Friday, November 4, 2011

Our Need for Spiritual Revival

Look at over the place. What do you see? Unless you have been sheltered for the past decade, what you see is a decay of common sense and standard morality. We see many countries that are unable to pay their national debts, homosexuality is on the rise and being imposed on Americans as a normal lifestyle, and crime is growing in many U.S. cities. What is the problem with our world? The answer is simple but many people have made too complex of answers for it. The problem is that we are sinners and in need of a Savior. Simple, but most people do not get it. We are in desperate need of revival. Because we are called to preach the Gospel, the church has abdicated its responsibility to fulfill this worthy and noble calling.

To start, what is our responsibility as Christians in this world? Matthew 28:18-20 says, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Within the past century, we have been disobeying God’s call to go make disciples. The consequences of this is that America has moved away from it’s Christian foundation and going towards something that has no foundation. The church has slipped from orthodox practices to such as preaching from the Koran, ordaining homosexuals, and simply preaching a false Gospel. Our only response to this is to repent from our laziness and selfish desires. If you were to stand before God on how you obeyed God’s call to make disciples, what will God say? John MacArthur writes, “The remedy to our nation’s moral and spiritual woes must begin at the house of God. The process starts with personal repentance. If Christians truly want to see God’s blessing on our society, we ought to be models of genuine contrition and humility rather than merely pointing fingers of blame at the evils of secular society.”1 He’s right. The reason secular Humanism is dominant in society is because we allowed it to. We are the reason that people such as American Atheist’s Madalyn Murray O’Hair, ACLU founder Roger Baldwin, billionaire and communist George Soros have been able remove America from its Christian foundation.

Secondly, what are some ways we can move forward in making disciples and evangelizing? First, we must preach the Gospel to ourselves regularly. This includes reading your Bibles and examining your heart. Next, go out and tell others about the Gospel. Lay down tracts (Which Living Waters Ministries has the best out there) at your school, office, or your local Wal-mart. Others need to hear about the Gospel. Third, teach yourself and others the art of apologetics. It is very important that we have people ready to defend the faith and through those efforts win others to Christ. Some good resources to use include Apologetics for the Glory of God by John Frame, Always Ready by Greg Bahnsen, and Many Infallible Proofs by Henry Morris. Also, getting a good education on America’s Christian heritage and our Constitution is a must. No American Christian should be ignorant on what is in our Constitution. We all need to be informed citizens and not let islamists, Communists, Fascists, Atheists, and others take you by surprise. The final step in this process is to pray. Many revivals had started because people prayed. While that doesn’t excuse the need to evangelize, prayer is the golden key to revival. It shows our reliance on God and not on our own strength and pride. These are some of the ways we as Christians can change the direction of the Church and of society.

At last, what are some ways to get familiar with America’s Christian heritage and our Constitution? Go to a search engine and you can almost certainly access an html copy of the U.S. Constitution. Learn it, articulate it, teach it to others, and that will drive the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State nuts. Buy a bunch of U.S. Constitutions and send one to everyone that you know. They are usually cheap and can fit in one’s pocket. Christians should be the ones spearheading this. We need to teach this to our children by any means which includes keeping your children out of public school. Children in the public schools receive a substandard education and get indoctrinated with the homosexual agenda, Marxism, Islam, and pseudoscience (aka. Evolution). A way to familiarize yourself with America’s history is to read primary sources. That’s right! Read the sources written by America’s founders. These people have written on a variety of topics that you can learn a lot about what they believed and thought. Their writings are the exact opposite of what the ACLU, AU, and those in our government believe and are trying to impose. There is a link of sources you can read in the reference section of this article. It is important that every Christian in the U.S. is familiar with our Christian heritage.

In closing, America is in desperate need of spiritual revival. It is through the works of Christians such as you and me to reach such people. There are people everywhere that need to hear this glorious Gospel. We have the Key of the Gospel, are going to unlock the door of eternal life to them?

Works cited
1. MacArthur, John. “Can God Bless America?”
References (One of the best tracts that are available.) (Has free articles on apologetics and other stuff) (A copy of the Constitution you can read online.) (Also has the Constitution and many of the writings of the founding fathers.)