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Why Culture won’t Change without Radical Revival

WHY CULTURE WON’T CHANGE WITHOUT RADICAL REVIVAL

By Steve Strang founder of Charisma News and CEO of Charisma Media.

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Genuine revival is the only way we can change the spiritual temperature of our society. Rioting. Racial unrest. Drug abuse ruining a generation. War in the Middle East. Christians under siege from rampant secularism. Does this sound familiar? I’m not describing 2017, although all these exist in today’s culture. I’m describing the 1960s, with Americans divided over the Vietnam War, Israel attacked by its Arab neighbours, a youth culture that celebrated drugs and free sex, and racial unrest, including riots after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Things were so bad, Time magazine’s April 8, 1966, cover story asked, “Is God Dead?” Yet amid this terrible time, the Lord stepped in. Fifty years ago, He launched two massive, under-the-radar revivals that I believe changed the course of the world.

In 1967, a group of Duquesne University nuns and college students received the baptism in the Holy Spirit, igniting the widespread Catholic Charismatic Renewal. The other revival, now known as the Jesus Movement, touched hundreds of thousands of hippie-type young people, whose fervour moved from radical rebellion to radical obedience to Christ. Many of today’s Christian leaders came to Christ during this period, and the movement also impacted me. During this same era, Israel won the West Bank and, in 1967, reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War. I once heard the late Derek Prince explain the parallels between God’s activity in Israel and the fresh outpouring of His Spirit on the church. These massive revivals produced a cultural shift. The country became more politically conservative, and the hippie movement disappeared.

Today, we need another genuine revival. Without it, culture will continue its downward spiral. Many Christians recognize this, but many don’t. One segment of the evangelical church, alarmed by the marginalization of Christians and increasing public immorality, focuses on electing politicians who seem to share our values. But politics won’t change things. A powerful evangelical leader recently visited my office to discuss how we must move our culture, where only a small percentage views the world through a biblical lens, toward a Christian worldview. He wanted my help in motivating apathetic Christians. Of course, I said we’d cooperate. But I also said change toward a Christian worldview won’t happen until our country experiences true revival. He looked at me with a blank stare.

My friend seems to think logic and arguments can change minds and attitudes. We must never withdraw from the marketplace of ideas, but we must also remember this: Nonbelievers develop a Christian worldview only through a powerful encounter with the risen Christ via the power of the Holy Spirit. Consider the Pentecostal movement. After the fervour of the early-20th-century charismatic outpouring, Latter Rain Revival died down, Pentecostalism moved into malaise. I remember the older generation praying constantly for revival.

Logic persuaded almost no one to embrace the gifts. But when people received the Holy Spirit in a powerful way during a prayer meeting, their theology changed. They saw the Bible with fresh eyes. God answered those prayers for revival in unexpected ways.

Beginning around 1960, the Holy Spirit poured out on more denominations like Episcopalians, Methodists and Catholics. Long-haired, sandal-wearing hippies began showing up in our services, often carrying huge Bibles and sitting cross-legged on the floor at the front of the church. At the same time, God was doing something in Israel and awakening among Spirit-filled Christians an enduring love for this nation. Jews for Jesus sprang up, and Messianic congregations developed. Some Pentecostals remained in their ruts, but most embraced all this as a move of God. Today, Pentecostalism continues to grow. Yet once again, a sense of malaise has arisen. But let’s remember: God is still God.

So I challenge my fellow believers to pray as never before. Publicly and in our prayer closets, let’s ask God to pour out a mighty revival that sweeps millions into His kingdom. It’s the only way culture will be changed-by changing the hearts of a huge segment of the population here and around the world. Our problems will not be solved until people’s hearts and lives change.

Source: Charisma Magazine

 

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The Faithful on the Frontlines

The Faithful on the Frontlines

From a convocation address by Brian Stewart, a Canadian journalist who has covered wars, famines and disasters.

“Do you think you could ever get us to a story, somewhere, anywhere where those Christians aren’t there first?” I was never able to. I rather regret the term “muscular Christianity” has gone out of use, because a lot of the Christianity I’ve seen is very hard, muscular work, where there’s lots of sweat and dirty hands.

