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Wanted: Luthers & Calvins


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We want again Luthers, Calvins, Bunyans, Whitefields, men fit to mark eras, whose names breathe terror in our foemen’s ears. We have dire need of such. Whence will they come to us? They are the gift of Jesus Christ to the church, and will come in due time. He has power to give back again a golden age of preachers, and when the good old truth is one more preached by men whose lips are touched as with a live coal from off the alter, this shall be the instrument in the hand of the Spirit for bringing about a great and thorough revival of religion in the land. . . .

I do not look for any other means of converting men beyond the simple preaching of the gospel and the opening of men’s ears to hear it. The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her. It has been through the ministry that the Lord has always been pleased to receive and bless His churches.

—Charles Spurgeon, cited in Steve Lawson, The Expository Genius of John Calvin (Reformation Trust, 2007), 132–133.



Posted 2007·10·29 by David Kjos
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#1 || 07·10·29··20:11 || Michael Yates

I am curious what kind of major shift the church would have to experience to spark another "Reformation" as large as those of the 16-17th centuries. We could too easily forget that we are prone to the exact same heresies and false teachings that sparked these men to action. What will be the next breaking point of the Church? Will it be in our lifetime?


#2 || 07·10·30··05:28 || donsandsd

The Church in America has become fat. We need to leaned out methinks. Even myself.

The pulpits need to be cleansed. We allowed Bill Clinton to speak in one of Baltimore's biggest churches years ago, and my pastor wrote to the pastor, but no response.

The pulpits have be desecrated, not all, but many more than not.
What drives this is worship of man, or man-centered teaching preaching and "conversation".
I see pastors who converse from the pulpit today, and that's weak, when they should speak the truth in love with all boldness, and with authority.

" The moment the church of God shall despise the pulpit, God will despise her."

I fear this has happened in the American church, and when those like us speak up, we become the intolerant unloving legalist fundamental pharisee.
Is there hope?
There's always hope in Christ and His mercy.


#3 || 07·10·30··09:14 || David

Michael,

I don't expect to see another Reformation. At the time of the Reformation, the Christian faith was all but lost. There really was no true Church in ecclesiastical terms, so the Reformation was a seismic event in church history, second only to Pentecost. As bad as conditions are in many parts of the Church today, the true Church is visible and growing.

I do hope to see revivals in some denominations that are not yet apostacized. I hope to see a deliberate rejection of postmodern thought and a return to confessional Christianity. I hope to see an end of motivational and moralistic preaching and a return to the exposition of Luther and Calvin. I hope to see the return of proper church discipline and a truly regenerate church membership. I hope to see the application of Scripture rather than humanistic psychology to the needs of souls.

I don't expect to see any of these things on a grand scale that rocks the world as the Reformation did. The conditions are just not the same now as they were then. I expect to see them here and there, in small pockets of Christianity, and I hope they will spread throughout the Church at large.

And I believe we have our Luthers & Calvins--MacArthurs & Sprouls, etc.--who are doing these things; but we need more of them.


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