A defender of truth should also be a defender of love and grace. This lack was the pitfall of the Pharisees.
A word to future conference organizers:
1] If you truly want to see revival don’t charge for the event or sale products. 2] Don’t have popular speakers and worship leaders simply to draw a crowd. God isn’t concerned with numbers; His Spirit falls on a broken and contrite heart. 3] Don’t have a tight schedule to follow. Waiting on God is the missing element these days. We don’t need to leave for lunch or collect an offering. 4] Speakers, please don’t say, “Thus saith the Lord” unless He has truly spoken. 5] We don’t need to always fire up the crowd with motivational sermons. For the love of God, preach repentance if you want to see revival. We need people filled with the fire of God because they’ve been saturated by His presence: “Preaching, in one sense, merely discharges the firearm that God has loaded in the silent place” (Calvin Miller).
A few years ago I prayed, “Lord, bring revival to the churches”—I was not ready for the response that followed. I felt impressed with these words: “You don’t want revival—it will ruin your schedule, your dignity, your image, and your reputation as a person who is ‘well balanced.’ Men will weep throughout the congregation. Women will wail because of the travail of their own souls. Young adults will cry like children at the magnitude of their sin. With the strength of My presence, the worship team will cease playing. Time will seem to stand still. You won’t be able to preach because of the emotions flooding your own soul. You’ll struggle to find words, but only find tears. Even the most dignified and reserved among you will be broken and humbled as little children. The proud and self righteous will not be able to stand in My presence. The doubter and unbeliever will either run for fear or fall on their knees and worship Me—there can be no middle ground. The church will never be the same again.”
Do you truly want revival?