10-8-2011 – How To Discern Between True And False Revivals

October 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10-8-2011 – How To Discern Between True And False Revivals)

Part five in a series on genuine revival
How do we avoid false revivals? As stated before…determine if what they are teaching agrees with Scripture. For example, if one claims to be drunk in the Spirit, 1 Corinthians 14:40 tells us otherwise, “Let all things be done decently and in order.” If one lacks control, remember that self-control is a fruit of the Spirit. If a claim is made that a “messenger of light” appeared with a new revelation, point to 2 Corinthians 11:14 where we find Satan transforming himself into an angel of light. If those who look to the Word are accused of quenching and grieving the Spirit, we are reminded that Jesus used the Word of God for finality, discernment, and power.
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10-1-2011 – “Not Everything Done In God’s Name Bears His Approval”

October 1st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10-1-2011 – “Not Everything Done In God’s Name Bears His Approval”)

Part four in a series on genuine revival.

As stated last week, Christians can embrace one of two extremes concerning the word “revival.” At one extreme are those who embrace pure emotionalism and hysteria—“if it’s odd it’s God”—all weird behavior is excused. The other extreme lacks a living, vibrant spiritual life. The church feels dead, cold, and lifeless. Talk of reviving the things of God (revival) is either dismissed or ridiculed. Both extremes can hinder the work of the Holy Spirit and genuine Christian growth. I am primarily addressing the first extreme in this series.
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