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Revival and Reform: Where is it? What is it?

Posted by Scott on December 6, 2008

At the time of this writing I have been watching, listening, and studying this very topic on Revivals and Reforms of the past and what is to come.  The great Reformation of Luthers day really changed the direction the Christian church was going and is still in effect today. 

In the past there have been what I believe to be false revivals instituted by such men as Charles Finney and others.  As you can tell, I am no advacate of Finneyism at all…personally believe it has done tremendous damage to the Church as a whole, but that is another topic all together.

Today, across our country and many other countries we are seeing young men being drawn back to the foundations of our Christian faith…Reform Theology (Calvinism as some call it)…true Reformed Theology, not that which has been misrepresented for decades as hyperCalvinsim.  These young men are being drawn to read and study on the likes of Spurgeon, Watson, Buroughs, Ravenhill, Tozer, Whitefield, Edwards, Calvin, Knox, Flavel, Boston, Martin Lloyd Jones, Stott, MacArthur, Piper, Sproul, Packer, Warfield, and many others that fall into this camp.  Stott, MacArthur, Packer, Sproul, and Piper are still alive and well, but the rest have been forgotten by many in the Evangelical movement of the 20th and 21st century.  These great mens lives and testimonies are resurfacing in full power to proclaim the real gospel of Jesus Christ not the watered down version people are flocking to today.

Why are young men returning to this theology, to this biblical doctrinal truth?  It is a deep seated desire to know God in His fullness, to know Christ without mans inhabitions, to serve God with all their being, and a response to God’s call back to holiness and righteousness…they have a deep seated desire of God…the Holy Trinity.  This has been missing in the Evangelical movement or revival movement for the past 60 years or more.   Contrary to belief our life is not all about getting saved and then getting others saved…not as our first response.  Others coming to the saving knowledge of Christ through our testimony is a by product of our own living testimony in Christ and the greater work of the Church as the Holy Spirit moves them…salvation is a total work of God and Him alone.  Our first priority is to know God personally, fulfill His commands, to serve God personally unabashedly, and bring our lives into line with Him.  Striving for a holy life like that of Christ unto righteousness.  We are to work out our salvation…not as salvation by works..that is not what I am saying here, but to show or prove our salvation in how we live, how obdeient we are to the commands of God, how we react to circumstances in our lives, how we respond to our neighbors needs and actions, in how we love others and treat others, how we serve our employer, how we treat our taxes to the government, to serve the Lord with gladness of heart regardless of our life circumstances, to be found in deep study with the Word of God daily, to be found in communication with our God at all times, to share the true authentic gospel of Christ as the Holy Spirit provides that opportunity to whom He provides that opportunity, and so on.  This will be misunderstood by many, but that is ok…to be taught correctly sometimes means to be misunderstood by some.

The Church in America or western civilization has not experienced a real reform or revival in probably 200 years it seems.  Sure there have been little emotionally stirred up events in the past 200 years, but I am talking about a revival of the saints where the Word of God is preached bringing the Believers to their knees in repentance of their sins as the power of the Holy Spirit falls upon them, an engathering of hundreds and thousands of lost people to their knees in total shame of their sinful depraved enemy status with God, calling out to God for His mighty forgiveness and turning to walk in a new direction with God.  These were revivals without invitation systems…these were revivals preached by godly men until the Spirit of God fell upon the people of these communities.  A point to which the Holy Spirit came in such power that the mere prescense of a man of God would cause people to fall to their knees in repentance.  This is revival…this is how reformations get started. “My heart says of You, Seek Your face! Your face, Lord, I will seek.” Psalm 27:8

We are not in need of a new Reformation….we are in need of a return to the old Reformation.  The Church has left the love the early reformers had for God and the delicate caring and exposition of His Word.  We have fallen in love with the thought of being involved in some great revival somewhere.  We have fallen in love with surveying the lost to see how they would do church, to surveying communities to get their opinions of church direction and such.  We have fallen in love with fads, with systems, with trends and all sorts of humanistic hog wash, and have failed to fall deeply in love with our sovereign God.  We have fallen in love with an idea of God that we have created and love, but not what Scripture teaches about the true God.   The Reformation of the past had nothing do with mans “free will” left to man alone…if salvation was left to man to decide none would be saved…we would all perish in hell for all eternity…we are depraved, sinful, evil hearted people.  God has told us we cannot trust our hearts.  The reformation of the past had everything to do with returning to trusting in God’s sovereign will over man’s depraved will.  Understanding that man has a will, but God’s will is always in control of it…not as robots, but as people under the influence of God.  God is our creator and He fully intends to keep in control His creation…the restraining hand of God has been on evil men since the beginning otherwise the world would be unbearable and someday it will be that way.

