Let's just say that I once again noticed a familiar refrain in this article.
As I was reading it, I came across this passage and got really excited:
The evangelistic strategy will be "flexible, multifaceted," Page said. It will encompass "the more traditional people within our convention and the more contemporary or non-traditional people, old and young, various styles and philosophies of evangelism and church planting, Calvinists, non-Calvinists, various people groups ethnically and various groups from the geographical areas across our country
Wow...you had me at Hello! I was fired up, excited, and anxious to read more. Perhaps, things were headed in the right direction. And, as almost always in the case, the high point was indeed followed by a less than stellar rest of the article. I read this and realized just how little is really going to change:
Asked if he believes revival in the SBC is possible, Page said he does, noting that God voices "no equivocation" in 2 Chronicles 7:14. "I am convinced that the way to turn it around -– [struggles the SBC is having with] baptisms, soul-winning, church transformation -– is going to be through a movement from God that 2 Chronicles 7:14 tells us must be prefaced by our humbling, praying, seeking His face and repentance," Page said.It is probable that "in our current culture we're going to continue being in love with things, activities that are not of God, priorities that pull us away," Page said. "I believe God wants us to have a broken heart. And so far, I've seen no broken hearts except on rare occasions."But if enough of God's people get serious about those requirements [in 2 Chronicles 7:14], those prescriptions for revival, then I believe revival can occur," Page said
Do you see the problem with this prescription. It is all based on MAN's ability. If man watches less pornography, then we'll see true revival. If man spends his family into debt less, then we'll see revival. If man cuts off fewer people in traffic, then we'll see revival.
The only problem is that MAN CAN'T BRING REVIVAL and focusing on NOT DOING THINGS is NOT the path to revival. It simply isn't. Search the whole article and you'll see the name of Jesus exactly ZERO times. NONE. ZILCH. NADA.
If we are going to see revival, it has to be by falling in love with Jesus and talking about HIM incessantly and painting Him as powerful and as beautiful as he is. And the crazy thing about that, is that Jesus controls every bit of it. I agree with Dr. Page that prayer is the key. Passionate prayer for Jesus to do something only He can do. God, grant me a heart of flesh. God, take my heart of stone. Jesus, be my righteousness. JESUS, JESUS, JESUS. Maybe if we talked more about Jesus, The Whole Jesus, and Nothing But Jesus and less about strategies, we'd see a spiritual fervor and honoring of God that we desire.
It will not come about by following the Law better.