell because they are off God’s path in one or two key areas. It is not that they drink too much booze, or listen to too much rock music, or attend too many R-rated movies (rated R because of sex, of course, not violence), or sleep late on Sunday morning and then watch pro football games, rather than get up earlier to go to church Sunday morning, and then watch pro football games in the afternoon, the way Christians do. They are going to hell because they are not covenanted with God, who calls them to restructure the whole of their lives.
And so finally, we get to the point of this post.
If it was just a matter of a token sacrifice, offering a Sinner’s Prayer, or doing some other ritual to satisfy God – and then, after buying Him off, going out to do what you please, then all could be ‘saved’… while still holding on to their sin and corruption.
But that is not what salvation means. God demands an end to evil in all of our lives, and all of our thoughts, right into the core of our heart and our bones. Token sacrifices, magic words, rituals and ceremony… this does not cut it with a Lord who wants to see Holiness, Justice, Mercy, and Righteousness pervade and shape and dominate our entire being.
Calvinists have always had the greatest trouble with the fifth point of Calvinism, sometimes called “limited atonement,” and sometimes called “particular redemption.” The critics are correct; both phrases are misleading. There is nothing limited about Christ’s atonement. He redeems everything that man touches. He preserves the life of sinners as well as saints. Paul writes: “. . . we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those who believe” (l Tim. 4:10b).
We should therefore speak of special atonement or special redemption, and contrast it with general atonement or general redemption. Christ died that all men might have physical life and blessings. This is common grace. But He also died specially for those whom He has chosen to be His people. This is special grace. But special grace must be understood in terms of total redemption. He bought back the whole world. He took the whole world out from under the comprehensive curse of God. Now He assigns to His people the dominion task of progressively buying back this world, in time and on earth, day by day, righteous act by righteous act, successful venture after successful venture, discovery after discovery, until the whole world is delivered up by Christ to His Father. “And when all things shall be subdued by him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (I Cor. 15:28).
Jesus Christ is in effect a senior military commander who operates under the chief civil magistrate. He has been assigned the task of dominion, as the Second Adam, to achieve what the first Adam could not achieve in sin. He has the task of subduing everything to God the Father. He must first subdue us, His people, and then place us in charge of our respective territories. From top to bottom, from Christ to new recruits (converts), there is a chain of command, a court of appeals, and a program of conquest. He has assembled an army. This army must complete its assignment before it is disbanded, and we all become civilians again.
That is going to be a long walk.
We had better get moving.
The revivalism of the 1950’s did not survive the international social and cultural changes of the late 1960’s. This is why the old fundamentalism is dying of self-inflicted wounds. Having preached social irrelevance as a way of life, it has at last achieved its goal.
Here, North speaks of the social and cultural irrelevance of the Western Christian Church in the 1970s.
If the Church was irrelevant then – and it was, obviously – then what word should be used for it today?
We need a revival. We do not need more revivalism. We need a comprehensive call to lost men to join an army that has been assigned the task of comprehensive dominion by means of Christ’s comprehensive redemption. We need a trained corps of field grade officers who understand the nature of the war. We need battle plans, a strategy of victory, tactics of confrontation, a team of recruiters, and specialists in every battle zone who know the terrain and have accurate maps. We need a comprehensive world-and-life view which is explicitly Christian. No more baptized humanism. No more neutrality. No more compulsory State-certified anything. And with respect to the humanist camp, no more Mr. Nice Guy.
This will actually happen… but with difficulty.
Quite a lot of things need to be done first, from the ditching of today’s kingdom-destroying pastorate, to the rise of meat-eating Christians, truly sick and tired of milk and mewing, and a infantile ‘faith’ refusing to obey God, refusing to grow up, refusing to take responsibility, refusing to work and sacrifice for victory, and so incapable of changing the world.