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After spending the better part of the weekend in bed sick, I got myself up on Monday to try kicking this cold that I’ve been fighting, and recorded some of my thoughts into my microphone. I get a little preachy, yes.
But it’s also with trepidation that I share these thoughts because I’m not trying to just be a critical arm-chair critic.
There are two main points I cover in this week’s episode if you have half an hour to listen:
- I share quotes from an eye-witness of the Azusa Street Revival who talks of how it was totally spontaneous and everybody contributing — kinda like the stuff we’ve been discussing on the podcast about house churches and organic churches.
- Then I get into full on “preach mode” and spend time in the whole paragraph of 2 Chronicles 7 that the infamous prayer meeting verse comes from.
After listening to this through for a full edit, I realize there’s a lot left to be said and that I’ve left out, but I guess we’ll just have to get back to that later, eh?
For example, every The Call-like prayer meeting I’ve ever attended in the United States since 2001 has had a moment where representatives of the Native American community come and someone “repents” to them and this is somehow meant to prophetically declare or represent a vicarious repentance on behalf of the actions in the past of the American Church against the original inhabitants of the land.
But the question remains: when does that actually finally get repented of? How many times does some kind of prophetic symbolism need to take place before God is finally happy that it was repented of, and decides to send revival?
You can see some of the logic of this and why I have questions and concerns from a “finished work” of the cross perspective, can’t you?
I don’t dog the importance of gathering together to pray, but simply remind you what we need is to go do it and get out of the upper room, not just gather in it all the time in order to receive (which if you remember me saying, also has its place.)
Please listen with an open heart. Remember, I’m more FOR these types of things than “against” them, but I just think what I share today is worth considering.
Check out the episode here:
Relevant links by Dr. Stephen R Crosby, frequent guest on the podcast:
Revising Revival Part 1: 2 Chronicles 7:14 in context
Revising Revival Part 2: There’s no “If You” in the New Covenant
Revising Revival Part 3: The futility of 2 Chronicles 7:14
Revising Revival Part 4: Praying for Revival 2 Chr. 7:14 and Praying for Revival
An Open Letter to Revival – by Carlos A. Rodriguez
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Blessings and fire on your head!