Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tabulating the theological dimensions involved in the revivalist story

What say you? Is this about right?


At 7/24/2013 1:58 PM, Anonymous mark said...

the premise of 4 could also be: restoration to revived relationship with God hinges on the impact of Gods Word on us (resulting in repentance en prayer).

At 7/24/2013 6:18 PM, Blogger Terry Wright said...

Are people still expecting revival? I thought that was a 90s Christian Union thing.

At 7/26/2013 1:23 AM, Blogger James Goetz said...

Hi Chris,

Three might include repentance of dearly held traditions that are not clearly stated in the Bible and actually make God look bad and unnecessarily undesirable.

Hi Terry,

At least I still expect revival.



At 7/26/2013 3:22 AM, Blogger James Goetz said...

Also, per 3 and 4, there is a conditional relationship between prayer/repentance and revival, but perhaps saying "hinges" is too strong.

At 7/26/2013 9:21 AM, Anonymous Doug Chaplin said...

Hi Chris, an interesting flow-chart which left me wondering if you could map the same pattern for the Pharisees as well (so I had a go).

At 7/26/2013 6:11 PM, Blogger James Goetz said...

Okay, if this is criticism of revivalist thought, then I agree that there are a lot problems with revivalist thought. :-) That would explain the rigidness in the diagram.

I'll add another modification. The concept of God "stepping down" is more along the lines of a special outpouring of the omnipresent Holy Spirit.



At 8/03/2013 12:33 AM, Blogger Addl said...

a true move of God would be different and similar.

At 9/16/2013 10:43 AM, Blogger Ben Byerly said...

Probably a good characterization of of revivalist thinking--which still seems based on legalism.

A more positive outlook on certain actual "revivals"...might be that public confession creates an atmosphere of honesty, brokenness, and grace within the community (anti-legalism) and maybe that's something that God actually wants to work with. But like everything else, there's mess in that too: (esp. comments.)


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