As I read this, we hope you will too :), the thing noted is that revivals usually took place via open air public preaching. With all the restrictions in place, especially on Christians, today I wonder how a modern revival would look?
Religious revivals have a long history of preaching out of doors.
The great London preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon wrote: “It would be very easy to prove that revivals of religion have usually been accompanied, if not caused, by a considerable amount of preaching out of doors, or in unusual places.”[…]
I often hear in evangelical circles that we need to pray for revival, I agree, yet if I was a betting man, I would wager greatly that there would be DISAGREEMENT on the nature or means of achieving that revival.
I would suggest it should be done Biblically, like Whitefield (and others of the period) as this quote reminds us:
“It is wonderful to see what a spell he casts over an audience by proclaiming the simplest truths of the Bible …
Sarah Edwards, the wife of Jonathan Edwards
George Whitefield had attended Oxford with John and Charles Wesley, who began the Methodist revival movement within the Anglican Church. In 1733, when he finally understood and believed the Gospel, George Whitefield exclaimed: “Joy-joy unspeakable-joy that’s full of, big with glory!” […]
For those who may not read these our posts regularly, I will repeat our contention that America is not a Christian Nation nor was it founded as such. HOWEVER, there can be no doubt it was founded upon Judeo-Christian principles.
Likewise Christians are commanded to be obedient to civil government (see our 11 part series beginning here:Sunday’s Sermon Series – Civil Government: Part I) as long as that government uses it’s limited authority in a way that does not break God’s law. Whenever that happens we have a problem.
Chief Justice James Kent explained in People v. Ruggles, 1811, what made OATHS effective:”
In Taylor’s case … the court … said, that Christianity was parcel of the law, and to cast contumelious reproaches upon it, tended to weaken the foundation of moral obligation, and the efficacy (effectiveness) of OATHS.”
The has been a lot of talk recently about how “bad” our country is, how bad our form of government (democratic republic) is and so on. Here is the history of one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and his take on the matter.
He was one of six founding fathers to sign both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
President Washington appointed him to be a Justice on the Supreme Court.
George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel 1984:“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered…
Nothing exists except an endless present in which The Party is always right.”
On June 20, 1632, King Charles I of England granted a charter for the Colony of Maryland, named for his CATHOLIC wife, Queen Henrietta Maria, whose mother was the Queen of France, Marie de’ Medici, of the powerful Medici Italian banking dynasty…