[anzac] WHAT was it ABOUT WALES??

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 12:15:43 -0600
"WHAT is TRUE REVIVAL? - 
THE WELSH REVIVAL of 1904-5" 
-by Chris 'Prayintongues'.

"Revival is a community saturated with God," said revivalist 
Duncan Campbell. And so it was in Wales. Reports speak of "an 
overwhelming sense of God's presence and holiness at home, at 
work, in shops," even in hotel bars! 

Powerful conviction of sin follows. "Many lay flat on the ground in 
agony of conviction." In one meeting sinners "fell in a heap and 
cried out pitifully and loudly for mercy." 

Such conviction triggers off intense prayer and repentance before 
God, but also confession and restitution towards man: "the most 
remarkable confessions of sin, confessions that must be costly." 
Respectable church members and leaders publicly confessed sin 
hidden deep in the hearts. This results in long-standing debts 
being paid, stolen goods returned, church and family feuds being 
healed, and enemies reconciled. 

Outside of work-hours, worship, praise, prayer, Bible reading, 
fellowship--these become the Christian's whole life. Meetings 
couldn't be closed and went on all night. Men came in their work 
clothes with their next day's lunch packed. Prayer meetings were 
held in mines, trains, trams, and businesses. Shops sold out of Bibles. 

Great numbers of people become Christians. In Wales: "70,000 in 
two months, 85 thousand in five, and more than 100,000 in half a 
year." By the end of the Revival, 90 percent of the people of Wales 
were attending church. 

In some Welsh districts, drunkenness halved, bars went bankrupt, 
police had nothing to do, courts had no cases to try. Social 
problems disappeared. But one statistic rose slightly--that of 
insanity. Could it have been among those who endlessly resisted 
conviction of sin? 

So the nation is changed. Its values become Christian. But do 
Revivals last? Dr Edwin Orr says the Welsh Revival was maintained 
till the outbreak of war--WW1--in 1914. When he investigated the 
effect of the Revival in 1935--thirty years after--he found that Revival
converts were "the choicest segment of church life." These converts 
were now the elders and ministers of the church right across the nation. 

Many now look on this Revival as a prototype Revival--a model for 
all others. Yet the fact is there was one other feature of this Revival 
that persisted until Orr published his favourable findings. The 
Revival was criticised almost out of existence. For decades it was 
considered "much ado about nothing because of its emotionalism" 
(Dr Eiffion Evans).

~Found on the Forum at-  http:/www.revivalschool.com