Why No Revival!

 

By Dr. Ken Matto

 

Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?  (Psalm 85:6)

 

There seems to be a call for revival among many Christian churches.  Many of them desire to see a revival, one that is akin to the Great Awakening in 1741-2 under Jonathan Edwards.  We hear many Christians and churches continually quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14:

 

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:14)

 

This verse is normally pulled out of its context and used as a verse to seek revival.  2 Chronicles 7 speaks about the completion of the Temple under Solomon and God gives quite a number of “If’s” in that chapter.  There must be a desire by the people of Israel to amend their ways if God was going to bless the nation of Israel and heal their land.  If you notice in verse 15 it speaks about God giving heed to the prayers which would made in the new temple.

 

Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.  (2 Chronicles 7:15)

 

This simply means that if the people of Israel were going to incur the favor of God, then they would have to make serious changes in their lives.  Vs 14 carries with it the principles that if God is going to bring revival to our nation and nations of the world then Christians living in those countries must also make serious changes in their lives first.  If they do not, then revival will not come.  Revival starts with the people of God reviving their own Christian walk and then their obedience to the truth will begin to filter on to others.  We cannot pray for revival to come to others while we still live any way we want to.  I am going to give 23 ways in which Christians are prostituting their Christian walk and praying for revival to come would be hypocritical until these things are dealt with and as long as they are not, Christianity will get weaker, not revived.

 

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.  (Jeremiah 6:16)

 

God counseled Judah to seek the old paths because as they progressed in their sin, they were only getting into more trouble.  The same situation is happening in the modern church, the more they seek to modernize the further they are walking away from God.  Individual Christians make the same mistake, instead of sticking to what works, they try and modernize their beliefs and by doing so they are walking with the world and against God.

 

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.  (James 4:4)

 

The more churches and Christians emulate the world, thinking if we do evangelism and worship in a modern day setting, the worse Christianity will get and the weaker individual Christians will get.  By modernizing their lives and techniques, the Christian and the church is becoming the enemy of God and therefore will lose all blessing.

 

Counterfeit Bible Versions

One of the most serious situations in Christianity is the adoption and defense of the counterfeit Bible versions.  These modern Bible versions are made from inferior sources and they contradict each other.  Here is just one example:

 

Matthew 18:22

(ESV) Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.

(NIV) Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

(NASV) Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.

 

The Lord tells Peter how many times he is to forgive someone.  The NASV states it should be seventy times seven but the NIV and ESV state seventy seven times.  So which is it, seventy times seven or seventy seven?  What does the oldest and best manuscripts say?  They attack many of the cardinal doctrines of the faith such as the virgin birth of Christ, his blood, belief on him for salvation, etc.  How can God begin to bless any church when these prostitute versions permeate almost every church and individual Christian?

 

Israel takes place of Christ

The modern nation of Israel has become the golden calf of the Christian church.  The majority of Christians believe this nation is somehow an ally to Christianity.  They hate Christianity as much today as they did in the time of Christ.  Pastors continue to tell their people to look to Israel as the prophetic events of the last days will be focused on them.  Israel is one of the largest supporters of Sodomy with its large gay pride parades, they have state sponsored abortions, sale of baby parts, war mongering, women imported to Israel for prostitution by criminal groups, etc.  Doesn’t sound like God’s chosen people to me.  Many dispensational preachers promote the lie that if the United States is going to be blessed then we need to continue to support Israel.  What a croc!  Have you noticed that ever since 1948 when the USA became the concubine of Israel we have never won a war, our cities have crumbled, our education system has failed, our cities have been destroyed, homeless people by the hundreds of thousands, complete unrest among the citizens, the desire for socialism which would be the death knell to this one great country, the church has become a totally deteriorated entity and Christianity has become the laughingstock of the world when once it was the very core of our nation’s greatness.  The bottom line is the blessing of God is off America as long as we continue to place Israel in a position where she is worshipped in the hearts and mind of the Christians.  I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.  (Isaiah 42:8)  As long as modern Christianity follows the path of idolatry, she will go further into rank apostasy.  It is time to put the Lord Jesus Christ back where he belongs which is on the throne of the church and to take that ungodly nation of Israel off of it.

 

No Prayer

There was a time when Christians would go to their church on a Wednesday evening for prayer and Bible study.  The majority of churches are now dark on Wednesday night and on Sunday night.  How many have a daily prayer time at home?  We are too busy concerning ourselves with America’s got talent or the Kardashians.

