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"REFORMATION" ++++ TIDAL WAVE of "CHANGE" in THE CHURCH by Andrew Strom 0/16/21 "WORTH CONSIDERING" from Ken Smith, This article is about why any coming Revival must also be a "Great Reformation" as much as anything else. Many Christians take the attitude that the structures and message and model and the entire approach of modern Christianity is "mostly fine" - and just needs a little 'tweaking' here and there. I completely disagree with this. I believe God has plans for a large-scale overhaul - at least as big as the largest Reformations in history. Below are some questions that I feel need addressing: Does it matter that virtually nothing we do today was done like that in the original church? Our structures, our preaching, our priorities, our systems, our training, our GOSPEL - none of them seem to bear more than a passing resemblance to the Bible. In every way we are UTTERLY DIFFERENT from the church founded by Jesus and the apostles. When you take these issues one by one they may seem insignificant. But when you add them all up - can anyone tell me why we don't just call ourselves a DIFFERENT RELIGION and be done with it? I mean, we are virtually nothing like them, are we? We talk a lot about "getting back to the book of Acts" today. But what if it involves removing all this junk? Who's going to take out the garbage? Is anybody really prepared to pay that kind of price? The rejection? The bitterness? The hatred? Revival is one thing. "Reformation" is quite another. You can get killed with Reformation. Go ask Martin Luther. One thing I am convinced of. There needs to be a large "ground-swell" of ordinary people desperate for 'CHANGE' for Reformation to succeed. And I'm not sure that we see that yet. There is certainly the beginnings of it. But I don't think it is enough. And I don't know what will bring the breakthrough. There needs to be a widespread sense of desperation. I think it is growing, but I don't know how long it will take. And I, for one, am not about to sustain a one-man crusade to keep the pot stirring until then. A 'groundswell' is God's business - not mine. But I am truly convinced that there must be 'Reformation' along with the coming Revival. There must be a new wineskin, otherwise we will just find ourselves with another 3-year Revival, like so many that have gone before. Old wineskins leak. That is the lesson of history. They cannot preserve a Revival. As an historian I can tell you that the most long-lasting moves of God ALWAYS had a strong element of 'Reformation' about them. If a 'new wineskin' was created then sometimes they were able to last for an entire generation. Glory to God! Can you imagine that? I am convinced that for the last 500 years, since the Great Reformation, God has used each wave of Revival to restore the church more and more to its original state. The first things He restored were 'justification by faith' and the 'priesthood of all believers'. Then in later moves of God we see the teaching of the 'new birth' and 'baptism by immersion' and 'holiness' being restored. Huge movements burst forth, evangelizing the earth and restoring lost Biblical truths. Just over the last century alone, the original "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" and all the gifts have finally been restored to the church. And since the 1960's virtually every Revival that has occurred around the world has been a full-on Holy Spirit- filled Revival full of healings and miracles from God. ll the pieces are in place for a last great push - a full return to the simplicity, the purity and the power of the early church. Despite all the advances, we have never seen an actual 'Book of Acts' church in all her raw beauty, holiness and power. Remember, Jesus is returning for a church that is "without spot or wrinkle or any such thing". I am praying that this coming Revival will see the end of the 'Reformation' process that has been ongoing now for 500 years. I pray that this will be the one that sees the final abandonment of all that is of 'Religion' - and a return to the pristine purity of the original. When this process is complete, I believe that ONLY THEN can Jesus return for His beautiful Bride. But all the timing is God's. And much preparation of HEART is needed, along with structural change. In fact, as I have always emphasized, it is the HEART issues that are the most important things. As I said, all the pieces are now in place. Will you pray with me for one last great Revival and Reformation, my friends? God bless you all. Kindest regards in Christ, Andrew Strom. To subscribe, please send a 'subscribe' email to- email@example.com Also: Worthy Brief <firstname.lastname@example.org> Balanced world news and good thoughts. 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