I’ve struggled to find a topic lately to write on. My heart has been focused on a couple areas, the need for the church to have the Holy Spirit, a third Great Awakening, or the view that free speech applies to everyone else but those who go against cultural norms. Couple that with the season I’ve been going through lately and I have a lot to talk about and a limited platform on which to discuss it. As I have prayed, and even now continue to pray on what to write, I realize, we are as a church and nation, hurting for revival.
What do I mean by that you may ask?
Let’s look at the most recent and controversial event the church (as an organization) has created, The Nashville Statement. The Nashville Statement is in short a manifesto of what the Church (as the body) stands for in accordance with God’s will, pertaining to same-sex marriage, and the roles of men and women. For further information, I’ve provided the link below. This statement (which for the record I agree with), has been met with so much opposition, and none more so than from other Christians. Why? Because, from my observation, we have lost sight of Christ, we lack discernment, and we do not immerse ourselves in the presence of God. In short, we’ve told the Holy Spirit, thanks, but we no longer need you. I’m reminded of what 1 Timothy 4:1 says, “But the Holy Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach.”
Now, this is not every Christian’s belief, but it is enough that we see a tide turning. I know I made a bold statement, but it is very true if you look closely. We are hurting for revival. We are hurting for the Spirit of the Lord to come through and clean His church. The late Revivalist Leonard Ravenhill said this, “America, doesn’t need God, the church needs God. If the church got God, America would soon feel it.” He passed away in 1994, but his words are truer today than they were at the time he spoke them. One thing is true, The Nashville Statement, exposed the hearts of a lot of Christians across the nation. We need to choose a side, and we need for God’s spirit to ring true. However, these are just the thoughts of one man…so I ask you…what do you think?
The Nashville Statement: https://cbmw.org/nashville-statement/