Revival, Renewal, Worship & Other Questions

Hollow Masks

“What we need is revival.”

Many would agree with that statement, but it’d be wise to probe a bit deeper to discern what exactly is meant because there are a host of masquerades referred to as revival.

Our concept of revival has been variously defined as an event, economic prosperity, political power or a mile-high emotional experience that sends goosebumps down our spines, but needs to be repeated on a regular basis because evidently it lacks sustained potency.

From time to time, there are reports of gatherings where people collapse, apparently as a result of the power of God falling upon them. We hear stories about protracted meetings where signs and wonders are a regular occurrence, where so many people are slain in the spirit that they are stacked up like cordwood along the altar.

Is that what revival and renewal are all about?

Tent meetings were the rage in the 19th century.  In some circles they remained popular well into the late 20th century.
Tent meetings were the rage in the 19th century. In some circles they remained popular well into the late 20th century.

What best describes revival?

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A Way Of Life

All of the above could be definite manifestations of God at work in our midst, but taken by themselves they most certainly are not revival or renewal. If the magic and mystery of the moment is the focus, then we are not talking about Biblical revival—not by any stretch of the imagination.

At best, these kinds of experiences are simply exercises in emotional bloodletting and at worse; they are idolatry dressed up in the brightly colored rags of spiritual entertainment.

Does anyone honestly believe that the Creator of the universe is some cosmic voyeur, peeking in on us as we sort through our emotional dirty laundry?

According to the prophet Amos, genuine revival is tied to letting “justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” It does not come as a result of the “noise of your songs” or the “music of your harps”.

Revival becomes reality when we put all our knowledge, education and enormous resources to work dismantling injustice in all its ugly forms. Isaiah made this clear when he said, “if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday”.

There is no question that true worship and revival is inextricably attached to justice happening as a direct result of the conduct of our lives. Revival is a way of life, not an event that needs to be repeated again and again and again, like some weak vaccination that didn’t get into the bloodstream the first time.

Jeremiah tells us that God’s compassions and mercies are continually available to us. In fact, “they are new every morning”, so God has already provided all that we need. The onus is on us. We must open ourselves up to receive the revival and renewal flowing from our Heavenly Father, and then live in the light of justice.

Why is it that style of worship often becomes a battleground between traditional & contemporary?
Why is it that style of worship often becomes a battleground between traditional & contemporary?

Style Versus Substance

We have taken a left turn away from practical principles and inexcusably muddied the waters by choosing to exchange substance for style. When justice is removed from the equation, we take the spotlight off of God and place it elsewhere.

For example, renewal has somehow been linked to style of worship, with the idea that a strictly contemporary music format is required for a congregation to be in a renewal phase. Any eclectic mix is discouraged or downright trashed as the native diversity of sounds and songs is replaced with a one size fits all mode imported from some successful ministry.

Loudness and repetition are the norm. Any classical influence and the great hymns of the faith are shelved. Presumably they are too inaccessible for today’s audience, though when it comes to worship, isn’t the audience supposed to be God? Since creativity is at the heart of who God is, doesn’t it stand to reason that he is pleased by the full spectrum of human expression in worship?

It fascinates me that in talking to his disciples about prayer, Jesus told them not to “keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words”. At its bedrock level, isn’t our congregational singing simply corporate prayer set to music? If so, when did our unchanging God change his opinion about “vain repetitions”?

Worship wars have created serious fissures in the body of Christ.
Worship wars have created serious fissures in the body of Christ.

Issues Of The Heart

In the current environment, a strange kind of dichotomy takes place, where the body of Christ is splintered into revival haves and have-nots. If your congregation is on the praise and worship bandwagon, then you can claim revival, regardless of whether or not there is any integrity given to justice and mercy issues.

If, however, you worship with a group that has a tendency to be traditional in its approach to God, you’re automatically made to feel that somehow your experience is second class and lacking vitality.

A sort of cut and paste paranoia takes place as the pressure to contemporize and get with the program increases. There is no thought or room given for the natural development of a congregation’s most fundamental personality, so schizophrenia evolves that dangerously erodes effectiveness and mission.