Today, God is raising up men from all over the world that will return to preaching God’s Word in its entirety.  They will move the church from a wimpy Christ that just wants us all to get along with each other, to “coexist” as all religions leading to one God, a fill good Santa Claus or Geni in a bottle…they are bringing back the preaching with power.  These young men are not bashful to claim how lost a person is, how sinful man is, how totally depraved a man is, how much in need of a savior we are.  These guys will sacrifice their lives in order to advance the kingdom of God.

I encourage anyone reading this to seek the face of God now about sin in your life.  Ask God to renew your heart, to purify your life, to move you in a direction of His choosing not yours.  Get rid of the chains of a false religion that has you captured thinking you have to pursuade people to be saved, that you have to be eliquent in your message, that you must go out and do what the lost do in order to get them saved…all we as Believers must do is live a holy and righteous (not self-righteous) life before God and man, teach and preach the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation not just a few minor sections of the New Testiment, and as the Holy Spirit prompts us to share with someone about our life in Christ do it without hesitation.  Get rid of the notion that we are to go door to door, use a man made system, share a two sentence tract with someone…we are to live and breath our God in all that we are and do.  Salvation is not a matter of a 3 minute conversation, a 30 second prayer, and boom you are in.  Salvation is total transformation of the heart and mind turning from sin, depravity, evilness, worldliness, selfishness…to a life committed to furthering the kingdom of God, to living a holy and sanctified life, to being controlled by the Holy Spirit of God, desiring God above all things, spending our lives in the service of Christ whenever and wherever He leads us.

God’s Stubborn People
48 “Listen to me, O family of Jacob,
you who are called by the name of Israel
and born into the family of Judah.
Listen, you who take oaths in the name of the Lord
and call on the God of Israel.
You don’t keep your promises,
     even though you call yourself the holy city
and talk about depending on the God of Israel,
whose name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
     Long ago I told you what was going to happen.
Then suddenly I took action,
and all my predictions came true.
     For I know how stubborn and obstinate you are.
Your necks are as unbending as iron.
Your heads are as hard as bronze.
     That is why I told you what would happen;
I told you beforehand what I was going to do.
Then you could never say, ‘My idols did it.
My wooden image and metal god commanded it to happen!’
     You have heard my predictions and seen them fulfilled,
but you refuse to admit it.
Now I will tell you new things,
secrets you have not yet heard.
     They are brand new, not things from the past.
So you cannot say, ‘We knew that all the time!’
     “Yes, I will tell you of things that are entirely new,
things you never heard of before.
For I know so well what traitors you are.
You have been rebels from birth.
     Yet for my own sake and for the honor of my name,
I will hold back my anger and not wipe you out.
10      I have refined you, but not as silver is refined.
Rather, I have refined you in the furnace of suffering.
11      I will rescue you for my sake—
yes, for my own sake!
I will not let my reputation be tarnished,
and I will not share my glory with idols!

