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What is True Biblical Revival?

By George Sturm, Albania

“Then Hilkiah the high priest said . . . "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the LORD." . . . Now it happened, when the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, that he tore his clothes.” 2Ki 22:8-11

Revival is the talk of the town today. Many are praying for a revival, and some say revival is already happening. Some others claim to have attended a revival. But, if a true revival would manifest itself today, what should we expect?

For some, revival is simply an increase in numbers or arousal of emotions. While these could be considered good signs, true revival is a return to Bible standards, to Biblical practices, to the spirit of New Testament Christianity, and even to the Lord Himself.

Word vs. Worldliness
Unfortunately, in many circles, obedience to the Bible is viewed as legalism and about as unnecessary as obedience to the Book of Mormon or the Koran. Conformity to the world has fallen to alarming levels - divorce is as common in the Church as it is in the world, lukewarmness abounds, commitment to social media far exceeds commitment to the local church, the epidemic of scarring one’s body with tattoos, confusion over the Biblical roles for men and women, the acceptance of the woke and homosexual agendas – need I go on? Of course, there are exceptions to this dismal state of things, but I am speaking of things that cannot be denied.

True revival?
Look no further than the revival which took place under King Josiah (2 Kings 23). It began with a return to the Word and a determination “to follow the LORD and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes, with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of this covenant that were written in this book”(v3).

In other words, it began with a desire to thoroughly change their practices based on the Scriptures which had been neglected for years. What follows (vs4 - 20) was a “breaking down and taking away, putting down and slaying, cutting down and burning with fire and pulverizing into powder.”

This purging was then followed by the keeping of the Passover, in such a manner that had not been seen since “the days of the judges that judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel, nor of the kings of Judah” (v 21-22). Truly, it was a return to Bible standards, Biblical practices, and to the Lord Himself.

This is a true revival. Do not be deceived by anything less. This is the type of revival that is desperately needed today.


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