Would anyone seriously defend the position that our omniscient God is even vaguely interested in style? Isn’t his primary concern for our spiritual authenticity; doesn’t he place the highest priority on our character of brokenness and dependence on him? Revival, renewal and worship are the crucial issues of the heart, not abstract or technical discussions about instrumentation and form.

We engage in experiential idolatry when we make worship about excitement & personal gratification
We engage in experiential idolatry when we make worship about excitement & personal gratification

Emotions & Thrills

Don’t get me wrong. Those supernatural warm fuzzy times of worship are necessary and should be treasured because we are psychologically complex beings and it is essential for us to be emotionally connected to our Lord and Savior.

However, if we walk away from one of those touching the face of God encounters and are not compelled to “do justice and love mercy”, then Biblical revival has not occurred. Rather, our heart strings have been strummed or manipulated, and we’ve shared a collective behavior episode that professors speak about in Sociology 101.

No matter how other-worldly or profound the manifestations may appear, if we do not pick ourselves up off the floor and walk away from the altar with a dramatically different perspective, then no kind of God-centered renewal has taken place. Our God is in the business of transforming lives, so if revival does not result in changes to our outlook and direction, then it is no revival at all, but simply a joker in a counterfeit mask.

It is just the adrenaline rush of an impassioned buzz that will leave us shaking like a jittery heroin junkie clamoring for the next chance to get high again. Like a drug addict, we will always need more and more of the juice to quench our desire and achieve the desired rush.

The glitter and fever of the previous euphoria inflates our expectations, so in order to feed our hunger for religious escapism we end up chasing after the experience. In doing so, we mirror the world’s theme park thrill rides attitude with its emphasis on momentary excitement and personal gratification.

Why do we worship God?

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Experiential Idolatry

The danger is that the experience becomes an idol; the very real danger is that the experience itself becomes the primary focus of our attention and energy, rather than the end result of our pursuit of God.

When that occurs, we have been seduced to believe that form, style and outward appearance are the critical concerns of our faith. Then, like it or not, we are no different than that “wicked and adulterous generation” who begged Jesus to show them miraculous signs and wonders.

We reveal the extreme depth of our superficiality because we are not interested in taking God at his word, but instead, we demand that invisible truth come equipped with physical verification. We agitate for tangible proof of his existence; we have to see and feel the evidence of his presence in our lives.

Without even being aware of it, we drift into a pattern of worship in which we treat God as a celestial waiter at our beck and call. We don’t worship him for who he is, but for what he can do for us. We don’t approach him with awe, but simply show up in our glad-rags with an entertain-me expectation that feeds on itself.

Who God is and his high call on our lives gets completely lost in our incessant mania to make sure that all our emotional buttons get pushed. Our me-centered need for self-fulfillment diminishes God’s holiness, sovereignty and omnipotence.

Final Analysis

“What we need is revival.” Amen.

What we need is to repent of our gross sins of idolatry, presumption and pride; we need to repent of the naked hypocrisy of our lifestyle choices; we need to repent for taking part in the coup that dethroned God; we need to repent because we’ve created God in our image and exchanged “the glory of the immortal God” for culturally palatable images that place no demands on us for justice or mercy.

If revival and renewal are the cries of the heart, then on the individual and corporate level, we must acknowledge that the deadness of sin has altered our perception and judgment so that we willingly settle for one of the hollow masks of revival.

It feels good, so we embrace it; but we must recognize that it is an empty façade that has no depth of meaning, and it carries no responsibility for life-changing behavior patterns. Until we consistently hold ourselves accountable to pursue the goals of justice and mercy in our worship, we are destined to a treadmill spiritual existence that is a pale shadow of the abundant life God desires us to live.

The prophet Amos determined the measuring rod for revival. What we need is for justice to “roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!”

Amen and amen.

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Putz Ballard 6 years ago

Ken you have nailed it down, a spiritual awakening is what we need in our land. I have read about the great revivals and how God's power change the course of history. Let it begin in my own heart.


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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Great hub brother.

I am amazed at all the tiny minded, seeker friendly, marketing monkeys who run all over the countryside shouting revival...

the only thing that needs reviving is a dead person.

