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Date: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 23:08:28 +1200
JONATHAN GOFORTH - Revivalist in China!
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 
1904. 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 unchange-
able truth that 'It is not by might, but by My Spirit.'"