Tyndale House Publishers: Holy Bible : New Living Translation. 2nd ed. Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, 2004, S. Is 48:1-11
God will not be mocked, His name tarnished by the Emergent or Seeker religions.  He is not interested in our philosophy, our eastern mysticism, our best life now, our prosperity on earth…He is intersted in a people that are obedient to His call, to His commands.  He is interested in our obedience regardless of the cost.  As authentic Believers we need to return to loving our neighbors, serving others, feeding others, taking care of others.  Also, we are to speak of God’s Word totally relying on the results from God.  Preach and teach and live out the Word of God, but get out of His way so we may see the mighty results God will bring forth.
Concluding:  Where is the revival or reformation of the 21st century?  It is starting in the mind and hearts of young men and some older men all over the world.  It cannot be prayed into being.  It cannot be stirred up by the words of men.  This revival or reformation will come at the time of God’s own choosing and place of His own choosing, but I can see some sparks starting to flare up in these guys.  We could certainly witness one final great revival in this century.  We simply need to have our minds, hearts, and ears to the Word of God, listening to His calling and returning to preaching and teaching expositionally what He has to say.  His word has always been relivent to every generation and does not need some new system in order for people to get it.  God will plant His Word in the hearts and minds of His chosen peolpe…we are called to deliver it.
I know what you might be thinking…where is the zeal for others to come to know Christ?  It is there, biblically not man made.  My number one priority is obedience to God, service to Christ, and allowing myself to be used in anyway possible by my heavenly Father.  This will result in some evangelism, some mentoring other younger Believers, witnessing to a neighbor, feeding the hungry, clothing the very poor, fixing a flat tire for single mom stranded on the road, watching an older person while their kids do some shopping, and so on.  The zeal for others to accept Christ is always there biblically….not the way the we have been taught from little kids up that all of life revolves around witnessing and evangalising in a concerted effort, all the time which is wrong.  Think about it.  Amen!
(c) Scott Bailey 2008

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The “Seeker-Sensitive Gospel” Leads Men Straight to Hell!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Paul washer addressing this disease sweeping through our churches today in this great video.

 

 

Mark Kielar-FBC Boyton Beach Florida makes a great case against the “Seeker Sensitive” church movement.

“Ah, we’re just reaching the culture… Don’t be so legalistic!” – It’s the cry from those who believe that being conformed to the world instead of being transformed by the renewing of our mind actually helps God.

Many of the proponents of “seeker” friendly mentality hold this issue to be a little matter of dispute between those who hold to sound doctrine and those who would rather tickle ears for a season than have men’s souls saved for eternity. The apostle Paul, himself, disagreed with these people, though. He said if anyone including angels from Heaven presents any other Gospel than the one you’ve initially received from the apostles of God and Jesus Christ, let him be anathema (the strongest curse one could give)! Mark Kielar explains why the message will never be able to cater to unbelief because the very message of the Gospel is “Repent AND Believe.”

 

 

 

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Regeneration and Self-Denial!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Well spoken words by Paul Washer.

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God is the Gospel!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great book I would recommend to anyone wanting to know what the real gospel is rather than what the church has watered down over the past 175 years.

Most people, when they ponder what it means to be loved by God, think of the things that God does for us. John Piper writes that what is most loving about God is not his making much of us, but his enabling us, at great cost to himself, to enjoy making much of him forever.

God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. – 2 Corinthians 4:6

This book is a cry from the heart of John Piper. He is pleading that God himself, as revealed in Christ’s death and resurrection, is the ultimate and greatest gift of the gospel.

None of Christ’s gospel deeds and none of our gospel blessings are good news except as means of seeing and savoring the glory of Christ. Forgiveness is good news because it opens the way to the enjoyment of God himself. Justification is good news because it wins access to the presence and pleasures of God himself. Eternal life is good news because it becomes the everlasting enjoyment of Christ.

All God’s gifts are loving only to the degree that they lead us to God himself. That is what God’s love is: his commitment to do everything necessary (most painfully the death of his only Son) to enthrall us with what is most deeply and durably satisfying—namely, himself.

Saturated with Scripture, centered on the cross, and seriously joyful, this book leads us to satisfaction for the deep hungers of the soul. It touches us at the root of life where practical transformation gets its daily power. It awakens our longing for Christ and opens our eyes to his beauty.

Piper writes for the soul-thirsty who have turned away empty and in desperation from the mirage of methodology. He invites us to slow down and drink from a deeper spring. “This is eternal life,” Jesus said, “that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” This is what makes the gospel—and this book—good news.

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Examine Yourself-Are You Really Saved?

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Another great video and message from Pastor Paul Washer.  We must examine ourselves.  Will God find us living for Him will all we have or will He find us only giving Him a token portion of our life on Sunday’s?  What was your salvation experience like?  Is repentance a part of your salvation?  Do you renew that repentance daily?  Listen closely to what Paul is saying.  Paul preaches hard, but he is speaking truth from God’s word.  The message of salvation is too serious to handle delicately and dancing around the har truths that must be spoken.  Paul handles the issue with tremendous love.

