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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2009 20:09:02 +1300
-by TPW.

THE PROBLEM with Revivals is that, like the Lord, they are so 
supernatural! For instance, "at that moment the power of God 
swept in upon half the congregation, and one half slumped on top 
of each other. On the other side men and women fell back in a 
trance throwing their arms up and remaining in that position for 
fully two hours."

Does that seem "decently in order"?

So, many a leader has tried to "correct" God's methods. When 
Revival broke out in India's Ramabai Mukti Mission not only were 
the girls "stricken by conviction of sin, followed by confession," 
but "noteworthy were all the emotional accompaniments, the 
physical phenomena, the sensation of burning, simultaneous 
prayer, and speaking with tongues, and (later) women praying with 
loud crying."

What was Pandita Ramabai, "this well-educated Indian lady of the 
highest caste, influenced in her ideas of propriety by the 
Anglo-Catholics," to do? She tried to impose rules.

"But I soon found that I stopped the work of the Holy Spirit by 
interfering with it. I wanted to be proper and conduct meetings in 
our old civilised ways. But God would have none of it. He laid His 
hand upon me, put me low in the dust, and told me to take my 
proper place, that of a worm. He said, 'My thoughts are not your 
thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.'

"I humbled myself under this severe rebuke and took my hand off 
the work. The Holy Spirit has full liberty."

The result was the conversion of hundreds of young women.

Dr. Nicol MacNicol wrote: "Those whose religion in 1907 seemed 
too emotional to endure long, 20 years later were bearing their 
witness steadfastly."

Revivals can even be stamped out completely: "I have been pastor 
of a church where Revival broke out among a little group in the 
congregation. I was jealous and I stamped it out," Dr. Alan 
Redpath told a Ngaruawahia convention.

"I know of many a church (or) college where a group of people have 
felt hungry for God and sought His face ... They too have been 
stamped out at faculty (leadership) level - 'too emotional'."

Every Revival has been branded "too emotional." Yet it is the 
maker of man's emotions who stirs emotions in a Revival, 
sometimes contrary to the intentions of the leader. David Brainerd 
states "a Divine influence caused the persons to cry out in anguish 
of soul, although I spoke not a word of terror, but on the contrary, 
of Christ's willingness to save."

Charles Finney, often accused of stirring up the people, found that 
"a few words of conversation would create a distress that seemed 
unendurable ... in as gentle a manner as I could ... I pointed them 
to Christ ... I said, 'Now please go home ... Try to keep silent, and 
do not break out into any boisterous manifestation of feeling' .. 
they went out sobbing and sighing" until at home one "fell on the 
floor and burst into a loud wailing, in view of his awful condition."

That is the key: The view of their awful condition.

We naturally feel afraid at moments of great danger. And in Revival, 
the Holy Spirit makes sinners vividly aware that "the soul that 
sinneth, it shall die!" Naturally, when those sins are washed away, 
people are, "So full of joy they could hardly contain themselves."

However, fallible human beings can overreact. In the Welsh Revival: 
"Excesses were in evidence, as in every period of awakening in 
the history of the Church." Some Christians, seeing only those 
excesses, ignoring the incredibly massive blessings, criticised.