I guess they admit they're condition by constantly screaming revival !!!

I firmly believe that if GOD ALMIGHTY is moving in the midst of a people, then it will not need any advertisements from the marketers and the buildings will be overflowing and it will not be seeker friendly.

We have nothing to boast about of how great GOD is moving in our midst until the congregation is like it was in Acts when it says that nobody just walked into the congregation to "join" because they were terrified to do so after Ananias and Sapphira dropped dead just for lying.

I wish people were afraid to go into the church because of the power of GOD dealing with our injustice.

LOL...

the building might be empty or at least full of humble folk.


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aguasilver 6 years ago from Malaga, Spain

Good hub, spot on.

john


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

The Last church, and I mean the LAST church, I put myself in membership of, flew apart over rock bands on a stage with the dazzles of a large screen above and behind them like a concert would use for the folks in the cheap seats to see what they paid for. A revival was called to put God back in the church by bringing in progressive preachers with pierced ears and shiny suits promoting that progressive changes are required to keep the believers.

It was all a membership of "entertain me" my tithes are large and I demand entertainment. It was unbelievable, dancing girls with tambourines scantily dressed, not modest in any way. I attended one night and I was done. I didn't judge them, I recognized them by their fruits, they were not reaching out to the lost, they were all about entertaining the congregation. A basket ball court, 4 pool tables, Get Real, I had to go and with no fuss I just never went back, and no one missed me, I count that as a blessing.


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Colossians 3:16 comes to mind: "Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."

God speaks to us in a still, small voice ~ not in clamour (1 Kings 19:12). Revial takes place within our hearts, typically calling us to lay down our idolatry that so subtly seeps into our minds, and brings us not only to repentance, but a renewed hunger for the Word and spreading the gospel to others.

We are called out of the "world" and if congregations seek to bring the "world" into worship, Jesus would certainly overturn more than just the tables!


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Cari Jean 6 years ago from Bismarck, ND

WOW! This hub blew me away. It spoke volumes to me as I used to be one who chased after signs and wonders going to every conference and worship service I could just to get that "buzz" that "feeling" that I had a God experience. I really did think that contemporary worship was the only way to go and that God could not move in the old traditional styles of church service. My husband is really the one who helped me open my eyes to being able to worship God in spirit and in truth and he lovingly calls the type of person I used to be a "Christian conference junkie." It really can be an addiction and Christians really do have to be careful. Entertainment has taken over the church and we need to go back to the heart of worship.

"if we walk away from one of those touching the face of God encounters and are not compelled to “do justice and love mercy”, then Biblical revival has not occurred." What a fantastic statement!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Putz - Thanks for your good words. Yes, let it begin in my heart. Amen.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

quietnessandtrust - Thank you. Your words are much appreciated. "I wish people were afraid to go into the church because of the power of GOD dealing with our injustice." That is a powerful thought.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

aguasilver a.k.a. John - Thanks, man. Appreciate the affirmation.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

50 Caliber - Thanks for the visit & for sharing your story. Very interesting & kind of sad. Keep pressing on.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Judah's Daughter - Thank you for your thoughtful comments.

"Revival takes place within our hearts, typically calling us to lay down our idolatry that so subtly seeps into our minds, and brings us not only to repentance, but a renewed hunger for the Word and spreading the gospel to others."

Well said. Thanks.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Cari Jean - Thanks for stopping in & sharing your testimony. Very interesting. I love that "Christian conference junkie" - sounds like something a Canadian would say. :>) Blessings & much encouragement to you on your faith journey.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Ken, This is a very good article. I don't think all revival meetings are bad but the thing is one emotional experience isn't a permanent renewal of your spirit or a change in yhour everyday devotion to God. You explained revival very well.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Pamela. Your point is well taken. Peace & blessings to you.


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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Dear Ken: thanks so much for this article, it brings a flooding of fond memories from my not so distant past, and it also draws attention to my choir ministry as well as my Hub writngs. I don't know whether or not you have linked to my hub writings, but I invite you to do so. I think you will find them enlightening and uplifting. I am reminded of a joke about a revival meeting, but that will be for another time maybe.

