Is the Church Dead? David Jeremiah Says Its Best Days Are Ahead

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MSNBC host Joy Reid recently said the church is part of a bygone era, but David Jeremiah sees a very different future.

Some might be wondering if she’s right as every day they see news of a nation out of control and in turmoil.  

Even believers are confused and might be asking themselves, “Are the sure things still sure?” “Is the church still relevant?” “Does the Bible still hold true with the changing culture?”

Pastor and author David Jeremiah addressed those questions on a ChurchLeaders podcast following the release of his book Is This the End?: Signs of God’s Providence in a Disturbing New World.

David Jeremiah Sees Revival Coming

While acknowledging political strife and numerous examples of Christians being targeted for their beliefs, he boldly states “the church is on the threshold of its best days.”

Dr. Jeremiah puts it this way, “When the country feels like its spiritual vitality has gone to the dogs; it’s always the dog that dies.”

That can only mean one thing; revival and revival only comes when society is at its lowest point and truth has been obscured.

He believes another Great Awakening may be just around the corner and gave three indications of what revival looks like.

  1. It involves young people
  2. Revival comes at a nation’s darkest times
  3. It starts with prayer

If David Jeremiah is right, how should Christians be praying in hopes of revival healing America?

He says the Bible includes several roadmaps such as 2 Chronicles 7:14, which he calls a handbook for revival.

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

The first thing that verse tells us is that revival starts with people of God, not unbelievers. He warns, “Before we spend too much time in prayer asking God to change culture, we should pray that He changes us.”

Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Senior Pastor of Cross Church and President of the National Day of Prayer, has three prayer priorities that he believes America should concentrate on this month.  

  1. Pray for unity of thought and strategy among our nation’s leadership over the critical issues facing the country. James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
  2. Pray that we agree clearly, unite visibly and pray extraordinarily for the next great spiritual awakening in America. Acts 1:14, “They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.”
  3. Pray for God to intervene supernaturally across America as we call on all Americans to pray for our nation. Ephesians 4:3, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

Then, Jeremiah says, be fully engaged with God and that means in part to trust Him.

While we might not be able to discern what God is up to, David Jeremiah believes that one day we will. “You need to trust it before you see it—Scripture tells us that,” he says.

And in this day of an increasing fog falling over America, we are being given ample opportunity to demonstrate our faith.

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Bob Ditmer
Bob Ditmer has worked in Christian media for more than 20 years including positions with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and Focus on the Family.

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