[anzac] REVIVALIST in CHINA! - Jonathan Goforth

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Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2012 21:39:05 +1200
REVIVALIST in CHINA!! - Jonathan Goforth
-written by David Smithers.    

"You must go forward on your knees," was the advice Hudson 
Taylor gave to a young Canadian missionary named Jonathan 
Goforth. Mr. Goforth faithfully and fervently followed this advice 
throughout all has missionary endeavors in China. Yet, after 
thirteen years of faithful praying and preaching, and what most 
would consider a very successful ministry, Goforth became 
restless and dissatisfied. It was at this time an unknown party 
from England began sending pamphlets on the Welsh revival of 
904. Goforth was deeply stirred as he read these accounts. "A 
new thought, a new conception seemed to come to him of God 
the Holy Spirit..." He then gave himself to much more prayer 
and Bible study. Goforth now found himself being driven by a 
fresh vision, a vision for a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. 

Soon he began to meet daily with other missionaries to pray for 
revival. These men vowed to God and to one another that they 
would pray until revival came to China. In 1908 Jonathan Goforth's 
prayers and dreams began to be realized. Goforth began going to 
different missionary stations and simply led his fellow missionaries 
in prayer. Then suddenly earnest prayer gave way to the open 
confession of sin. 

It was when the Christians came clean, confessed and forsook 
their secret sin, that the Holy Spirit rushed in like a mighty wind. 
Truly it was this open and honest confession of sin that was the 
most striking feature of the revival. Everywhere Mr. Goforth went 
revival would spread, and almost always in the same way. First 
prayer was encourage among the Christians, which then 
spontaneously led to heart- breaking confessions of sin. And then 
like a flood, the lost were brought into the kingdom by the thousands. 
"Men were searched as with fire." One after another broken-hearted 
believers emptied themselves through the uncovering of all secret 
sin. Mr. Goforth clearly identified unconfessed sin among Christians 
as a major hindrance to God-sent revival. 

Walter Phillips describes for us one of Mr. Goforth's revival meetings: 
"At once, on entering the church one was conscious of something 
unusual. The place was crowded to the door and tense, reverent 
attention sat on every face. The people knelt for prayer, silent at 
first, but soon one here and another there began to pray aloud. 
The voices grew and gathered volume and blended into a great 
wave of united supplication that swelled until it was almost a roar. 
Now I understood why the floor was so wet - the very air was 
electric and strange thrills coarsed up and down ones body." 

When Mr. Goforth preached, "The cross burned like a living fire in 
the heart of every address." It was the person of Jesus Christ who 
was exalted throughout the entire revival as a King and Savior who 
must be reckoned with. In the midst of this great revival Jonathan 
Goforth clearly saw that all of his previous sweating and striving 
had reaped only frustration. He came to the firm conviction that 
revival is only born through humility, faith, prayer and the power of 
the Holy Ghost. Goforth writes, "If revival is being withheld from us 
it is because some idol remains still enthroned; because we still 
insist in placing our reliance in human schemes; because we still 
refuse to face the unchangeable truth that 'It is not by might, but 
by My Spirit.'" 

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