 

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The Narrow Gate!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

Great video by Pastor Paul Washer!

 

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Decisional-Regeneration is Psychological Manipulation!

Posted by Scott on May 29, 2008

This is a great video by Paul Washer on the manipulation done in today’s church invitation system at the end of services.  Watch and listen closely…great stuff!

“That’s what the cults do.” – Paul Washer

“Many people think that because they prayed a prayer, walked an aisle once in their life, and/or raised their hand when all the heads are bowed because their “autonomous” emotions convinced them to at a certain point in time that they are saved even though they live as worldly and carnal as everyone else in the world. My question is “When do we just start saying that if a person continues in unbelief, worldliness, and carnality regardless of what they did at a point in time then the are unbelieving, a worldling, and carnal? Do we really need votes that much as to forsake their soul?” We need preachers like Paul Washer; not politicians behind pulpits.”

 

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Caveman Living!

Posted by Scott on May 24, 2008

A 15 pound spear zooms by his head with such force it created wind as it landed deep inside the palace wall.  As the young man realized the spear was meant for him, he jumped up and ran out of the palace without saying anything.  Sweat drenching his body, dust swirling up behind him, his heart pumping so fast he could see it pounding through his clothes, the young man continues to run for the mountain area outside of town.  As he begins to slow down, still exhausted from the threat to his life and the vigorous run he just made a young David comes to a cave to hide out for a while until the threat on his life has subsided.

Upon entering the dark cold depths of the cave, David finds a place to fall to his knees.  Still weeping, confused as to why the King was trying to kill him and trying to catch his breath in between his thoughts David cries out,

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.  It is in You my soul take refuge.  It is here I will take my refuge in the shadow of Your wings until the disaster has passed.  I am here crying out to You, my God Most High, to my God who fulfills His purpose in me.  It is You, Lord, who reaches down from heaven and saves me, rebuking those who hotly pursue me.  You, my Lord, send Your love and faithfulness.  I am in the midst of lions here.  I am among ravenous beasts.  These men whose teeth are like spears and arrows, whose tongues are like sharp swords telling lies about me.

Be exalted, Elohim, above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.  When these liars spread a net for my feet, I was bent over in distress.  These beast dug a pit in my path for me, but they ended up in the pit themselves.

Jehovah, my heart is steadfast towards You.  I will sing and make beautiful music.  Awake my soul, Awake you harp and lyre!  I will awaken the dawn with my praise in music to my God.  I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations.  I will sing of you among the people.  Great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.

Be exalted, Elohim, my Adonai.  Above the heavens, let Your glory be over all the earth.”

At this point, I am sure a young and totally spent David, fell further to the ground to rest.  Men, we find ourselves on run sometimes.  Hopefully not literally as David did, but in our lives we will find ourselves in the middle of being on the run within ourselves.  People accusing us falsely.  Others after us.  Some claiming to be our brothers in Christ not being truthful to us.  Many in the church not coming to our aid at all, but actually causing life to be worse than better.  Bill collectors calling because we have found ourselves in a financial disaster with no vision of a way out.  Possibly you are a commission income person with little to no prospects for income in the future that you can see.  Guys, we can find ourselves in different corners of this life with spears hurling at our heads, but what will we do? 

If we are truthful about our situations, we will understand that God is leading us to a special cave he has designed just for us.  It is there we find refuge and security.  It is in this quiet cave that we are able to gather our thoughts again and the ability to set quietly and hear God speak.  It is in this cave that some decisions are made about our situation.  Will we retreat further into self-pity and allow ourselves to become depressed over it?  Will we become so angry about our enemies attacks or it could even be anger with God for allowing us to be in that situation?  In this case we might even try to get revenge upon our assailant.  This usually only leads further down into a dark hole and sin that crushes all of our hopes and dreams.  However, there is a third approach we can take to our time as a caveman.  Stop and think for a moment who it is who lead us into the cave?  God was the orchestrator of this entire event.  In this cave He has a purpose for us there.  Something we are to learn that we would not learn in posh, easy living, is allowing circumstances to evolve in our lives that pushes us directly towards a downfall and ultimately into a cave for refuge, where we find our God waiting.

