Hi there, this is Lon Solomon, and I'd like to welcome you to our program today. You know it's a tremendous honor that God has given us to be on stations all around the nation bringing the truth of God's Word as it is uncompromising and straightforward. And I'm so glad you've tuned in to listen and be part of that.
Thanks again for your support and your generosity that keeps us on the radio, and now let's get to the Word of God. You know in this past week I was reading an article in USA Today about religion in American public life and policy, and in this article there was a quote from Dr. Molly Worthen, who is a history professor at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and here's what she said. She said, and I quote, look at Western Europe sooner or later, that's where we are headed, end of quote. And so just where is Western Europe when it comes to religion in public life and policy? Well, I'd like to quote from former French President Valerie Gistard Distang. He said this, and I quote, Europeans live in a purely secular political system where religion does not play any important role, end of quote. And what with the Supreme Court decision of this past week, the frightening reality is I think Dr. Worthen is right.
I think we are headed for where Europe is, where religion, particularly Christianity, plays no part whatsoever in public policy or public life. I think she's right unless, oh, what a great word that is. She's right unless God steps in. She's right unless God brings revival to America. Because, my fellow Americans, it is the only hope we have left. There are no other hopes left.
So are you ready? Here we go. What exactly is a revival? The con I'm talking about, the con I want you to pray for. Well, a revival is a powerful moving of the Holy Spirit that overwhelms entire churches, entire colleges, entire cities, and even entire nations and turns them back to God. A revival is a supernatural event.
It is not the result of human planning or the result of human programming or the result of human organizing, but it is the result of God's sovereign will. In his book, In the Day of Thy Power, Arthur Wallace said, and I quote, revival is divine intervention into the normal course of things. It is God revealing himself in awful holiness and irresistible power.
He went on to say, in revival, the church is awakened. Man, how we need that. In revival, carnality and worldliness are slain. Man, how we need that.
In revival, the lukewarm are made hot. Praise the Lord. How we need that. In revival, the people of God begin to purify themselves. How we need that. And in revival, every segment of society is affected.
How we need that. End of quote. That's a revival. A true revival is not the same as the normal everyday work of the church. A true revival is not just leading people to Christ and discipling them. A true revival is a spiritual tsunami leaving in its wake a righteous transformation of society that lasts for decade after decade after decade.
Now let me make sure we also know what a revival isn't. You know, in the past, America has had slavery. In the past, America has had segregation. In the past, women have had no vote in America. In the past, Jewish people couldn't live in certain neighborhoods in America and couldn't join certain country clubs in America. In the past, America had Watergate and America has had awful cases of corruption. And in the past, we've had unwarranted persecution of Japanese Americans during World War II and horrible treatment of Native Americans at times in our history.
Listen to me. Revival does not mean God taking American society back to some romanticized past that never really existed. No, revival means God taking American society forward to a righteous future. A future where America truly cares for the poor and the widow and the orphan and the fatherless. A future where America rises above the racism in this country and swears it off once and for all. A future where we care about the immigrant and the stranger and the alien, the way the Bible tells us to do. A future where the churches in America are filled to the brim every week with people clamoring to get in to hear the word of God and to worship the living God and church where they're in those churches. The people standing in the pulpit are preaching the true word of God, the unadulterated word of God, the unwatered down word of God, the uncompromised word of God. The revival I'm talking about is a revival where God takes us to a future where we once again respect what the Bible says is right and what the Bible says is wrong and a future finally where we don't mistake sin for freedom and where we don't mistake tolerance for righteousness.
Amen. This is the kind of revival that we need in America. This is the kind of revival I want to see God bring to America, a spiritual revival that changes our nation spiritually to such a degree that the human accoutrements of our society are forced to follow behind because the change has been so dramatic and so all reaching in this nation. Man, that's a revival. And as William Dallimore, the greatest story and said, The Great Awakening exerted a force which left the colonies altered for ever.
Listen to what he said. The civil rights demonstrations, campus disturbances and urban riots of the sixties all put together did not make the impact on our national life that the Great Awakening did end of quote. Now that's the kind of revival I want to see. Amen.
That's what we want. But you know, in order for that to happen, we have to play a part you and me as followers of Christ. Now, if you're here today and you're not a follower of Christ, let me just say to you, we got something for you, too. We've got some folks down front right after we're done who would love to talk to you about what it means to become a follower of Christ, what it means to know for sure that you're going to heaven when you die, what it means to know that you're born again, what it means to know that your sins are forgiven. You come down and these folks will be happy to help you so that you know all of that when you walk out of here today. But for those of us who are here that are followers of Christ and the majority of us are, we've got a part to play in revival coming to America.
