by Art Hobba, Founder and President, Core 300
Revival has not been seen in Southern California since Bily Graham’s L.A.’s Crusade of 1949. The Charismatic renewal-revival of the late ’60s and early ’70s could also be classified as a Revival–especially since it transcended any single “Star,” location, or denomination as its catalyst. Individual churches of course may grow by surges of new converts or more likely, experienced transfer-based increases in attendance for a large church close by whose leader imploded. But the cries and prayers for Revival from many Believers today come out of a sense of loss of power, influence, and respect.  And it is very much different than true Revivals led by the Spirit of God that drives his children to their needs due to the self-centered complacency and cowardice of church leaders who continued using the sheet music of Churchianity as he piped away his tune of an internal program-based “peace and safety” gospel.

“The reason many good, church-going, upstanding people label someone a religious fanatic, is their unconscious, inner recognition of their own lukewarm devotion–and just how deficient and world-bound they are. Thus, like those who crucified Jesus, stoned Steven–and a 1000 prophets before them–they need to dumb their ears and reject the messenger, because they know that  the fanatic loves God more than they do.”

Yet the people loved the song–and unless we truly are “dumb sheep”–we each bear culpability for our compliance to the world and its comforts. Will your spouse show up and defend your case at the throne of judgment? Will your pastor explain that you were taught incorrectly? It seems like, for many, this yearning for revival is not about having a broken spirit and contrite heart, but because–while we played ball with the world system–and gave way to their rules of play, we were shocked to discover we no longer owned the stadium!
Our “peace and safety” uniforms veiled our careless timidity. When we were ultimately stripped and mocked politically, fear broke through our reverie, awakened the masses of deep sleepers among us. It seems that the betrayal of our entitlement as “good” people has simply pissed us off,  and burst our bubbles of selectively reading positive verses by rudely awakening our la-te-da attitudes over personal and ecclesiastical sin.
The Cat is still in the Cradle
How hard so many of us have worked–like me for decades–for the brass rings of success–and as a Christian. The bonus is the assumption that under the lie that being “blessed” by God is shown by worldly achievements. silent stillness before God, suffering, and the ability to endure the rejection of men, forgiving them as we go. This was the chosen dirt road to godliness for all men and women of God in the Scriptures. Until that happens America will be lost
This is why a whole new breed of tribal churches are gathering these entitled, upset church-goers. The mighty God in Heaven is not impressed or moved to act by a politically aggressive, Bill of Rights empowered Christian. Individuals and churches who have responded by daring the world to prosecute them is the coward trying to get his last shot in after the buzzer has sounded. Being suddenly heroic as a martyr simply because we’ve drawn a line in the sand, is not a Kingdom characteristic.
We will not see Revival until we take to heart the book of Nehemiah in the first chapter. Nehemiah, a godly man, who had never been to Jerusalem, did not get outraged when heard that the city of God had become a haunt for jackals–with broken-down walls and gates burned away with fire. No, he took personal responsibility for its destruction! We are not in a competition against the evil world system that is treading on the US Consitution? This is nothing but bad theology fueled by self-righteousness. Is my hope built upon the Constitution? Are the entitled bill of rights the same as the rights we have as adopted children of our Father? Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom’s bill of rights in the scripture on the sermon on the mount. Our bill of rights we need to give ourselves to are in the beatitudes. Blessed are the poor in spirit; they that mourn; the meek (obedient); and those that hunger and thirst–not for earthly justice–but for righteousness before our God.
rights happen as an answer to direct prayer to God no matter how often we write or say it to one another. Why? Because in recorded history, revival has never happened–including the original one in the Upper Room on Pentecost–without a deep dive into our personal godly sorrow for sin, and public repentance and confession by church leaders–all like Nehemiah, taking responsibility for the condition of our nation today.
America’s soul has been kidnapped in plain sight–stolen by the wicked puppets of Satan’s ideologies, but only because American Believers, who like Adam who sat by, listening to the women’s dialogue with the serpent, without intervening, and then watching as she grabbed the fruit and ate it without doing anything. loved the comforts of the of “eternally secure” Gospel built on a  weak indefensible doctrine that enshrines Grace far above all of the other immutable attributes and values of God. We have myopically exalted two or three select scriptures and paid our pastors to reiterate to us over and over. Such a self-serving approach to what has become an antidote for obedience–only so we can live out a fantasy that “all is well with my son Johnny and me.” Is it all because we said the magic prayer one day long ago?
If this is true:
  • Why are we strongly warned by the Apostle Paul that we must “work out our salvation with both fear and trembling.” (Philippians 2:12).”
  • Why does he, the ultimate, premier multi-mega church super-pastor, still strive–in his latter years of ministry–of his hope to yet secure his place in Heaven?
  • Why did Jesus, in Matthew 25, ban 5 young virgin girls–who were just being forgetful teenagers–from the marriage supper, AND throw them out into the darkness of Hell?
  • Sounds like fear (ultimate respect) and trembling (traumatic shaking and dread) for sure.
  • Why did he warn the Church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:11 – Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown,” if your crown was not in danger of being stolen?
  • How is it that the follower of Jesus who takes his hand off the plow was not worthy of Him?
  • Why did the writer of Hebrews (10:26-29) lay down this dire warning to Believers:If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more of those who despise the Son of God? who treat as a cheap thing the blood of God’s covenant which purified them from sin? who insult the Spirit of grace? Just think how much worse is the punishment they will deserve!”

“Our decrease in our own eyes ushers in His increase and glory in the eyes of others

Revival is what the Holy Spirit does in response to our prayers of responsible repentance. We create the vacuum in Heaven through our honest “owning it” as Nehemiah did–even if you were never a direct part of the cause. Once our repentant, contrite spirit confession and godly sorrow reach God’s ears, the vacuum is filled by God’s spirit and Revival is the result. Our decrease in our own eyes ushers in His increase. Until millions of church leaders call themselves out and rebuke their congregations’ for the placid faith that they themselves modeled and fed to them, you will not see the revival we yearn for.
This lifestyle of comfort opposes the calling toward contentment in all things. It dismisses carrying “our daily cross” as archaic or just poetry. How HARD was that for the Disciples to swallow? But then he wound up doing it for us as an example of love and obedience. What is required is that a few of us embrace reality with an urgent quest for a broken spirit and a contrite heart of repentance. Don’t look for crowd consent. You know, the fear of the Lord as a lifestyle and attitude–and one that we are supposed to pursue with vigor. If Gideon had to fight a war against 200,000 demon worshippers with 300 good solid men, we can do this together.