 

Many people think that organized mainstream Christianity has become a fading force. But from what I’ve seen as a reporter over several decades, nothing is further from the truth. I’ve found there is no alliance more determined and dogged in action than church workers, when mobilized for a common good. It is these Christians who are on the frontlines of committed humanity today. When I want to find that front, I follow their trail. 

This vast front stretches from the most impoverished reaches of the developing world to the hectic struggle to preserve caring values in our own towns and cities. I have never been able to reach these frontlines without finding Christian volunteers already in the thick of it, mobilizing congregations that care and being a faithful witness to truth. So often it is Christian groups there first, that labour heroically during the crisis and continue on long after all the media, and the visiting celebrities, have gone.

“I saw the reality of Christianity’s mission before my very eyes.”

At the start of my career I had largely abandoned religion, for I too regarded the Church as a rather tiresome irrelevance. What ultimately persuaded me otherwise was the reality of Christianity’s mission, physically and in spirit, before my very eyes.

I remember covering the murderous civil war in El Salvador in the early 1980s – a war of almost casual massacres. Death squads would kill any they imagined in favour of real reform, from landless peasants to Archbishop Oscar Romero in his own cathedral. And pity the journalist they ran across. So we always made a strict rule to be back in the capital before dark; it was suicidal to be on the roads at night.

One afternoon, while interviewing a small group of landless refugees well to the north, we misjudged the time. The light began to thicken; jungle sounds seemed to grow heavy with menace. As the air grew clammy we could all sense each other’s growing nervousness. Just as we were furiously packing up, a delegation of refugee elders begged us to spend the night because, they pleaded, death squads were active in the area and perhaps our presence might just avoid the kidnapping of males, or worse, a massacre.

It was these moments when I cursed the day I’d become a foreign correspondent. We too were targets. So we debated and rationalized, as scared people do: “We needed to get back, a satellite feed was waiting, jobs were on the line, what good would it do if we too were killed and the story never got out?” Yet how could we leave?

We were still debating when an old station wagon raced into camp in a cloud of dust. Out stepped three Christian aid workers bearing a Red Cross flag. They listened to the discussion, and finally insisted, “No, the journalists must go. It’s critical they get word out that you’re at risk here. We’ll stay the night and perhaps we can protect you.”

All over that awful war there were small Christian groups trying to stave off killings. And so we left, with inexpressible relief. Later we learned the protection that night by these Samaritans worked. There were no killings. But I’ve often wondered what I’d have done if that battered station wagon had not arrived at that moment.

“You don’t harm them without coming through us first!”

I can hardly tell you how common such action is. Somewhere in El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala or Brazil volunteers from a local parish are out trying to protect the weakest from political or criminal attacks, saying, “You don’t harm them without coming through us first.” When there are human rights abuses anywhere, the Church is often the first into action – for who has better sources on the ground, after all? Church reports often help galvanize Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the United Nations into effective action.

In 1984 I, along with BBC’s Michael Buerk, first carried the story of the Great Ethiopian Famine on television. The world reacted, as we all know, and TV was given much of the credit for saving millions. But we were not the first. We went because for months church and aid groups on the ground had seen famine coming and had been beseeching the world to take notice. When we finally managed to get in, against considerable Ethiopian government resistance, it was these groups that showed us where to go, gave us rides on their relief flights into the mountains and mapped out where and how the world had to react.

Once, flying to a disaster story, our twin-engine plane had to make an emergency refueling stop at a nearly deserted landing strip in the dense jungle in central Africa. We stepped out into the middle of absolutely nowhere, only to be greeted by a cheerful Dutch Reformed minister offering tea. My veteran cameraman, Mike Sweeny, later sighed in exasperation, “Do you think you could ever get us to a story, somewhere, anywhere where those Christians aren’t there first?” I was never able to. I rather regret the term “muscular Christianity” has gone out of use, because a lot of the Christianity I’ve seen is very hard, muscular work, where there’s lots of sweat and dirty hands.

“Strange people those. They’ve got something that we don’t.”

Many of us in news crews noticed something else. After a day in the field, filming volunteers at work, we’d be sitting back over our nightly drink and one of us would say something like: “Strange people those, know what I mean? There’s just something different about them. They’ve got something that we don’t.”