You see? Yes, it is a supernatural event, but we have to prepare the soil because if the soil is not properly prepared, God is not going to send a revival. And how do we prepare that soil? Well, there are three things that we have to do, and they all are in the same verse in the Bible. And this is a very familiar verse in the Bible. So when I read it, there's going to be a tendency on your part to go, I've heard that verse before. Minimize it. I already heard that verse. Okay, while he reads it, what are we having for lunch?
Did I leave the iron on? Don't do that. Don't do that. This is the word of God. I don't care if you've heard the verse a thousand times. This is the word of God. Pay attention.
Second Chronicles 7 14. If my people who are called by my name, who's that folks? Yeah, yeah, whatever's coming next is not for the people of Washington who were standing in front of the Supreme Court the other day rejoicing. Whatever's coming next is not for the people who made the change or sitting on the Supreme Court. Wherever comes next is not for the people in our town using drugs or the prostitutes in our town or the people in our town who are doing whatever they did. It's not for them.
This is us, right? Everybody understand that? All right, so listen up. If my people who are called by my name will number one, humble themselves and number two, pray and seek my face and number three, learn from their wicked ways then. Oh boy, do I love that word. Then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and I will heal their land.
What are the three things we have to do to prepare the soil before revival has a chance to fall? Number one, if my people who are called by my name will what? What's the word? Humble themselves.
That's right, friends. God will not send revival on arrogant soil. Broken hearts over sin is where revival always starts. God said in Joel Chapter two, therefore, says the Lord, turn to me with all your heart with fasting and weeping and mourning and tear your hearts, not your clothes. This is this is language of brokenness over sin and humility before the Lord. Psalm fifty one verse seventeen.
David said the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit over our sinfulness and over how we've let the Lord down a broken and a contrite heart. Oh, God, you will not. What's the next word?
Despise. Folks, listen to me. If we want to see revival, humility and brokenness over sin, our sin, the sin of our city, the sin of our nation, these are essential prerequisites or God will not send revival anywhere. We have to be humble and broken before him. Number two, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my faith. Listen, God second will not send revival.
Not only will he will he not send it on arrogant soil, he won't send it on prayerless soil. God has never sent a revival anywhere where the people of God weren't praying for it fervently, where they weren't praying for it a bulldog and where they weren't praying for it persistently. Listen, did you know George Whitfield showed up in America in seventeen thirty nine for five years before that?
Seventeen thirty four, thirty five, thirty six, thirty seven and thirty eight. For five years, the people in Jonathan Edwards Church in the state of Massachusetts gathered every week and got on their knees and prayed for revival. Five years they prayed. And then George Whitfield showed up.
And man, buckle your seat belt once George Whitfield hit America. But it took five years of prayer by these people. Revival is birthed in prayer.
Number three. And finally, if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, here we go and turn from their wicked ways. The word turn here is the same word that's used elsewhere in the Bible and translated repent. And this is what God's calling us to repentance in our life as Christians.
And what is repentance means? It means to turn. It means I'm going this way. And God says, oh, you're going the wrong way.
That's not how I want you to live. And we turn one hundred and eighty degrees and say, OK, God, now I'm going this way with your help. That's all repentance is. And that's what God is calling us to. God is telling us that he will send revival on unholy societies. He will send revival on unholy cities. He will send revival on unholy nations, but he will not send revival on unholy churches. He won't do it.
Never has, never will. Robert Murray McShane, the great Scottish preacher, said, and I quote, the sin of one Aiken. If you don't remember who Aiken was, check out Joshua Chapter seven. He was a man in Israel who in Jericho was captured. God said, don't take any of the gold or silver for yourself.
And he did. And as a result of his sin, the next time the army of Israel went out, they got absolutely squashed. The sin of one Aiken, McShane says, troubled the whole camp of Israel. If any of you as God's children, he says, willfully continue in some old sin, you will trouble our camp. And what this means, my friends, is that the biggest thing I can do here at McLean Bible Church to hasten revival in America is to get serious about personal holiness. And the greatest thing you can do here at McLean Bible Church to hasten revival in America is to get serious about personal holiness. And you say, well, what do you mean by personal holiness?
I mean, to cultivate a conscience that is sensitive to sin. I mean, to call sin sin in our lives. Don't justify it. Don't make excuses for it.
Call it what it is. I mean, to confess and repent of that sin each and every day before the Lord. I mean, to ask the Lord's help, the Spirit's help to turn from that sin each and every day in our life. And finally, to ask the Holy Spirit to help us hate that impurity in our life. See, folks, it's not enough just to try not to do sin.