 

No Evangelism

When was the last time your church sponsored a time of outreach?  Even if your church does not have an outreach why aren’t you going out to the streets?  With all the churches there are in the large cities, if they all had outreach programs, the cities would be reached with the gospel.  Not everyone will become saved but that is not your concern because God is the one who does the saving, your responsibility is to get the word out to the world.  We have hours each day to stare at our phones, yet we do not have the time to do gospel outreach.  It is a sad indictment against modern Christianity.  We don’t have time to evangelize the lost so what would you do differently if revival came to your church?

 

Rapture Watching

One of the poisons that Satan has introduced to the church through trance channeling is the belief in a pre-tribulational rapture.  Christians are sitting around in their churches reading prophecy books and waiting for the trumpet to sound so they can all go to heaven and get their rewards for doing next to nothing.  The dispensational rapture belief just creates more unspiritual couch potatoes.   Instead of getting involved in bringing the truth to this “believe any lie” world we live in, they feel there is no need because now that Israel is back in the land, the rapture is coming soon.  The Bible is very clear that the rapture is on the last day and that the tribulation period is a synonym for the entire time between the first and second coming of Christ.  Did not Christians face persecution from the Roman empire?  Did not Christians face persecution from the Roman Catholic church in the middle ages?  Are not Christians being persecuted today in Muslim countries plus being murdered?  Since when is tribulation reduced to a seven year period?  Christians have been facing tribulation for two thousand years already.  If you study the Book of Revelation the way it should be studied, scripture interpreting scripture, instead of believing the evil lies of these prophecy books you will see it is about the persecution of the church from the first coming of Christ to the last day.

 

Churches have become Compromised

The modern church has compromised its message and no longer is the backbone or conscience of this nation.  It has accepted any and every teaching which has come out of the publishers and by very questionable characters.  Rick Warren who invented Chrislam which is an attempted combination of Christianity and Islam has sold this lie to many churches.  His book “The Purpose Driven Life” has sold 20 million copies.  The Bible gives the purpose of life for the church and the individual Christian.  We do not need another compromised book to take us off the straight and narrow.  As a result of his book most pastors dress like slobs and instead of being an example to the flock, they fail miserably.  Teachings are compromised and occult practices are brought into the church like walking the Labyrinth, Prayer Circles, Soaking, teachings from Roman Catholic Mystics like Thomas Merton or Teresa of Avila, experience preferred over Bible study, contemplative prayer, etc.

 

Church and Christian music is not biblical music

There was a time when someone would come into a church and could hear the congregation singing one of the old hymns like Rock of Ages or Amazing Grace.  Today the music ministries of the church has been reduced to night club status where a person walks into their church and will hear a full band, just like the ones playing in a night club both loud and overbearing.  The charismatic movement has taken over the music ministries of many churches with their 7-11 songs.  That is, 7 words sung 11 times.  Sort of like a Hindu mantra.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.  (Matthew 6:7)  Matthew 6:7 states that we should not pray in vain repetitions and that principle can be easily carried over into the music ministry where a few words are incessantly sung in a fashion of vain repetition.  Modern Christian music lacks all substance and are just moneymakers for the authors.  If you do a comparison between the old hymns which are dripping with Bible truths and the songs being written today, you will see that the modern songs have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

 

Churches and Christians endorsing Sodomy and other sins

If you look at most gay pride parades you will see some churches who are marching in favor of the sodomite lifestyle.  They even have big banners with their church name on it and even if the church is a false one, the unbelieving world connects it with Christianity and Christ.  This is because the churches have become so weak and are normally run by unbelievers so they will endorse any sin as along as it makes them look like good guys in the community.  Another sin that almost every church is guilty of is endorsing adultery among the congregation.  It is done in a way that looks palatable to the congregation.  The Bible states in no uncertain terms that marriage after divorce is adultery.  Read the following verses:  Matthew 5:31:32; Matthew 19:9; Mark 10:11-12; Luke 16:18, Then read Galatians 5:19 and look at the first word in the list of fleshly works.  In reality, when you marry a divorced person, you are sleeping with someone else’s husband or wife.

 

God is my buddy

One of the things which is believed among Christians that God is their buddy.  We treat God as though he is just a friend we hang out with on the street corner.  What we forget is that God is a thrice holy God and is separate from the human race because of sin.  He is treated in a vain fashion and part of the reason that he is treated that way is the modern versions which all read like novels.  Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity: wherefore lookest thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he?  (Habakkuk 1:13)  Habakkuk reminds us that God is holy and cannot even look upon any iniquity.  Have you ever heard any jokes with the name of God or the name of the Lord Jesus Christ being bantered about in Christians circles?  Christians of all people on this earth should realize the holiness of God and he is not one to treat as common or vain.  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.  (Exodus 20:7)  The third commandment is not only for those who use the name of the Lord as a swear word but it is also using his name in a common manner like a joke or a scenario which is unbiblical.

