January 16, 2009

Are We Beginning to See a Revival?

Just Because Calvinism and Humble Orthodoxy are "in" with a lot of young Christians today, doesn't necessarily mean it will last.

What do I mean by saying that? With all the excitement about being a Sovereign Grace fan or a Desiring God addict, you would think that God's new generation of fired up Christians are really a great thing. It certainly is wonderful to see people become fired up for truth. However, does that mean all are Spirit filled? I think of what I have learned about other movements in the past, and I must say, the world gets 'em in the end.

What about this one? Well, I'm still not sure if many of the followers are even out of the world yet. Nevertheless, they are certainly into theology. That is a good thing, but if good theology does not make our Biblical convictions last regarding true saving faith in Christ, the glory of God in evangelism and missions, and genuine assurance, then it will have accomplished very little, if not worse.

I hope to be one who resists going with the flow, but rather stands on the Word of God and the hope of Christ Jesus at all times. This should lead me to practice humble orthodoxy in a lasting way when it is the Spirit of God at work in my heart. I love the leaders of this movement and their messages. Men such as John Piper, John MacArthur, Paul Washer, as well as others are worthy of honor, but if their words are what I hang on, then what will there be after they are gone? Don't get me wrong, I love what is happening, and am very, very thankful for my answered prayers for a sort of 'Bible revival'. I also am concerned that the true children of God must mature to the point where we can stand on the Words of Scripture so steadfastly, even when, perhaps those within such a great movement might fail to do so. Are we able? Are we trusting in the Builder of the house, rather than in the house? By God's grace we will do so and more.

Grace to all and God bless.

[I just heard a well-known preacher give a very similar message, and so, since I had written this in my notes months ago I was reminded of it again. Perhaps it will help to "stir you up by putting you in remembrance" (2 Peter 1:13 KJV).]


Sam said...

Much study of doctrine will make you a theologian. Much pursuing of Christ will leave you rewarded. Though you will be broken, and humbled, you will find Him! God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. And how does He reward them? Not with mere trinkets of this fallen age but by giving Himself – the greatest reward of all.

He has given us one of infinite worth – Jesus Christ. The pearl of great price! If anyone returns back to the world, it is because they have never found that pearl. Oh, what a loss! To trade such a great treasure for dung, a birthright for a bowl of soup! Truth is: when you lay truly lay hold of Christ, by faith, He takes your breath away! The world starts to dim, your desire for it fades and from joy over you trade everything you have, even your life, to follow Him.

Penn Tomassetti said...

"Though you will be broken, and humbled, you will find Him!"

Amen! This has been my own personal experience, and by God's grace it continues. Thank you so much for your humbling and encouraging words. Looking unto Jesus... Heb. 12:2.

Ashley said...

Wow, what a great post. I just got a book called "Young, Restless, and Reformed". Pretty much along the lines of what you were talking about. I'm excited about the interest of Calvinism and humble orthodoxy. I'm also a Piperite but I hope that people don't begin to identify themselves as anything but Christian. Whenever Jesus begins to get popular, we should definitely keep our eyes peeled.

Good job with the peeling.

Penn Tomassetti said...

Thanks Ashley,
"Piperite" lol :D

I think I'm one of those too. I have learned so much from the men of this reformed movement, I really believe we need it. I just hope folks will not cling to hype, but instead to Scripture as it is. I'm praying for God to be merciful to America. God bless you Ashley.