A TRUMPET-CALL TO REVIVAL
BY THE CHRISTIAN FUNDAMENTALS ASSOCIATION
Annual Convention of the World’s Christian Fundamentals Association, assembled
First of all, we desire to re-affirm in most unequivocal language our abiding and unshaken faith in great periodical revivals as God’s usual method of calling a sinning and sorrowing world to righteousness and peace.
In both the Old and New Testaments we find again and again the
record of mighty spiritual awakenings which came down from above. In
times of idolatry, distress, confusion, war, and wickedness, the voice of
Prophet in the Old Testament, and Apostle in the New, was always present to
summon the people back to the God of their fathers. In subsequent history we know that periodical
revivals have been God’s plan through the generations. In the Sixteenth Century there was a great
spiritual awakening led by the Reformers.
In the Seventeenth Century there was another awakening, known as the
Puritan movement. In the Eighteenth
Century, in the days of darkness and Deism, there was another great spiritual
awakening, led by the Wesleys. In the Nineteenth Century there was a mighty
turning to God in the
In each and every one of these revivals the times were characterized by political chaos, corruption in priestcraft, lawlessness on every hand, broken-down home life, worldliness in the church, grossest immorality in society, and the darkness of skepticism.*
[* An accurate description of what we see all around us today! - Ed]
In the second place, in this day of multiplied voices,* each proclaiming a new gospel which is not the true Gospel, we feel the necessity of restating and declaring the character of revival that is needed. It is a revival that comes from above rather than from below; a revival that comes in the name and authority of Him Who “cometh from above and Who is above all”; a revival that holds forth the Word of light to shine in the midst of a “crooked and perverse generation” and, as David prayed, “according to Thy Word,” the whole Bible as supernaturally inspired, the final and complete revelation of God’s will to man concerning man’s redemption; a revival that again, in New Testament fashion, relies absolutely on the Holy Spirit to “convict men of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” to quicken the souls that are dead in trespasses and sins, and to make men new creatures in Christ Jesus; a revival that uses heaven-anointed men rather than human-appointed machines; a revival that proclaims Jesus the Christ as “the only name given under heaven whereby we must be saved”; a revival that sets forth His atonement on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the grave for our justification; a revival that calls men to repentance for their sins and confession of Christ, the Lord, as their Saviour; and a revival that will quicken the conscience and cause and compel men to “bring forth fruits meet for repentance.”
[* When in
“The enormous confusion amongst so-called Christian churches is still growing. A person not believing but not wanting to approach Jesus Christ will encounter a complete mess. Apart from Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons and other groups there are numerous evangelical churches – the Pentecostals, the Baptists, the Brethren, the Presbyterians, the Catholics – an enormous mess indeed. … (1 Cor. 1: 12, 13).
Each church has its own interpretation of the Bible. In some cases there are deviating ways of thinking even amongst the churches of the same denomination. So pluralism has found its way into Christianity, and it seems as if there wasn’t an ultimate and correct understanding of the Holy Scriptures at all, and all depended on the way a person looked upon it. There is a terrible lack not only of knowledge but also of order.
Paul described the true unity amongst Christians as follows … (1 Cor. 1: 10).
God gave us the key to the understanding of His Word by the precious bequest of the Holy Scriptures – the Holy Spirit. He alone makes it possible for his children to have the same understanding of the word.
So how come that these different interpretations exist? The Bible and the Holy Spirit are not considered having the absolute priority concerning the understanding of the Scriptures; men do not allow the Word to uncompromisingly rebuke them. That is why the Word is interpreted individually by people.
Due to this fact there are so many kinds of interpretations and finally churches and congregations. Man is not willing to subordinate his lusts, sins and habits to the Word of God, which would mean to give them up. He doesn’t want to radically deny and change his old ways of living and thinking and soothes his conscience by interpreting the Word in a way suiting his personal demands and then chooses a church accordingly. …
In former times Satan vehemently tried to fight the Christians by severe persecution. … Today he deceives them by means of enticing offers of the world. Disguised as [an] angel of light he has entered the churches and makes them come closer to the world. For instance, today a majority of the Christians calmly watch TV – although the [many] TV programmes are the greatest sources of tempting; they adapt themselves to the world by following the dictate of fashion, … (1 John 2: 15, 16).
