I mentioned in a previous blog how greatly blessed I was by listening to a cassette tape of Duncan Campbell speaking about revival, at a time when I was spiritually downcast and disturbed through a meeting I had been at.
There was one thing he said however, that cut across the whole refreshing experience, at least for a few moments. Without mentioning him by name, at one point in the tape he is clearly speaking about Billy Graham and large scale Crusade Evangelism. He more or less likened that type of evangelism to an attack of a cloud of poisoned gas, that it was deadly.
Whether you or I may be for or against Crusade evangelism is neither here nor there with regard to the purpose of this blog. Rather, this wee blog is about the setting up of a warning bell in our own hearts. I suppose for decades now, I have longed to see revival, in the truest sense of that word. I have prayed for that with intensity for seasons. I think I have actually stood on the foothills of the foothills of the real thing. However, I know in my own heart, because I want to see this so much, there can be in me a tendency to dismiss the worth of anything that is lesser than this, rather than blessing God for every way in which the His Spirit is working through people to bring glory to Christ.
I have been reading a book on revival, “In The Day Of Thy Power” by Arthur Wallis, a book which Duncan Campbell commends in the Foreword. I wonder what Duncan Campbell thought when he came across the following words, in the pre-publication manuscript of the book which he must have have been sent to read? They occur in Chapter 2, a chapter he specifically commends in his Foreword:
“Let those who yearn for that deeper and greater work of revival be careful not to criticise what God is pleased to bless. While God is smiling, who are we to frown? It is not a question of whether we approve of every method being used but whether we have hearts as large as Paul’s, who could say, ‘In every way…Christ is proclaimed; and therein I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice’ (Phil. 1: 18). If the apostle could do this even when motives were doubtful (1:17 – 18), how much more should we when it is merely a question of what we judge to be doubtful methods.”
These are words of wisdom and grace I need to keep in mind and be challenged and corrected by. What about you?
Yes indeed. If people are being genuinely turned towards Jesus through an approach/person I may struggle with, then I also need to remember that if God only worked through perfect people and perfect methods, nothing much would happen!!
On target …as always. Thank you Kenny
To be challenged….
Not really but probably!