Rev. Ronald Wilson, General Superintendent of the Congregational Holiness Church, wrote an article in the June/July 2008 issue of The Gospel Messenger that is worth sharing. Wilson reminded readers that Pentecostals must be careful to not despise small things – including our humble roots where God transformed the lowliest of sinners into the unlikeliest of Gospel messengers. Importantly, Wilson also called for a revival of evangelism and holiness — encouraging believers to set aside personal agendas so that souls might be won. Thank you for helping to keep what is most important in focus, Rev. Wilson!
I recently came across a quote from Leonard Ravenhill that I want to share with you this month. It really stirred my heart, and I believe it should cause each of us to pause and think. He said, “Do the Pentecostals look back with shame as they remember when they dwelt across the theological tracks, but with the glory of God in their midst? When they had a normal church life, which meant nights of prayers followed by signs and wonders, and diverse miracles, and genuine gifts of the Holy Ghost? When they were not clock watchers and their meetings lasted for hours, saturated with holy power? Have we no tears for these memories or shame that our children know nothing of such power?”
Whether you agree with everything he said or not, you cannot help but sense the cry in his heart for a move of God. Sad to say, but many Pentecostals have become just like those we once criticized for doing the very things we do today. It is not my intent in this article to devote my time to dissecting everything Brother Ravenhill said, but rather to issue an appeal for revival. I know in recent months my heart has been stirred because of the magnitude of what we need to do. Souls hang in the balance, while many are caught up in their own private agendas. An independent spirit is sweeping the land, causing some to lose sight of the greater good that can be accomplished if we work together. Surely the devil must be happy with what he sees taking place in some church circles.
Recently, I found myself thinking of a verse of scripture that seems to characterize some within the church world today. Judges 21:25 says, “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.” To every generation, God has issued the call to live a holy life. Even during the point in history that some refer to as the “Dark Ages,” the call was there. We must not be negligent in our day. The truths of God’s Word need to be sounded with great passion in this generation. A holy God has set the agenda and the standard, and we are to be holy as He is holy.
The cry of the Psalmist stirs in my soul this month. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” The Bible says that no one knows the day nor the hour when the Lord is going to return, but it declares with absolute certainty that He is coming again. I want to be ready to meet Him when He comes, and I want to help others so they can be ready to meet Him also. We need revival. We need revival not only for the good it will do for each of us personally, but for the good it will do to our families, our churches, our communities and the world. We need a great move of God. Let us unite our prayers and our hearts to see an outpouring of the Holy Ghost and fire in 2008.
Originally published as: “Days of Destiny,” The Gospel Messenger (June/July 2008), pp. 1-2. Posted with permission.