This third approach is found in Psalm 57.  As we read the account, which is the crying out to God that David did earlier in this article, although David was in distress and rightly so, he simply would not let himself get angry or depressed…he praised and worshipped God.  David was thankful to God for His deliverance of him.  He thanked God for reaching down out of heaven to save him.  He praised Elohim, our Supreme Faithful Master, for His faithful, loyal love to him.  This kind of reaction to such a dire situation is the healing we men need.  It is the encouragement that springs forth new life to our weary souls.  It is in taking a situation that was so near death and glorifying our God with it that helps us to catch a glimpse of how huge our God really is and little we really are.  Yet, in our tininess, God still stoops down to save His chosen ones. 

Guys, throughout this life, we will find all shapes and sizes of spears hurled at us.  How are we going to react to it?  I have a small tin plaque on my wall in the closet at my home.  On it is a quote from John Wayne “Courage is when you are scared to death and you still saddle up anyway”.  In this cave, gentlemen, we may be scared sometimes.  We may find ourselves trembling a bit from fear.  However, we must force ourselves with the power of the Holy Spirit to turn towards our heavenly Father, cry out to Him for fresh new mercies each morning, and saddle back up to ride another day.  This cave is not our home, guys.  This cave is our university…it is our special place of learning from God Himself through His word.  The cave experience is a place that helps us to bounce back in order to face the enemy that would like to destroy us on a daily basis.  Our families deserve for us to become a caveman for a while.  It is to their benefit we go through these times.  Is it easy?  I should say with a resounding “NO” it is not easy.  I would not pray to go through it again, however, I would not take a million dollars for the education received while in that cave.

As David was in the middle of one of his most life changing, distressing times of his life, he  chose to honor, praise and glorify God.  I want to point out 10 ways David reacted to his disastrous situation.

1. He asked for mercy from God.

2. He took refuge in the shadow of God.

3. He cried out for God to fulfill His purpose in him even in the midst of his trial.

4. He recognized that his salvation comes from God.

5. He praised God for His steadfast and faithful love to him.

6. He puts the attackers and accusers on God’s shoulders.

7. David breaks out in praise and worship to God rather than self-pity or revenge.

8. He sets his mind on the things of God rather than his distressing situation.

9. David stresses the faithfulness and loyal love of God upon him even in this dire event in his life.

10. David trusted in his God-Elohim rather than in his own strengths and ability.

Men, we need to remember something about this entire event…it is not forever.  David did not dwell in this cave forever.  He’s become one of the greatest kings ever.  He was a man after God’s own heart.  He was a fierce warrior in times of war.  He was a great leader for Israel.  However, his caveman experience was necessary so that he would lean hard upon God rather than himself.  We need to learn to do the same.  In our times of horrible distress, we must lean hard upon God, take refuge in the shadow of His wings.  Be eager to grow spiritually in the faith through the word of God.  Be still and know that He is God.  Rather than fighting our situations, whatever they may be, we need to embrace it and seek the light of the glory of God’s face. 

As we are able to see the light at the end of the cave we are in, we will find our lives forever changed.  Hopefully, the change will be a good one.  We are men fighting in the trenches everyday.  We have to fight it seems to provide for our families sometimes at a great sacrifice, but take courage in our Lord, saddle up and face our lives with the assurance that God is with us.  Ride out with praise and honor to our Almighty God and know that no matter the outcome of the situation, God is still great…God is still Almighty…God is still Sovereign…God is still reigning upon His throne.  Nothing we do and nothing we say changes our Adonai.

-Scott Bailey 2008

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True Believers Cannot Lose Their Salvation…!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

Kevin Williams presents a great message on the security of the “true” believers.  He expounds on the fact that not all calling themselves believers are not really “true” believers.

Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled him.  From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.”

-John 6:64-66

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Kevin Williams-True Believers…

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Christian-God Only Has Love and Peace for you!

Posted by Scott on May 22, 2008

A great audio of Kevin Williams preaching God’s love for His elect!

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

-Jeremiah 29:11

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Christians, God Only Has Love & Peace Towards You! Kevin Williams

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