I believe that a form of human happiness emerges in a flourishing life in which spirit and intellect are used to the full, for the purpose of the good of all. Yes, they seemed to be “flourishing.”

C.S. Lewis wrote of Christianity producing “a good infection.” Christian work on the frontlines infects those around them, even those who are not Christian, with a sense of Christ’s deep mystery and power. I’ve felt it. It changes the world. Still.

Joel News International, No. 835, October 25, 2012

 

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Latino Reformation – shifting the religious landscape

A LATINO REFORMATION IN USA IS SHIFTING THE RELIGIOUS LANDSCAPE

We are currently experiencing the first generation of the Latino Protestant Reformation

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As the world marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation there’s talk of another major movement, a “Latino Reformation.” 

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, and Dr. Robert Crosby, professor of practical theology at Southeastern University, argue that we are currently experiencing the first generation of the Latino Protestant Reformation in their new book “When Faith Catches Fire.” They point to Latin America and the transformative shift in the past several decades towards evangelicalism and Pentecostalism. Research from the Centre for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary shows that Pentecostal and charismatic Believers have grown in Latin America from 12.8 million in 1970 to 181.3 million in 2010. They’re expected to jump to 203 million by 2020.

At the same time, a Latino population surge is shifting the religious landscape in the U.S. It’s grown by 43 percent in the last decade and analysts predict that one in three Americans will be Hispanic by 2050. Crosby and Rodriguez also maintain that Pope Francis, the first Latino Pope, has ushered in an era of growing Latino influence. These trends, they argue, have ushered in a new era. “We have yet to see the fullness of Latino Evangelical growth in America and abroad,” they write, “but it is happening right before our eyes.” Crosby and Rodriguez are not alone in recognizing the rise of Latino Christians. Scholars like Dr. Robert E. Cooley, President-Emeritus of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, says the Christian faith community is embracing it. Truly, God is at work today and the Hispanic and Latino Church has caught fire,” he said.

Time Magazine labelled the movement “The Latino Reformation” in a 2013 cover story that interviewed Rodriguez. Writer Elizabeth Dias wrote “the Latino boom is transforming American religious practices and politics.” It’s obvious in cities like Tampa, Florida where almost a quarter of the population is Hispanic. On any given Sunday at The Crossing Church in Tampa you’ll see a mix of ages, backgrounds and races. Lead Pastor Greg Dumas is Hispanic although he doesn’t speak Spanish. Still, he’s very aware of his diverse congregation. “The Latino population has exploded around here and we’re seeing it,” he told CBN News, “two of our main worship pastors are Latino and they’re amazing and they bring the salsa flair. Our student pastor and our campus pastor are both Latino.” Rodriguez says he’s mystified that many non-Hispanic evangelicals haven’t caught on to the rise in Latino Christians in the U.S.

 “The white and African-American Churches see Latinos as simply this emerging immigrant group,” he said, “We are not emerging. We’re here and we’re in viable leadership roles.” Rodriguez oversees 40,000 churches affiliated with the National Hispanic Christian Conference and 3 years ago merged with Conela, a Latin-America-based organization that serves more than 485,000 Latin churches around the world. Rodriguez says the rise of Latino Christians in the U.S. is no coincidence. He believes they may not only bless the Church here but also help to redeem it in a culture that openly attacks Biblical views. “It’s easy when you target white evangelicals but it’s difficult when the proponents of Biblical truth are Latinos,” says Rodriguez. He sees Hispanic Christians as serving as a “firewall” against these assaults. “When you have a Latino advocating,” he says, “you’re coming against an ethnicity and a minority.”

Crosby says Latino growth in the U.S. is at a point where the Church cannot ignore it. “Churches that choose not to become multi-ethnic will lose,” he says. Denominations like the Southern Baptists, which has seen membership decline in recent years, are paying close attention. Its Hispanic churches have spiked, from 649 in 1990 to 3,429 in 2015. Hispanic evangelicals are especially active in charismatic denominations. The Pew Research Centre shows they make up 25% of those who identify with the Assemblies of God and Church of God. Barna Group research shows that 49% of Hispanics believe in charismatic gifts such as speaking in tongues and healing. Just down the road from The Crossing Church, River of Life Christian Centre is also attracting Latinos. Pastor Johnny Honaker told CBN News “the strongest presence and growth that we’ve had has come from the Latino community.”

