Apostolic Revival - Why? Print E-mail

Apostolic Revival - Why?
by Bishop Samuel Smith

Certainly, no religious figure in our time has had a better vantage point for observing Christianity, relative to world events, than Billy Graham. He has said: “What the world needs, is an apostolic revival.” Who would disagree that denominationalism and orthodoxy has failed to present Christ to mankind in His true glory and power? Graham is wrong, as well as others, who think that apostolic revival can occur without apostolic faith, attitude, behavior, and yes…apostolic doctrine!

Revival languishes because secular Christianity ignores the glorious history of the true New Testament church, while Apostolics are so busy living in the past that they fail to realize the glorious destiny of the end-time church. One cannot succeed in this high speed, end-time race, while focusing on the rearview mirror.
There are divine combinations in the Bible; each without the other is incomplete. Old and New Testaments, Law and Grace, Father and Son, Faith and Works, Spirit and Truth; each compliments and fulfills the other, thus creating Biblical balance.

There is another divine combination; “the People and the Times!” The Church, rich in apostolic faith, attitude, behavior, and doctrine, has come to the Kingdom for an hour such as this; “ …but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32).

To reason that the traditional denominational church can compete with the “isms” and evil spirits of the prophesied “last days,” while ignoring the lessons of its’ history at the expense of Biblical revelation, is more that arrogance run amok, it is fatal! To waste the precious time that remains, and not “... work the works of Him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work” (John 9:4), is truly sinful!

Someone has got to get it all together! “Oh God, I pray, help us to learn from the past, maintain the faith, proceed in divine revelation, and preach the Gospel of Christ to every creature by means of the power and demonstration of the Holy Ghost!”

Scriptural History has prepared us... the worldwide Apostolic Church has been brought to the Kingdom for an hour such as this; now prophetic Destiny opens the door, and bids us go through. “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14).

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?

Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation” (Acts 2:37-40).

If not us… who? If not here… where? If not now…when? If not at all…we perish!

 
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