By Cedric Fisher
Cedric is the director of TruthKeepers.com and the author of Chains Couldn’t Hold Me and a number of Lighthouse Trails booklets.
I know a man who prays. He does not just pray for a few minutes, but long periods and often. One might think he prays too much—but is there such a thing? The fact is, wherever the man preaches, a powerful revival occurs. Conviction and desire to be nearer to God sweeps over people in the meeting place. People come to the altar benches to weep and repent. Other ones are sitting in the pew/chairs weeping.
Sadly, leaders do not want the man to minister in their meetings. One pastor remarked that he did not want anything like that to occur because he could not maintain it afterward. He would rather not have revival than allow the Holy Spirit to change in him whatever was necessary to keep the revival fire burning. Thus, although they could witness a mighty revival, the leaders rejected the man and other ones like him. They attempt to create false revivals by sensationalism that does not require change. In the process, they kill any chance of countering the increasing apostasy.
What present leaders and most of the attendees in church meetings want is the power and excitement of revival without the conviction that compels them to repent. They want the refreshing of their relationship with God without changing their filthy garments stained by the World System. They wish to maintain their compromise with the flesh and also have their period of spirituality on Sunday morning. Desiring a revival of emotion by stimulated adrenaline glands is an invitation for deception. Believing that a week of repentance and commitment is revival is a weak premise. Anything that arrives one week and is gone the following week is a farce. Click here to continue reading.
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