Pastor Honaker says they not only welcome Latinos, they seek to reflect their congregation in their leadership. “We try to be intentional about representing our community in those on the platform and in those working with people,” he said. Crosby and Rodriguez say churches that welcome Latinos tend to become “salsafied.” They become passionate in their faith, and intentional in pursuing both salvation and social justice. “The vast majority of evangelical churches in the next 20 years will be both vertical and horizontal churches, will be both Billy Graham and Dr. Martin Luther King” says Rodriguez, “Latinos are doing that because we’re not either/or so we’ll be a very healthy Church committed to both righteousness and Biblical justice in the name of Jesus.” “Salsifying” the Church, says Rodriguez, is an opportunity for Kingdom collaboration what will not only enrich but could revitalize the Church.

Source: CBN News

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Son of witchcraft doctor sees 65 brothers and sisters converted

Son of witchcraft doctor sees 65 brothers and sisters become followers of Jesus

30 churches were eventually planted and today there are over 7000 disciples in the surrounding area.


By Mark Ellis

He was the firstborn son of his father’s 21 wives, the eldest among 65 brothers and sisters.

“It was my destiny to follow my father, a witch doctor,” Binora Dado told the JESUS Film Project. “I believed so many lies.”

After Binora decided to follow Jesus, he knew he would face retribution from his family. I have done an unforgivable thing to my father. He will surely kill me, he thought.

As a result, Binora lived apart from his family for 20 years. But with the passage of time, the Lord impressed on his heart the desire to return and share the Good News.

Now it’s different. I must tell them, he decided. “Witchcraft brings death. My people need life. Even if I die, I have to tell them they must know Jesus,” he recounted to the JESUS Film project.

Risking his life, Binora went back to his village to share the JESUS Film. It was not in their language, so when it was shown, Binora provided the interpretation of the Gospel story in the heart language of his people.

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Binora showed the film seven times and there was an amazing result. Binora’s father, the witch doctor, became a follower of Jesus! So did many others.

As a result of the showings, 30 churches were eventually planted and today there are over 7000 disciples in the surrounding area.

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Photos: Binora translated the JESUS Film for his people 
Baptism of Binora’s father

Still, none of Binora’s people have seen the JESUS film in their own language. “They want the film and they want training. Imagine how the church could multiply. Imagine what God could do.”

 

For more about helping Binora’s people with the JESUS Film, go here

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The Jesus Film – in over 1,000 languages
Over 490 million registered decisions for Christ

Source: God Reports

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North Korean Believers: meet underground

North Korean believers: Desperate to study the Bible, they met in a hole in the ground

By Mark Ellis

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The underground Christians in North Korea are literally conducting secret meetings under the ground.

North Korean defector, Choi Kwanghyuk, now living in Los Angeles, described the covert life he and other believers were forced to live in the oppressive country in an interview with The Christian Post (CP).

During a famine, Choi learned about Christianity when he made a desperate quest across the border to China searching for food.

In China, he met a Christian, began studying the Bible, and was born again. When he returned to North Korea, he shared his faith with nine friends, and continued making trips back and forth to China with the aid of the missionary, according to CP.

Choi began to meet with his friends to study the book of Matthew in a surprising, secretive location.

“Our meeting spot was literally underground. In North Korea, we dig holes on the ground to store Kimchee and potatoes over the winter. It’s very cold in North Korea and if we don’t bury it underground, then it will freeze up. We don’t have heating system in North Korea,” he told CP.

“We meet in this rectangular hole and use [a] lantern to study the Bible. Since we cannot sing out loud, we praise by humming the hymn.”

Following North Korea’s inception in 1948, the Kim family dynasty has attempted to wipe out Christianity, and substituted a cult of personality around themselves. As a result, many are ignorant about religion in the officially atheist country.

“I would say one out of 100 people might know about God. In this case, it is because their great grandparents were Christians during early 1900s. If you get caught associating with religion, then DPRK government will send them to political camp or prison,” he told CP.

There have been outlandish stories about Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un’s behavior, and Choi thinks the stories may be accurate.

He recalled Kim Jong Un’s introduction of a new currency system. “(He) stated that the new currency will be so valuable. If you have 500 North Korean currency, then you will be able to buy unlimited food and clothes,” he recounted.