Brother Dave.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Revival is return and come to God.


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

I would like also say that revival is not religious (man's opinion), and this is why I did not vote.


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Saintatlarge 6 years ago from Canada

Hi Ken, all i can say is WOW!

i have to agree very strongly, that if the church had a "true" encounter with the presence of God, we would be like Isaiah 6.5 "Woe to me', I cried, "I am ruined for I am a man of unclean lips..."

If it were not for the grace extended to us from God through Jesus, and God did show up in his glory, we would all be dead. This grace has led many to overindulge in the flesh simply because they do not know the way of the Spirit. We think for some reason that the God who delivered Moses and put up with the people for the 40 yr desert experience has some how mellowed, with the coming of Jesus.

Jesus said to the woman at the well in John 4, that a time was coming when people would "worship God in Spirit and in truth...He called them TRUE WORSHIPPERS, for this is whom God seeks."

In the past 36 years i have probably seen more and experienced more on both sides of the coin than most people and this is not said from a puffed up attitude. i am an observer, and have seen the good, bad, and ugly and experienced the dead and the living in Christ.

We tend to look at revival as a corporate "COME ON DOWN GOD!" rather than with Jesus who comes and says, "I am coming to your house today, for supper." That means, no time to prepare and pretty things up and wash the dishes, as you are and in your face. He knows what is going on in all our hearts. I look at it as with Peter on the beach, Jesus prepared a meal for the tired boys and then took them aside... He met the need in the heart, and when our heart is changed, we are forever grateful. Look at who Peter became after that. Great stuff Ken. Thanks L.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Thank you, Dave. Glad you enjoyed it. And yes I am a follower & have enjoyed your Hubs. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Vladimir Uhri - Thank you for the visit. Peace & much encouragement to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Saintatlarge - Thank you for all that affirmation. It is much appreciated. Your words ring true. Blessings to you.


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ladyjane1 6 years ago from Texas

Hello Ken once again I have to say that I enjoyed your writings very much and it did remind me of a revival that my mother took me to when I was a little girl. It was all a fire and brimstone type thing and scared the life out of me. I suppose that is why now I worship in my own way and I am turned off to setting foot inside churches. Maybe this is just the sinner in me I don't know, but lately it seems like I have lost my faith to any of it. I will keep reading your hubs however, you inspire me to become a better writer and a better person. Great Hub.


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RevLady 6 years ago from Lantana, Florida

An excellent hub Ken. It reminds us of the need for Christians to re-evaluate our understanding of both revival and renewal because it has changed over the decades and is used to in variety of arenas. For the Christian who understands the meaning of salvation, it is clear that these terms must apply to an inner change brought about by the Spirit of God or as you said, it must have depth of meaning, and carry with it responsibility for life-changing behavior patterns.

Thank you for a meaningful and thoughtful hub.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Great hub Ken. I know far too many that enjoy the programs, the music, and will outright tell me they don't go to hear any message. They enjoy the atmosphere believing that them just being there pleases the Lord. My wife's own father used to come home from the church he attended in a wonderful mood. We'd ask him what the preacher preached on, and all he could say was, "I don't know, but he sure had the spirit of the Lord in him."

My wife's grandfather, who was our pastor, used to say, "Singings in it, but its not it. Dancing is in it, but its not it. Praying is in it, but its not it. Reading is in it, but its not it." I agree completely with him. You can't put Him in a box.

Your right when you say it can become a form of idolatry. I've been to churches where people are talking in tongues and no one is translating. You come back the next couple weeks and the same people are speaking in tongues with no one translating, and then you start to notice the 'nonsense' they are saying sounds the same everytime. They are just caught up in a mood, possibly even bad spirits.