 

Pastors doing thinking for their congregations

One of the sorriest scenarios in the local church is the situation where the pastor does all the thinking for the congregation.  Many times a Christians will come into a church and will be escorted out if they disagree with the pastor.  I am not speaking about bringing in a false teaching or cult material, I am speaking about disagreeing with the pastor on a theological issue if he is in error.  The problem is that in many churches the pastor is seen as the fourth person of the trinity and no one dare challenge him, after all he has a degree.  At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.  (Matthew 11:25)  Jesus thanked the heavenly Father that he did not reveal truth to the wise and prudent but unto babes, that is, the babes are the ones who do not have a seminary degree and the wise and prudent are the ones who have degrees and take on an air of arrogance while faking humility.  I remember once being kicked out of a Baptist Church and three elders surrounded me with their grievances and not one of them had a Bible.  You see if you step on the toes of the ruling elite in a church, you will be asked to leave.

 

Sodomite Pastors

In the time we live in many congregations are now hiring sodomites as pastors so they won’t get their 501c3 tax exempt status removed by the IRS.  What can an ungodly sodomite, void of the Holy Spirit, teach a true born again Christian from the Bible?  Once they get past “Jonathan loved David” what else is there for them to teach.  There is a warning in Psalm 50 about this situation.  {16} But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?  {17} Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.  (Psalm 50:16-17)  Psalm 50:16-17 is very clear that those who are playing church are wicked.  They declare the statutes of God yet they hate what the Bible teaches.  Imagine people sitting in church where the male pastor has sex with another male or the female pastor has sex with another female.  Would God be the one to place a person like that in the pulpit to teach the “HOLY Bible?”  If there are any true Christians in those congregations and they do not get out, then they are taking their biblical lessons from Satan.

 

Women Pastors

Another tenet of the charismatic movement which has spilled out on to non-charismatic churches is the ordaining of women to the pulpit when the Bible strictly forbids it.  But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.  (1 Timothy 2:12)  This verse strictly forbids women to teach men.  The word in the Greek for “man” in this verse is the word “anḗr” which is pronounced “an-ayr.”  It is the word for “male” which means it is stating specifically that a woman does not teach a man.  Men who sit in congregations where women are pastors are spiritually emasculated like when you watch Joyce Meyer on TV you see hundreds of men in the audience all because their wives rule over them.  These are feminized men who are useless for the kingdom of God.  Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.  (1 Corinthians 16:13)  Basically “quit you like men” means to “act manly” and that cannot happen as long as a man places himself under the ministry of a woman or allows his wife to rule.  But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.  (1 Corinthians 11:3) 

 

Pastors who dress like slobs on Sunday Morning

One of the worst trends of the modern church is that the pastor shows up on Sunday morning dressed like a slob.  They dress like they are ready to go to a football game.  These pastors who dress like this have no concept of the reality of their calling (if they were truly called at all) that they are delivering the message from the eternal word of God and not a keynote address at the local Elks club.  Pastors claim they want to reach the youth in the church so instead of setting an example and dressing appropriately, they dress like a sloppy teenager.  It sounds more like the youth has reached the pastor.  When pastors marry someone or perform funerals they dress appropriately but it seems they couldn’t care less about their wardrobe on Sunday morning.  If they cannot take dressing themselves seriously, then it follows that they are not taking their position seriously.

 

No more reverence in churches they are like a sports event

Many times you will go into a church and the first thing that hits you is that it looks like a rock concert.  The pulpit has been removed and all you see is a full band with drums and guitars.  When they start playing you think you are in a nightclub because the music is not biblical, instead it mimics the music of the world.  Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD. (Leviticus 19:30)  One of the commands that God gave Israel was they were to reverence his sanctuary.  When I was growing up and we arrived at church before the service began, it was in a very quiet setting and you were able to quiet yourself down and relax before the service began.  Now when you enter one of these modern churches, you have no time to sit quiet before the LORD or even to pray because the atmosphere is like a football game.  People are walking around, talking, laughing, fooling around, etc., and they are showing no reverence for the sanctuary of God.  Many of today’s churches are nothing more than stadiums with roofs.