“People believed Kim Jong Un, but the value of North Korean currency actually went down after the introduction of new currency. Many people committed suicide because of this revolution.”

Choi knew soldiers and guards who worked at the prison camps where Christians were held, and they described the believers’ refusal to abandon their faith. “Even though they are offered release by signing a contract renouncing their religion, they do not accept this offer,” he said.

How to pray: Pray for the Spirit of Christ to infiltrate the nation, bringing in his gospel and power, through cracks that God will make and doors that God will open, or through supernatural means like dreams and visions. May Christ bring justice, righteousness, healing, comfort, abundant life and salvation to the people, freedom to the prisoners, and healing to the land. (Luke 4:18,19) Pray for the underground church, which exists mainly in horrendous prison labor camps as well as in underground, secret house-churches and in exile, that these most cruelly abused believers will be preserved and strengthened in their faith and hope by the ever-present Holy Spirit. (WEA Religious Liberty Commission)

Source: God Reports

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Blogs Index 3: Miracles

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Imam hated Christians until Jesus raised him from the dead

Imam hated Christians until Jesus raised him from the dead

by Mark Ellis —

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He not only hated Christians, he directed his followers at the mosque to attack them. But after he died and was being prepared for burial, he stunned his family by returning to life with a new message of salvation.

Munaf Ali*, 45, was an influential imam as well as scholar and preacher of Islam in a Middle Eastern country.

One day a team from Bibles4Mideast approached the imam and they entered into a vigorous discussion about the authority of Jesus and the Bible. Munaf denied the divinity of Jesus Christ and the credibility of the Bible.

Pastor Paul offered him a copy of the New Testament but he refused to receive it. Visibly upset, the imam cursed the pastor and his team.

That night the imam incited a mob to attack the place where Pastor Paul and his team had been staying with shouts of “Allahu Akbar.”

But the Holy Spirit directed them to leave that location a few hours earlier, narrowly escaping the attackers before they arrived, according to Bibles4Mideast.

A few days later, following Friday prayers, Munaf was returning home when he suddenly felt dizzy, fell to the ground, lost consciousness and died.

After his physical body expired, he was aware of demons coming for his soul.

“Get lost, you cursed demons of Allah. You have no right to take my soul!” the imam asserted.

“No. It’s our right to take your life,” one of the demons replied. “And you will be with us,” as he forcefully grabbed the imam and began to depart.

But suddenly, Jesus Christ appeared before the imam with a large retinue of angels and the demons quickly fled in terror.

Then Jesus spoke to his heart: Listen, my son. First Adam disobeyed God and sinned against Him under Satan’s influence.

I am the second Adam, the Word of God and the Messiah Jesus, Son of the Most High. I was born of the virgin Mary, as a sinless Son of Man to redeem Adam and all of his descendants including you from sin and death.

 I was crucified and died as a ransom for all your sins to make you a child of God and citizen of heaven.

 I was raised from the dead and opened the gates of heaven to bring you back to eternal glory. Have faith in me and be my witness. I give your life back, for I have the authority of giving life.

When Munaf’s soul returned to his body, his sons and other family members were trying to lay his body on a table for washing and preparation for burial. Many other people were also in the room.

His family and friends were astonished and some began to shriek when Munaf opened his eyes and sat up on the washing table. Many were frightened and backed away, as if they saw a ghost.

“I was dead and demons tried to take my soul but Messiah Jesus came and gave my life back,” he began haltingly, and then proceeded to describe his experience.

Some believed his report, but others refused to believe and began to ridicule him. One said Munaf must have hit his head and lost his senses. “He speaks meaningless words,” a man said.

“He is possessed by an evil spirit,” someone charged.

Munaf became a bold witness for Jesus Christ, telling his family and anyone who visited him about his remarkable experience. His immediate family believed what he said about Jesus and accepted Him as their Savior and Lord.

As a result of his witness, he was dismissed from the mosque and told to see a psychiatrist. The community began to persecute them.

A short time later, facing serious threats, Munaf and his family left their home and their native country.

Pastor Paul asks for prayers for Munaf and his family, that God would protect them and provide for them as they minister in the region.

*name changed for security reasons

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Source: God Reports

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