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Originally published in "The Lord's Coming Herald & Wesleyan Bible Prophecy Advocate," june 2009

Do We Really Want Revival?

"But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam . . . so hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans . . . repent; or else . . ." (Rev. 2:14-16).

In the Old Testament God never tolerated the worship of idols among the children of Israel. He never said it was "ok" for the Jews to worship Baal, or Asteroth, or any other pagan deity along side of Himself. Always, when revival time came, Old Testament Israel had to get rid of all of its idols in order to worship and serve Jehovah alone.

In the New Testament era, the concept of "doctrine" replaces the concept of "idols." Just as God did not tolerated shared worship between Himself and idols in the Old Testament dispensation, so in the New Testament Church, Jesus Christ does not tolerate the mixture of falsehoods with sound doctrine.

What are some of the false doctrines that are widely evident in the evangelical fundamentalist church world of our modern day that prevent the coming of revival? Here are two:

1. Non-Christian racial Jews are God's chosen people. That idea is false doctrine, according to the plain teaching of the New Testament (see Rom. 2:28-29; 9:7-8, 22-24, 30-33; 10:10-12; 11:5-7, 32; Gal. 3:8, 14-18, 26-29; 4:24-31; Eph. 2:11-19; 3:6; Col. 3:10-11). This notion is everywhere assumed by dispensational end-time Bible prophecy theorists across the land today. Yet God does not tolerate the adoption of such heresy within His Church. The Church will never have revival with such "returned-to-Judaism" mentality on board. It is apostasy! Please put away this idol so the Church can have revival.

2. Jesus is coming to set up his kingdom. Here is another aspect of false doctrine being taught by modern dispensationalism. Jesus already established His kingdom at the time of His first advent. Denying the true nature of Christ's kingdom will not bring revival. When Jesus comes again He will resurrect and judge all men according to their works (Matt. 16:27; 25:31ff.). Denying this sound doctrine of the New Testament will not produce revival, either. Now, do we REALLY want revival badly enough to clean house on these false doctrines? Think about it.

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