keeping a watchful eye on the wolves

When Sheep Weep

The early believers did not have microphones, cell phones, God T.V. or the internet. They did not have ‘catchers’ or loud speakers to play hypnotizing synthetic music in the background to trigger emotions and keep people in worship mode.

Yet they turned the world upside down.

Here’s a suggestion for everyone who believes the Florida Revival is of God:

  • Take away the catchers.
  • Take away the performers.
  • Take away the instruments.
  • Unplug everything electronic.
  • Open up your Bibles and read them.

See what ‘happens’ then.

God does not need man made gimmicks to convict the hearts of men. Neither does He instruct us to seek ‘supernatural encounters,’ as some are falsely teaching (see here).

Do you know that the evidence of a true revival is weeping? It’s the agony of conviction of sin by the Holy Spirit that leads to confession, repentance, and a changed heart.

For example:

Just listen to this account of the revival in Korea in 1907. This is the account by Mr Lee:

“Man after man would rise to his feet, confess his sins and break down and weep, and then throw himself to the floor and then beat the floor with his fists, in perfect agony of conviction. My own cook tried to make a confession, broke down in the midst of it and cried to me across the room; ‘Pastor tell me, is there any hope for me? Can I be forgiven?’ And then he threw himself to the floor, and wept and wept! And almost screamed in agony. Sometimes after a confession, the whole audience would break out in audible prayer and the effect of that audience of hundreds of men, praying together in audible prayer, was something indescribable. Again, after another confession, they would break out in uncontrollable weeping and we would all weep, we couldn’t help it and so the meeting went on till 2am, with confession and weeping and praying. Each was face to face with God. I can hear yet that fearful sound of hundreds of men, pleading with God for life and for mercy. The cry went out over the city till the heathen were in consternation”.
– Alan Morrison, True Revival Or Apostasy?

In a true revival, those under conviction of sin do not swoon away or fall back in an unconscious stupor. They do not twitch or jerk or laugh and stagger as though drunk (see Comparison Between Kundalini and the so-called Toronto Blessing).

They may fall down as Peter did in agony when confronted with the Lord’s divinity. To be genuinely “slain in the spirit” is to be ‘slain’ by the Law, which reveals our sinful condition next to God’s standard of holiness.

I highly recommend, to those of you who are not quite sure if the Florida Revival is of God, that you read the article by Alan Morrison. The link will be provided below.

In this article, he explains this further:

“In the old style revivals when people fell down, it was a mere effect, a by-product which was caused by their agonies of soul in standing as sinners before a just and holy God. The process of being confronted by the Spirit of God was the cause, and it brought about the effect of falling down. The falling down was an effect, a by-product of their agony. However, in the new style of “revivals”, the process is reversed, so that the falling down becomes a causal experience which can then be induced in people and which itself can generate other effects. In other words, the thing that was formerly just an effect, becomes elevated to a cause, so that instead of it being the process of conversion, which might make you fall down, it becomes the process. Falling down then makes you into a convert! Do you see what I am saying here friends? There is a total inversion of reality. It’s subtle at first, but that’s what’s happening, and when you look at it, you can really see it. The process of conversion might make you fall down, but what happens now is, it’s inverted in these new-style revivals, so that the process of falling down can make you into a convert. And the moment that happens, we move right out of the realms of Christianity into a Pagan ritual; and one might even say an occult initiation.

When you desire to fall down into a trance, so you can be bathed in the Spirit what spirit do you think it is?”

Please read this important article here:
http://www.inplainsite.org/html/genuine_revival.html

In conclusion, here is a quote from Take the Catchers Away:

“Take the catchers away and everything else went with it. Bang, out the door. There were a couple of people who pitifully still tried to work it up by the flesh and would shake and quake a little bit, but the interest from the rest of the congregation had all but disappeared. When there was no one to perform in front of then the shaking and quaking and jerking would stop.”

God will send true revival to a land – when the sheep weep.

For thus says the high and exalted One
Who lives forever, whose name is Holy,
“I dwell on a high and holy place,
And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the lowly
And to revive the heart of the contrite.
Isaiah 57:15

Related:

The Kind of Revival We Need
http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/the-kind-of-revival-we-need/

Seeking HIS Face
http://pjmiller.wordpress.com/2008/05/09/seeking-his-face/

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One response

  1. Al

    Staying Within the Confines of the Word of God

    God has left us His Word and His Spirit to give us direction for our lives. Our lives are to be governed by the Word of God with the help of the Holy Spirit. (Psalm 119:105, John 16:13, Romans 8:14) When we go outside of the parameters of the Word of God we open the door to demonic deception. (Ephesians 4:27)

    There are 3 doctrines being taught in the church today that in my opinion are very harmful because they open the door to demonic power to manifest in the church. The first one is that if you are a prophet you can prophesy to anyone you want at will because you are a prophet. This doctrine violates the Word of God. The Word of God says in 1 Corinthians 12:11 the gifts of the Spirit operate as God wills, not as we will. 2 Peter 1:21 says that prophecy never comes by the will of man. Ironically if you get into verse one of chapter two he begins to warn the church about false prophets. When a person operates the gifts of the Spirit by his own will he opens the door to familiar spirits that are demonic to give him information. That person now becomes a Christian medium for demonic power. Even Jesus could not operate the gifts of the Spirit as He willed because He was operating as the son of man on the earth. He had put His mighty power and glory to the side and had to be anointed to function for God. (John 5:19, 20, 30, Philippians 2:7 TLB, Acts 10:38)

    The second doctrine that I also see that is damaging to the church is the doctrine of seeking angelic visitations and asking God to give you visions. No where in scripture do we see this. There is no biblical basis for this. The Bible says we walk by faith and not by site. (2 Corinthians 5:7) Again seeing into the spirit realm is done thru the gift of discerning of spirits which is one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12. Again like prophecy this gift operates as the spirit wills. When you go outside of the Word of God you open yourself up for demonic deception and you will begin to have visions of angels and Jesus but it will be devils that transform themselves as angels of light to deceive people.(2 Corinthians 11:12-15)

    Colossians2:18-19(The Message Translation)Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. He is the Head and we are the body. We can grow up healthy in God

    The third doctrine that is damaging to the body of Christ is that you can go to Heaven and visit any time you want to. They use Hebrews 4:16, Ephesians 2:6 these doctrines are doctrines of devils devised in these last days to cause people to fall away. (1Timothy 4:1-2, 2 Timothy 4:1-5) When you start visualizing and doing some of the new age stuff they are teaching about this you will have supernatural experiences but they won’t be from Jehovah God but from the god of this world the devil.

    Hebrews 5:14 tells us that thru the use of the meat of the Word of God we train our senses to discern both good and evil. Let us judge things by the Word of God and the inward witness of the Holy Ghost.(1 Thessalonians 5:20-21, John 16:13, Romans 8:14,16, 1 John 4:1)

    May 24, 2008 at 1:50 pm

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