Is Revival Really Here?
What are the next steps toward true revival?by Michael Cassidy – Christianity Today – November 2009
“THE COVER OF THE SEPTEMBER ISSUE OF Today read: “Revival in the Land”. Rodney Howard-Browne apparently thinks it is. So does Angus Buchan. Could be! Who am I to argue with these brothers? Yes I’m not so sure if it’s real revival just yet, or only pockets of it.
I’d be hesitant to say how I would recognise a national revival. I have however, had exposure to the so-called East African Revival which has gone on for over 60 years in a sustained way, especially in Uganda and Rwanda. Yes both countries produced genocidal type happenings in the 80’s and 90’s. I did also have a perplexing week at the Airport Vineyard Church in Toronto celebrated for the Toronto Blessing.
In India recently I gleaned a touch of revival in the slums of Mumbai and Delhi, and some amazing things in Chennai and Hyderabad. And I’ve been in cities like Washington DC and Los Angeles during Billy Graham Crusades when the churches were certainly ‘revived’.
Also in the 70’S, locally we certainly saw some renewal as the Spirit moved in many congregations. Yet curiously many participants in the charismatic renewal continued supporting apartheid. Was something missing?
All these movements were at heart for the most part wonderful, But we must submit them to be tested, as Professor Richard Lovelace, a great renewal and revival scholar writes: “authentic spiritual renewal inevitably produces results in a social and cultural transformation. No deep lasting social change can be effected by Christian’s without a general spiritual awakening.” [ Emphasis added]
Lovelace also explains that there is authentic revival in a land when law-makers and media influences begin to do this differently. He affirms that “the Old Testament prophets habitually call for a threefold repentance on the part of God’s people: The rejection of idolatry or false religion, the renunciation of adultery, drunkenness and other personal sins: and a renewal of caring for the poor and needy, forsaking indifference, fighting oppression and seeking justice.”
So if South Africa is in real revival or interested in moving into it, the only way to tell is through a revival of caring for the poor, forsaking indifferent, fighting oppression and seeking justice, along with a major concern to evangelise and win souls.
Nor will we know real revival by whether people start laughing or falling down, but by what they do when they stop laughing and when they get up! [ Emphasis added]
That’s why James Burns in his great classic ‘Revivals, Their Laws and Leaders’ (1909) could note: “All revivals are ethical revivals, they move – if they are authentic revivals from above, and not merely in the realm of emotions, but in the sphere of conscience and the will” [ Emphasis added]
In other words, revived consciences will not ethically or morally tolerate society evils but will volitionally resolve to challenge these and work for their elimination. [ Emphasis added]
For this reason, and given South Africa’s horrific and seemingly mounting propensities for crime, the neglect of the poor, and the assault on the rule of the law and so on, we need to test out any revival claims against whether South African Christians are starting to make any dent on all that. Are Christians, in other words, becoming what one of Wesley’s biographers called ‘regiments of reform?” That’s the acid test of real revival. [ Emphasis added]
Revived men and women need to demonstrate their revived state of soul by also labouring for ‘National Reformation’ in the land. [ Emphasis added]
If that sort of thing happens, and if righteousness, goodness, honesty, and the upholding of family values also penetrate government, legal and business opportunities of our land, then indeed we will know that revival has come to South Africa.
But only then.”
Michael Cassidy is founder and international Team Leader of African Enterprise, an interdenominational Christian mission agency with teams in ten countries across Africa.
Revival means the New Age ‘renewal of your conscience’. Not by the Holy Spirit but another spirit that is leading people into an anti-Christ trap.
The full gospel of Jesus Christ is not preach properly and because of the lies told at these so called revivals – Jesus Christ is never glorified.
A renewed conscience or enlightened mind will want to do good works; it will want to demonstrate your passion for the poor, will want to fight crime, will not tolerate injustice.
A New Age renewed mind will want to help their neighbour. A renewed mind will want to start a community/society that can make a change in the lives of many people.
A New Age renewed mind wants to be part of a brotherhood or sisterhood of sharing.
A New Age renewed mind will sooner or later agree to the redistribution of wealth, whether it’s in South Africa or the entire world.
A New Age renewed mind will help bring about Transformation (Socialism)
Here is an article from Dion Forster who is very good friends with Michael Cassidy. Both Dion Forster and Michael Cassidy are some of the main supporters of Angus Buchan and Graham Power’s conferences including the Global Day of Prayer. Unless it’s the other way around and Angus Buchan and Graham Power are the main supporters of Dion Forster and Michael Cassidy… who knows. Anyhow.
by Dion Forster – Monday, March 29, 2010 at 5:19PM
“….Today I visited the investment firm of a friend – they are one of the more prominent investment firms in Hong Kong with a massive portfolio! I have heard of their commitment to the redistribution of wealth and the effective transformation of society through recapturing economic systems so that they can more adequately reflect God’s desire that no person should have to much while any person has too little.
They employ a host of very bright and hard working people for their firm (not all of them are Christians, but they do have to understand the principles on which the firm operates). It was a joy to spend some time with them discussing how Christians can use their ability, influence, and resources under God’s guidance to bring about transformation…” [Emphasis added]
This is not the revival you were thinking of right? Yeah, thought so.
What they are subtly trying to do to you at all these so called ‘Revivals’ is too renew your mind, change the way you think. You go there under the pretence that these people are worshipping the same Jesus Christ as you are, but they are not. They will tell you what you need to do to ‘find God’ which will lead you to a spiritual awakening in your consciousness and your will – an awakening that will lead you into accepting socialism. This awakening is satanic and in no way Biblical.
They will tell you what they want YOU to hear. And they will hit home with things most personal to you. It’s starts with your family they tell you, then your finances. Become a Christian, it’s the only way to live. So everyone starts to act like a Christian. But they are not. This renewal of your mind can be simplified into one sentence: “making you think you are something that you are not” And this is Satan’s whole grand scheme of things.
Here is South Africa we are almost commanded to do 67 minutes of GOOD for Mandela and if you don’t you are looked at as though there is something wrong with you. I was asked on Mandela’s 95th birthday, “so what good did you do today for your 67 minutes”. I replied, “if you are up to it, lets sit down and I will tell you that Mandela is not my god, but Jesus Christ the Son of God and doing good for 67 minutes is going to help no one, but preaching the saving gospel of Jesus Christ for 5 minutes will help someone for eternity. Are you interested in listening?” The guy said no, he had to go. I said to him, “hey you just have to listen for 5 minutes, not 67 minutes” he looked at me as though he was about the be tortured. He then said that he goes to church. I said, “sure”. And off he went.
The revival you thought was taking place is not what you thought it was. It has nothing to do with saving souls. It has nothing to do with the Gospel of Jesus Christ – in fact it has nothing to do with Jesus Christ. They are using his name to fool you, it is another Jesus, another Christ.
Stop following the world, stop following men, and start picking up your Bible at home and reading it by yourself – you do not need to go to these so called disguised revivals and conferences where they tell you you will hear the most inspiring message ever. That is a complete load of nonense because you can open the Bible on any page at any point in time and read the most inspired message EVER – Inspired by God Himself.
Do you want to know who Dion Forster is and the god he worships? He calls his god, “Christ”, but it’s not the Jesus Christ of the Bible. See here and Dion Forster follows the Cosmic Christ and Angus Buchan says you need to put your doctrinal differences aside