 

Churches sponsoring Bingo

Something else which must grieve the heart of the Lord is the sponsoring of Bingo by the church to raise funds.  Bingo is nothing more than setting a church apart as a casino for a while because bingo is gambling.  Bingo is not just being sponsored by the Roman Catholic churches but Protestant churches are now offering the casino atmosphere.  I know this for a fact because the church I grew up in has a big sign “$1,000 Bingo” on the side of the auditorium.  This is the world driving the church when it should be the other way around.

 

Prosperity Gospel Permeates Christianity

All one has to do is turn on the TV and you will see a mass of false preachers demanding that you send them money so God can bless you.  They demand $1,000 seed money and then you will become wealthy beyond imagination.  The reality is if you send them the $1,000, the only thing you will notice is that you have $1,000 less in your bank account.  When will Christians wake up and realize that the false teachers of this system are riding around in Jaguars and flying in private jets and those who sit in the audience and watch them at home are riding around in a 10 year old car and wondering how they will pay their bills at the end of the month.  I challenge one of these false teachers to show me in scripture where the apostles had extreme wealth.  Instead they had extreme poverty when it came to the things of the world.  Oh you say, what about Solomon?  He had tremendous wealth, more than anyone before him.  Okay, show me where Solomon made a 1,000 shekel seed donation to the temple.  The fact was that God gave him great wealth because Solomon did not ask for it.  He asked for wisdom to rule his people and God included wealth because his heart was right with God at that time.  The modern prosperity movement sees God as only a giver of wealth.  Do you ever hear any of these false preachers talk about eternal things and show any concern for the souls of their listeners?  The only concern they have is for the wallets of their listeners.  The prosperity gospel is a false gospel and nowhere found in the Scriptures.

 

Homes are run by Children not Parents

One of the strangest reversals we see in our society is the fact that children now run the homes and the parents are subject to them and are considered only the bill payers.  Children with attitude toward their parents can be any age from 5 years old who throw tantrums to the 20 year olds who threaten their parents.  In the Old Testament if a child was disrespectful and rebellious toward their parents they would pay the price for that attitude.  {20} And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.  {21} And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.  (Deuteronomy 21:20-21)  That was done so the other children who heard about it would change their ways or maybe they would suffer the same penalty.  One of the problems is that the men of our generation have become feminized and their wives rule them.  If fathers do not reclaim their position as head of the house, then things will only get worse.  One of the problems is that fathers are more concerned with sports than they are their family.  They let their wives handle the decisions and eventually take over the house and the man becomes like a little church mouse.  Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.  (1 Corinthians 16:13)  The Bible tells the men to act manly and be men, not a bunch of feminized wimps.

 

No Biblical Discernment

Another characteristic of our day is that many Christians lack biblical discernment.  They are unable to understand simple biblical truths.  One of the reasons is that they have modern versions of the Bible which all of them say something different.  There is no continuity in their teachings and as a result Christians become very confused and lack understanding.  If the Holy Spirit did not inspire the writings behind the modern versions, he cannot bless it and give understanding.  Many Christians walk around in a fog hoping someone else will give them understanding but that makes them subject to someone else’s bias.  When the churches and individual Christians were using one Bible, namely the Authorized Version, the churches and the Christians were much smarter and could discern situations according to the Scriptures.  With so many counterfeit bibles out there, Christians don’t even know what the word of God is.

 

No Personal Bible Study

One of the main reasons that Christians are so biblically illiterate is because they dedicate no time for personal Bible study. They believe that by going to church they are getting enough spiritual food but this once a week idea is causing Christians to starve.  We live life on 7 days and not 1.  This means that a Christian who runs into problems on Monday will have to wait till next Sunday to get help.  Many fine reference books are available to the believer so they do not have to go Bible college and can learn the Bible at home at night.  It does not take long to begin to understand the main teachings of the Bible.  Christians should always be students of the Bible because it is a lifetime learning process.  I have been studying the Bible for 39 years and there is still so much I do not know.  Christians must know their Bibles as well as a Muslim knows his Koran.  How can one have a personal revival in their life if they are not doing personal Bible study?