By approaching the world a Christian gradually loses his power, the joy of the early days of belief and the victory over temptations. False prophets in sheep’s clothing then manage to deceive Christians by making them believe that the reason for this weakness was that they had not yet experienced the so-called ‘spiritual baptism’. Instead of living separated from the world to get back the blessing of the Lord, many seek this experience not knowing that they fall into a trap. In this way Satan has deceived the entire evangelical scene. He sits in the centre of the church. … [See Rev. 2: 13]. When the enemy comes in, Jesus is not there anymore. …
God wants us to flee from all opportunities to sin. For it is written: ‘Be ye holy; for I am holy,” (1 Pet. 1: 16).
The only possible return to the fullness of the Spirit and the first love is repentance, refraining from sin and separation from the world. Without renunciation no authority, without cross no power, without holiness no joy. There are but a few people having crucified their flesh with the affections and lusts and thus separated from the habits of the flesh and the world. ‘And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts,’ (Gal. 5: 24).
Let’s go, … Sanctify yourself. This is the only way to get the first love from God, the victory over all temptations, and immense joy. …
We are neither Catholic, nor Evangelical, nor Jehovah’s Witnesses, nor Mormans, nor any other denomination. … We just call ourselves Christians.”]
Third, It is our conviction that the revival that is needed is one that will magnify the local church as Christ’s one institution, which is the pillar and ground of the truth, and that gives the called and anointed ministry of God its rightful place and leadership as ambassadors of Christ, who stand between the living and the dead.
Fourth, The necessity for a revival
is self-evident. Men of all classes,
creeds, sects, and races fully realize there must come a great spiritual
awakening or civilization is utterly broken down. As stated by an editor of one of the leading
Fifth, There are many happy results of a heaven-sent revival. First of all, the lost are saved. This was the one mission of Christ the Lord to the earth, Who said, “For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” We believe and declare most emphatically that if men are made over inside they will change their environment on the outside; that if men are born from above, regenerated within by the Holy Spirit, the old things of dishonesty, impurity and wickedness are passed away and all things are made new.
Sixth, A revival is needed also to quicken and strengthen the faith of the ministry. We believe that God has ordained that the world shall be saved by “the foolishness of preaching,” that it is his plan to call, separate, anoint, and send forth ministers to a lost world.
Seventh, Who is there among us whose heart does not break and bleed over the flood-tide of worldliness that is sweeping through our churches? Iniquity abounds, and only the blindest can deny that we are in perilous times when men are “lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce-breakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
Eighth, A revival is the only hope of saving the youth of the land to faith in a personal God and in His Holy Word. It is with the deepest sorrow that we are compelled to admit that too often we find scepticism dethroning sincere and personal faith in the things of Christ, heaven, and immortality. On every hand parents have been made to weep bitter tears over the fearful departure from the true faith by their sons and daughters who have been swept into the maelstrom of modern infidelity.
Ninth, All loyal citizens, as well as all true Christians, regardless of racial, political, or religious differences, are alarmed at the rapid increase of divorce. A noted authority on sociology in one of our leading American universities said recently, “At the present rate of increase of divorce the next generation will witness the disappearance almost entirely of the sanctity of marriage.” Of all institutions none is more sacred than the home, and it is the first of all institutions, for He has declared in His Holy Word, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they twain shall be one flesh.”
Tenth, That we are in a time of lawlessness and increase in crime none can deny. Confidence in authority and law has been undermined. The public conscience needs to be quickened. Men in high as well as low estate are guilty of the most shocking acts of dishonesty, graft, and crime. The whole nation, regardless of political parties, has been compelled to bow its head in shame and humiliation over these startling revelations. The only effective cure for dishonesty, for graft, for crime, for lawlessness, is not any particular theory of government, not any particular school of thought or philosophy, but history shows the only effective cure has come from above by the operation of the Holy Spirit on the consciences of men. In times of great spiritual awakening God, in fulfilment of His purpose and according to the multitude of His tender mercies, sends “the times of refreshment from the presence of the Lord.”
Eleventh, On the question of preventing war, parliaments,
congresses, cabinets, chancelleries the world around are still meeting,
debating, and burdened statesmen of all schools and classes are searching by
what manner of means they may avert another and more terrible war than that
just past. If
Twelfth, There is nothing new that we can add to the Scriptural requirements for a revival. In the old days the Word of God said, “If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
THEREFORE: We call upon God’s people everywhere, ministers, and laymen, in city and in country, of all denominations to join with us in deepest heart contrition, confession, and turning to Almighty God, and make the prayer of the prophet of old the cry of the hour: “0 Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy.”