Sorry, one last thing before I'm done. I remember early in my walk with the Lord I went to a church and these 'healers' were there. They were calling people up to the front and laying hands on them. I'd didn't get anything from them from where I was but others did, they were shouting and falling over as soon as they touched them. I think they noticed my skepticism cause they actually called me out and called me up. I went up, put out my hands and prayed what they shouted to pray, but I didn't feel no power. And then they started 'pushing' - they actually pushed harder on my head like they were going to make me fall out. I'm a pretty big guy, played soccer all my life, and that was not happening. Finally, they just said, "Your healed!" and moved me aside for the next person. It's not that I didn't want to feel something, or receive something - I just didn't feel like there was anything moving through this guy. Thanks for the chance to spout. Peace.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

ladyjane1 - Thank you for sharing a bit of your story & also, thank you for your very kind words. May you know the peace & presence of God in your life, especially in those times of doubt & discouragement. Blessings to you & keep pressing on.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RevLady - Thank you for your affirming words. As always your comments are an encouragement & blessing to me. I am extremely appreciative.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

A M Werner - Thank you for your visit & for getting up on a soap-box & spouting off some. Your experiences are interesting & I have had some of the same.

You better watch out, I have friends in Wisconsin (actually I am supposed to be going to a conference there in March, but I do not think the logistics are going to work) & if you & I met up to discuss life/faith issues we might be at it for a long while. It's surely be a hoot. Blessings to you.


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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

Catch-all words tend to be misleading. revival is one, change is another. In the last presidential election folks voted for change without asking change what into what. The same with revival. Revival of what?


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quietnessandtrust 6 years ago from Carbon Canyon, California

Sadly today what men call "revival" is nothing more than men trying to revive what they have created that has died and is in constant need of resuscitation.

Men create an illusion, that leads to a conclusion of delusion, because men want inclusion of all, even though GOD has many exclusions after the fall.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

dahoglund - Thanks for the comments. In this case, I am referring to a spiritual revival of the heart. Peace & blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

quietnessandtrust - Thanks for the visit & comments. Very interesting perspective & fodder to think about.


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bearclawmedia 6 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

I always love your hubs Ken. So thorough, so well crafted. Don't tell hub crafter. That's another thing your modesty and integrity. Did I say enough yet about how damn good it is to have ya here on the hub pages! Well it is................


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

bearclawmedia - Thank you for your extravagant words of affirmation. I humbly receive them with gratitude. Peace & blessings to you.


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

I have a spiritual relationship with God that does not much involve going to church; I thank Him for all the blessings past, present and future, I pray by talking to Him without using any prayer books.

For me that is enough


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Petra Vlah - Thank you for the visit & for sharing your perspective. Many blessings to you on your journey.


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Hopmoney wizard 6 years ago from barak

good hub. I could relate to this. Something happened in our church that there is a spiritual battle among brethren and it was witnessed by the church. Its a wake up call for us. everybody is awaken by our complacency. brethren with personal issues with fellow brethren such as hatred, anger , pride, self centered and the complacency to our faith which is very common in a church that we can not deny it exist. At that moment ,God impressed it in everyones heart that we have these that we have to do something about it to win the battle. God is wonderful and amazing that its a previlege to witnesses and experience a fire that set in our hearts that right then we see and feel forgiveness, love and understanding among us. The Pastor describe that moment a cleansing in the church. I never realized that tears is flowing in my face I can not contain the God's glory. its such a revival.


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Unchained Grace 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Ken, one can have a revival wherein it is just them and Jesus. One doesn't need the Las Vegas approach to Jesus.

That in itself is what many of the people are coming for.

The show.

I have felt the Holy Ghost roll through our church like a freight train. No show. No glitz. No glamor. No preachers with $1,000 suits and $1,000,000 attitudes. It ain't about them. Benny Hinn can be Benny Hinn all he wants.

To me, I see a revival when we can reunite homeless people with their families. When we can reach out to those who society puts down. That, to me, is revival.

At this very moment, we have three outreach teams out there working with prostitutes, gangbangers, homeless people and young single moms who are trying to raise little ones at bus stops. It's 0330. I pulled the duty the other night. Baltimore City is no joke for this sort of thing but true revival means getting out of your comfort zone and trying to make someone else's life better.

Ken, it is also why I will not step inside anyone's "religion." They can have it. Additionally, until any of these others can realistically point to anything positive they've ever done for anyone other than themselves, their alleged definition of revival means what?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Hopmoney wizard - Thank you for sharing words of testimony to God's grace & amazing wonder. Blessings to you.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Unchained Grace - Thank you for the visit. Much appreciated. Your comments are right on. May the God of peace & grace empower/protect you & your team as work to take back territory for the kingdom of God. Keep pressing on.


