The Church in our generation needs reformation, revival, and constructive revolution.
At times men think of the two words reformation and revival, as standing in contrast one to the other, but this is a mistake. Both words are related to the word restore.
Reformation refers to a restoration to pure doctrine; revival refers to a restoration in the Christian’s life. Reformation speaks of a return to the teachings of Scripture; revival speaks of a life brought into it’s proper relationship to the Holy Spirit.
The moments of church history have come when these two restorations have simultaneously come into action so that the church has returned to pure doctrine and the lives of the Christians in the church have known the power of the Holy Spirit. There cannot be true revival unless there has been reformation; and reformation is not complete without revival.
Such combination of reformation and revival would be revolutionary in our day-revolutionary in our individual lives as Christians, revolutionary not only in reference to the liberal church but constructive revolutionary in the evangelical, orthodox church as well.
May we be those who know the reality of both reformation and revival so that this poor dark world my have an exhibition of a portion of the church returned to both pure doctrine and Spirit-filled life.
Quote from Death in the City; by Francis A. Schaeffer
Romans 1:21-22 states, ” Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasoning.”
Because man has turned away from the true doctrine (Doctrine of Grace) man hearts have become darkened and they are foolish. They have become foolish in their reasoning’s and foolish in their lives. This happens time and time again with man being presented with the truth and yet will deliberately turn away from it. They don’t want to put into action the truth as it will hinder there own personal agenda. It is sad really. The pure doctrine that is laid out clearly for us; is for us, not against us. It is there to help us walk the narrow path and to help us to live a live of peace. When man walked and continues to walk contrary to the pure doctrine he finds himself living a stress filled life with no end in site.
Most people know nothing of a true Christian culture, or have the knowledge of biblical Christianity. Our whole culture has moved into a post-christian culture. We are and have been heading in a downward spiral.
Again in Romans 1:21-22 it says,” Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither gave thanks; but became vain in their reasoning, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools”.
This states that men knew God, knew and knows the right and true doctrine, yet continues to walk the other way.
Man is on a quest. They are in starvation mode. Their hunger cannot be quenched. They hunger for the truth, yet they seek it in humanistic ways. They will never become satisfied! They can’t. There food is self glorification, self fulfillment. It is based on, “What can God do for me, not in How can I bring glory to God or what is the true purpose of man here on the earth”? The world (apostate church) seeks a comforter, but all they are getting is a counterfeit. The true Comforter can only be found by His elect. By those choosing (commanded) to walk according to Right Doctrine. By those whom eyes have been opened to the true biblical knowledge of Grace and separation.
I believe God has turned away from those that have walked away from right and pure doctrines. He has given them over to the lust of their flesh and minds. They worship another God.
True Spirituality is acting out, walking out, being obedient to scripture no matter what the cost. This is a battle for your mind! It is not enough to say, ” I am a christian” and continue on the way of error. One must seek the truth of Scripture and walk it out in obedience. Don’t turn your back on it because it is not comfortable or because the rest of so called Christendom is not following it. A good indication of wrong doctrine is when man and his motives for pleasing god come back to bring him material wealth and fulfills the desires of his flesh. Many, Many follow this way. This path is wide and leads to destruction. The path is narrow according to scripture and FEW there be that find it.
Are you one of those FEW? Find out?
The Doctrine of Separation
The Doctrine of Irresistible Grace
The Doctrine of Responsibility
Blessings and in prayer for those of His to find the truth, Debylin