Have Christians Lost the Fire for Revival?

Is the fire still burning in you for revival? (Charisma archives)
Is the fire still burning in you for revival? (Charisma archives)

A lot of individuals within the modern-day revival movement are quick to share the incredible things that they’ve experienced at the altar. Most enjoy talking about the wonderful miracles and unusual phenomena that have taken place in the afterglow of the services. Their passionate accounts of impacting sermons and supernatural encounters could fill many pages of a book.

I’m truly thankful for all that has been observed and experienced over the last two decades. The way that revival brings an overwhelming sense of the Lord and His mission is something that must be treasured. Spirit-filled believers should always celebrate the wondrous reality of His glory!

Nevertheless, there’s a part of me that wonders if there’s something missing in all this. I readily understand the great excitement and fervor of my fellow revivalists. I honestly feel the same sense of wonder and joy. I love reflecting on the testimonies and enjoying the overwhelming awareness of what the Lord can accomplish. Everyone needs to experience the glory of God.

Yet, I still have questions that I have been asking myself—and ones that I would like to direct to my fellow revivalists. One of which is this: “How could we be in and around such great things and not be truly changed?”

People get mad at me when I ask questions like this, but this is a question that has really gripped me over the last decade or so. I understand there have been positive shifts and that many revivalists still attend church—at least most of the time. I am not questioning anyone’s faith or commitment to Jesus Christ.

What I am wondering about is the inexplicable loss of fire. How could people who experienced so much, not be that different from other Pentecostal and charismatic Christians? I’m not expecting perfection, but I am wondering why there isn’t a better reflection of the “divine image” in our lives.

Sometimes there’s still a lot of big talk, but much of what I see is backsliding, backbiting and a lot of vain excuses. Sadly, it’s not just those who were a part of that “other revival” who are exhibiting this. It is also us. Sometimes I see this ugliness in me. I am a “revivalist” who hasn’t always lived up to my calling and destiny.

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SOURCE: Charisma News
J.D. King

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  1. SALVATION LOST? YES! BY STEVE FINNELL

    Can a Christian ever lose their salvation? The position of those who believe in the doctrine of Eternal Security; is that the conduct of a Christian cannot cause them to be lost. They believe the mere fact they were once saved guarantees them eternity in heaven.

    THE CONDUCT OF CHRISTIANS CAN CAUSE THEM TO BE LOST.

    Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven will enter. 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.”

    The first line of defense for the Calvinist is to say they were not saved to begin with; because Jesus said “I never knew you.” The problem with that position is they were casting out demons. Jesus made it quite clear that Satan does not cast out demons (Mark 3:22-27….23?….”How can Satan cast out Satan?…….). If they were not casting out demons through the power of the Holy Spirit, then how were they casting them out. They were in fact Christians and they were lost.

    Jesus was not saying they were never saved to begin with. These Christians had a personal conduct problem. They were practicing lawlessness. Their lifestyle was sinful. Conduct does matter.

    1 John 3:4 Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

    CONDUCT DOES MATTER!

    Galatians 5:19-21 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, out bursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.(Also see: Ephesians 5:3-5 and 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)

    The apostle Paul was warning Christians that if their lifestyle was a practice of lawlessness [sin] they would not inherit the kingdom of God. In Galatians 5:19-21, Ephesians 5:3-5, and 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Paul was talking to Christians.

    CONDUCT OF CHRISTIANS DOES MATTER!

    John 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.

    Was Jesus giving an example of eternal security? No. CONDUCT DOES MATTER.

    Galatians 5:4 You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.

    Paul was taking to Jewish Christians. He makes it clear that if they were seeking justification through law keeping that they had fallen from grace. You cannot fall from grace if you were never under grace. They were not once saved always saved.

    CONDUCT DOES MATTER.

    SALVATION CAN BE LOST!

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