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Heavensgates 6 years ago

Interesting hub Ken! Thank you, and you have inspired me to write another hub based on Petra Vlah's post.

To Petra Vlah, the Bible says Hebrews 10:25, "Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching." Again, read it for yourself. Hebrews 10:25 King James Version

Not forsaking or neglecting to assemble together [as believers], as is the habit of some people, but admonishing (warning, urging, and encouraging) one another, and all the more faithfully as you see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:25 AMPLIFIED

God requires a corporate fellowship with the establishment of the five-fold ministry. Study the word. Corporate bodies of Christ are uniformed and set up with divine order from God. Anyone can stay on an island by themselves and be "spiritural" in their thinking and that person is as off as they want to be. It's an issue of rebellion and disobedience. Beware of that attitude. You need a Pastor who is led by God, based on the word of God to minister to you and the flock that God has given him or her.

Often, people who think they can do it own their own, own this mentality when they have been hurt by others in a former church. So they step back and say, "I can do this God thing without all the hypocrites!"

If we are believers we believe in the inspired Word of God, inspired and led by the Holy Spirit over generations to Godly men to record what the Spirit of the Lord would have them to record. They were from different centuries, yet, all on one accord. If you don't believe that, then, you have an issue with God and salvation to begin with. As believers we have to take the Bible as an absolute truth. We can't change it to fit "our personal beliefs" and acquired belief system. That's just pure adulterated stinking thinking. We either believe his word, or don't.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Heavensgates - Thank you for the visit & comments. Looks like you have the seeds of a Hub there.


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shazz01109 6 years ago from Western Massachusetts

I really liked this hub! It was different. I agree with what you mean about revival. I think that there does need to be a revival from the heart. Loud, public pronouncements are stereotypical, and can be ok, as long as it's real, and not for show. I liken it to 'witnessing.' I like when people 'witness' by their actions, not by getting in people's faces, preaching, and condenming. Nice hub.


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

shazz01109 - Thank you. Glad you enjoyed it. Your comments are exactly right. Blessings to you.


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RYPcontent 6 years ago from Chatham, IL

One of the best lenses I have ever read!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

RYPcontent - Thank you. Your comments are much appreciated.


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PinanShodan 6 years ago

Hi Ken

Enjoyed reading this awesome hub. It takes me back to when I was in the throws of my addictions when worshipped every thing but God, Jesus Chrisr is the only revivial in my life today, I am nothing without him.

In Christ,

Laura


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Laura - Thank you for stopping in. Glad you enjoyed it. Amen to Jesus being the only revival. Peace & blessings to you.


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The Rope 6 years ago from SE US

That's about the most straight forward, awe inspiring hub I've read anywhere on religion! I am almost speechless. I can't wait to forward this around to a lot of folks.

Blessings to you and all of those whose lives you touch!


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

The Rope - Thank you for your kind words. And for getting it out to other readers. Much appreciated. Blessing to you.


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2besure 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I received the Lord during the Charismatic revival. We did street meeting,people got saved left and right, filled with the Holy Spirit and healed...and that was through the congregation. Now the emphasis is on how to grow your church. Many ministries have become wells without living water. Where has the power gone?


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Ken R. Abell 6 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

2besure - Thanks for stopping in & sharing thoughtful comments. Peace & blessings to you.


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newjerusalem 4 years ago from India

Dear Ken,

Excellent article on revival.True revival begins in us individually.Indeed,it is the visitation of God.supernatural manifestations are mere confirmation of a revival.In true revival, we are lost in Him.we need to be much aware about the power shows conducted by so-called big ministers,for the Holy Spirit will not exalt either a man or Himself--But He will exalt Christ alone.Revival of excitement without the deeper conviction of sin is Questionable.With the love of Christ

victor


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Ken R. Abell 4 years ago from ON THE ROAD Author

Victor - Thanks for stopping in. Your thoughtful words are much appreciated. Blessings.

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