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American churches need a revival of the Holy Spirit

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Posted: Saturday, April 18, 2015 10:19 am

There have been some issues in the news recently that are very telling. First, our President, who just can’t get himself to say the words “Islamic terrorist,” has absolutely no problem bashing Christians whenever he gets a chance. Additionally, he is bent on making an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program without any regard for Israel. Finally, the major outcry over Indiana’s RFRA law is startling considering twenty nine states already have RFRA laws or RFRA protections, and the Federal Government passed a RFRA law in 1993 (sponsored by liberal Democrat Charles Shumer and signed into law by President Clinton).

Why are these developments so telling? Because it seems like the battle of worldviews has been decided, and those who hold to biblical values and the truth of God’s word ended up on the short end of the stick. While those who disregard God and His Word were actively promoting their views, many Christian leaders thought that, by reinventing church in order to be seen as relevant to society, the church would impact our culture for Jesus. So “outside the box” thinking pervaded, which led, unfortunately, to compromised theology, shallow discipleship, and a weaker church that failed to impact the culture. This paradigm shift, which had good intentions, didn’t work.

And it appears we lost the culture.

Is the situation hopeless? No. there still is one hope — revival. An authentic move of the Holy Spirit in the churches across America, causing we Christians to fall on our faces in humility and repentance for our own sins and the sins of our nation, to return to Jesus in absolute surrender and total devotion, and to cry out to God to move as He did in the First and Second Great Awakenings. The spiritual condition in America was pretty deplorable before these revivals, but God responded to the repentance and cries of His people and brought powerful revivals that changed not only the church, but also the culture.

I’m not a prophet, but it could very well be now or never. This is our last hope. There is no “Plan B.”

Pastor Frank Nolton

New Hope Community Church