Spiritual growth comes through Spirit-power and direction, applied from the inside out as God rewrites our heart, soul and mind to conform to his righteousness. Revivals of history have come as the result of prayer and the Spirit’s power; most are absent of any persecution as a proximate cause: the Reformation, Great Awakening, the Wesleyan Revival, the Second Great Awakening, the Korean Revival, the Welsh Revival.
And now, Part Two:
Therefore I propose Viewpoint B:
- Tribulation is not a “good” but an evil, albeit one that can be turned to good use in the one who is faithful.
- Therefore, Christians should not pray that persecution would come, hoping for a “bank shot” which will lead to revival.
- If revival is what we want, we should pray for revival.
- And finally: we should pray that persecution will NOT come; and that if it does come, that it will abate.
Here are some key Bible texts: (more…)