 

Media Ministries doing thinking for Christians

One of the reasons that many Christians do not want to do any personal Bible study is because they turn on the radio or TV and listen to what the media preachers have to say and then adapt their teachings if they sound palatable.  The problem with the media ministries and that includes non-charismatic as well as charismatic is that they are all compromised.  Most of them are free will, those who are not push counterfeit Bible versions, many of them are story tellers getting you to think that they are such nice guys, the psycho-babble ministries put all these recordings of whiny women on their programs so they could prey on the sympathies of their hearers, they love to keep it humorous, they rarely ever speak about eternal damnation, they are personal wealth builders, etc.  They do all these marketing techniques to keep your donations coming in.  if you try to build a solid biblical life on media ministries, you will fail and no doubt become depressed.  There is nothing so joyful as when you are personally studying the Bible and the Holy Spirit opens a passage of Scripture to you and it becomes as clear as day. 

 

Prophecy Books have ruined the Christian’s understanding of the Bible

Some of the biggest lies packed between covers are found in prophecy books.  They make predictions which never come to pass.  I have heard so many rapture predictions since I became saved in 1980 and guess what, we are still here.  It is a big problem when a Christian reads a prophecy book and then interprets the Bible according to the prophecy book instead of the other way around.  All these Hollywood style prophecy books are based on one belief system and that is dispensationalism which has only been around since 1830 when it was trance channeled in the Glasgow prophecy conferences.  If you look at commentaries written before 1830, you will not find anything based upon this false belief.  If you read John Gill (1690-1771), Matthew Poole (1685), John Lightfoot (1658), Adam Clarke (1826) or any other before 1830, you will see dispensationalism does not exist.  Instead of believers walking in encouragement in the Lord, they walk in fear because of all the false events written in these prophecy books.  In the 1980s the prophecy pundits had President Reagan believing that nuclear war with Russia would hasten the return of the Lord.  Today you have professional liars like Jonathan Cahn and John Hagee who write that certain events will trigger the end time events and guess what?  Not one of the predictions in any of their books have come to pass.  It is time to get rid of those prophecy books and study the Bible for prophetic understanding and sanity.  Once you do, you will see that nothing written in these prophecy books are according to the Bible but only according to man’s imagination.

 

Alcohol drinking among Christians

There is a great meme on Facebook and it reads “Tell a Christian they do not have an infallible Bible and they will surrender.  Tell a Christian they should not drink alcohol and they will fight you tooth and nail.”  Many Christians like to tout the phrase “show me where it says “Thou shalt not Drink?” Well here is one verse which deals with that very thing.  Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright.  (Proverbs 23:31)  Proverbs 23:31 states that you should not even look upon the wine or any other alcoholic beverage.  Looking comes before drinking so there is the verse telling us to avoid alcoholic drinks by not even looking at it.  Tell me, can you hold a Bible in one hand and a Budweiser in the other and then tell the world that you are different from them and that Christ has changed you?  It would be the height of hypocrisy to think so.

 

Giving to ministry is questioned but giving to the lottery, cigarette or alcohol companies is not

One of the hardest things Christians do is to support solid ministries which send forth the gospel in obedience to the Great Commission.  Whenever a request for funds comes to them, they want to know right away if their money will be used to further the gospel and in a way that is a good thing to ask.  However, how many Christians question what the lottery commission does with the money they give to the lottery?  How many question the cigarette companies what they do with the money after a carton of cigarettes are purchased?  How many question the alcohol companies what they do with the money after a keg of beer is purchased for a Super Bowl party?  It seems our reservations and questions are always reserved for the ministry but never for the worldly things.  It is our responsibility to fund ministry not the evil things of the world.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.  (Romans 13:14)  We are not to make provision for the flesh which is what alcohol and cigarettes do.  Putting on the Lord Jesus Christ is what we do at the moment we become saved.  How do you think we enhance that image with a cigarette and an alcoholic drink?

 

Summary

I have given 23 ways Christians are prostituting their Christian walk and the forsaking of these need to be done before any revival can take place.  What are some synonyms for “revival?”  They are “renewal, restoration, rebirth, recovery.”  Many Christians today are praying for revival but refuse to give up their corrupting ways of life.  True revival starts with personal revival and then it spreads to others.  How many are going to give up their booze, modern Bible versions, prophecy books, prosperity seeking, worship of Israel, rapture watching and general laziness?  Very few if any.  Spiritual revival equals forsaking of seeking worldly pleasures. Once that happens, then things will get going but until that day, it will be business as usual.  Once Christians start getting out to the streets with loads of tracts and start invading Satan’s territory, then things will happen.  Revival is not jumping up and down in church and speaking in gibberish called tongues.  True revival means sacrifice till the job is done or handed down to others to finish it.  Revival will never happen until Christians get serious about their lives and commitment.

 

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