We need to go deeper. We need to ask God to help us to hate that sin, that impurity in our life. The apostle Paul said in Romans Chapter seven, he said, The good that I want to do, I don't do. And the evil that I don't want to do.
That's what I do. And then he said this. Oh, he didn't say, Oh, gee, gosh, I wish I could do better. No, he said, Oh, wretched man that I am. Wretched man that I am. I hate this sin inside of me. I hate the fact I do wrong. I hate the impurity inside of me. Oh, wretched man that I am.
Who shall deliver me from this body of death? Well, the answer he goes on to tell us is the Lord Jesus Christ. But there's a man who hates the sin inside of him. That's what God wants from you and me ultimately. And therefore I say to you, the second greatest sin in the modern American church is our lack of purity. And in order to see revival come, some of us, me, you, we're going to have to deal with that impurity in our life. Maybe it's a dirty mouth, or maybe it's a dirty mind, or maybe it's a lustful heart and lustful eyes. Maybe it's unforgiveness of someone. Maybe it's bitterness or malice that you're carrying towards someone, or maybe it's gossip that we do to someone else, or maybe it's slander.
You say, Lon, I sure wish you wouldn't talk about these things quite so vividly. Why can't you just say sin? Well, I'll tell you why. Because the great evangelist Charles Finney was right when he said you can't preach against sin in the abstract.
That's why. Maybe it's sleeping with our boyfriend or our girlfriend. Maybe it's that having that affair, or even if it's not there yet, having that little bit of flattery and that little bit of flirting at work. Let's call sin sin. Or maybe it's pornography, which I've become convinced is probably the greatest threat to the heart of the average Christian in America today, particularly male Christians, but females as well. And many of us here in this church, if the truth be told, we are in bondage to pornography, or at least we're fighting it hard not to be. And friends, pornography, it will eat your soul away. It will eat your marriage away. It will eat your relationships away. It will eat your walk with God away. So we're starting a new ministry in the fall to help people get free of pornography, men and women. And we'll be telling you more about it because there's no way God is going to send revival on a church that has 30% of its members or 40% of its members caught up in pornography.
It's not going to happen. And listen, we all struggle with it. Every human being struggles with all of these sins.
But God wants us to fight them, not excuse them, to fight them by the power of His Spirit. Are you all with me? All right. Now, this has been a hard message. I understand that.
It has. But folks, there's a price to be paid by God's people if we want revival. Coming into church, hearing the preacher say revival, clapping and going, Amen.
That is not bringing revival to anything. There's a price God calls upon us to pay. And if we want revival bad enough, that price is non-negotiable with God.
And what is it? Number one, humility and brokenness over our sin and the sin of our city and our nation. Number two, unyielding prevailing prayer for revival.
And number three, dealing with sin in our lives. And as your pastor, I'm calling on us as a church family to rise up and say, we are willing with the help of God to pay this price. Now, can I promise you this will bring revival on America? No, I can't.
Revival is an act of God. I can't promise that. But can I promise you if we do these things that we will have a better church? Yes, I can promise you that. Can I promise you by doing these things that you will have a better Christian walk for your family and your friends and your testimony? Yes, I can promise you that. Can I promise you that by doing these things, you will have more joy in your Christian walk than you've ever had before? Yes, I can promise you that. And can I promise you by doing these things that the blessing of God will be increased upon your life? And I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about God's entire blessing on your life. Yes, I can promise you that.
And to me, whether God ever sends revival or not, those things are still worth it. Amen. So my question as I close today is this. Are you with me? I'm in. My question is, are you in with me?
Good. Dear Lord Jesus, Psalm 103 says, As a father has compassion on his children, so you have compassion on those who fear you. And we are those people on our knees today, because, the Bible says, you remember that they're just dust.
Lord, that's all we are, dust that you breathe life into and that you continue to breathe life into every day. God, help us think no more of ourselves than that and thank you that you have mercy on us. Have mercy on our nation too, Lord. We beg you have mercy. And Lord, we ask for that revival.
Please, in your mercy, send it. And help us keep doing our part, no matter how long it takes. Lord, we love you. We thank you for speaking to us today. In Jesus name we pray.
And God's people said, Amen. You've been listening to So What with Dr. Lon Solomon. So What is an outreach of Lon Solomon Ministries? To listen to today's message or for more information, visit our website, lonsolomonministries.org. Thank you for your support. If you would like to contact us, please visit our website or call us at 866-788-7770. We hope you will join us next time when Lon seeks to answer one of life's most important questions, So What.
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