First, a caveat: I strongly believe that revival is the gift of God, and He grants it sovereignly according to His plan. My point with this post about church revival, though, is not that we somehow control God’s event calendar; instead, it’s that our church culture doesn’t exhibit some of the characteristics that have preceded God’s great movements.
Here’s Why We Are Unlikely to Experience Church Revival:
1. We’re not really desperate for God.
We may use that kind of “desperation” terminology, but the words don’t always reflect our heart. It’s been some time since I’ve seen a congregation that pleads for God’s presence.
2. We tend to speak about the sin of others rather than deal with our own sin.
We preach strongly against sins that we sometimes tolerate under our own roof. Few people are so broken over personal sin that they can only cry out to God for church revival.