In addition to wars and societal chaos predicted for the last days, the Bible also predicts great Spiritual activity at the time of the end--an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on all flesh and the world-wide preaching of the gospel (see Matt. 24:14 & Acts 2:17). This blog is dedicated to encouraging Christians around the world to pray and believe for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit on their land and in their churches.
Positive Proof that I Corinthians 14:34-35 Did not Originate With Paul
I Corinthians 14:34-35 has been used throughout history to silence women and marginalize their involvement in the Christian gathering. Now, in this church-shaking teaching, Dr. Eddie Hyatt presents conclusive evidence that these words did not originate with Paul and that he, in fact, disagreed with this statement. Click the link below to hear this amazing teaching. This teaching is derived from Eddie's latest book, Paul, Women and Church, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. SILENT NO MORE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR0Wiz81RZI
Morris, pastor of Gateway Church, recently told of an individual approaching
him and saying, “You have lots of good leaders around you but you don’t have
any prophets.” He then insinuated that Morris needed to take him on as the staff
prophet. Morris rightly replied, “I don’t need a prophet; I have the Holy
the idea has become widespread that God is raising up an elite group of
“prophets” who hear the Lord better than the “regular folk” and that they are
necessary for giving spiritual insight and guidance to the church today. Those
propagating this view love to quote Old Testament passages such as Amos 3:7
that reads, Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He
reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
A Dangerous Trend
suggest that those propagating this view are producing a setting that is ripe
for abuse and disillusionment. It is all too easy for an insecure individual or
congregation to put their trust in a man (or woman) who claims to have a
special line with God and says he hears from God on their behalf.
people who buy into this kind of thinking are relinquishing their own responsibility to know God
and have a relationship with Him. The “prophet” who takes this approach is
taking on a role that was never given him by God--that of mediator between the
people and God.
It is the perfect setting for an unhealthy codependency and is deadening to the unlimited work of the Holy Spirit in the body of
Christ. This is not something new but has happened throughout history as
documented in my book, 2000 Years of
Charismatic Christianity. And as Winston Churchill once said, “Those who do
not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”
Not Found in the New Testament
idea of an elite group of prophets that gives guidance to the churches is not
found in the New Testament. Paul, for example, addresses his letters to “the
saints” in a given locality and never intimates that they are somehow lacking
and in need of a “prophet” to guide them. That is an Old Testament concept.
emphasis of Jesus and the New Testament is on the Holy Spirit being made
available to all of God’s people as opposed to the Old Testament where He was
given only to certain prophets, judges and kings. Jesus spoke of this when He
cried out, If anyone is thirsty let him
come to me and drink, He who believes in Me as the Scripture has said, out of
his heart will flow rivers of living water (John 7:37-39).
then remarks that Jesus spoke this concerning the Spirit whom those believing
in Him would receive, for the Holy Spirit
was not yet given. “Not yet given,” meaning in the unlimited sense to all
of God’s people as prophesied by Joel (Joel 2:28-29) and intimated by Moses
unlimited pouring out of the Holy Spirit began on the Day of Pentecost when
they were all filled with the Holy
Spirit and all began to speak
prophetically by the Holy Spirit. I say they spoke prophetically because any
speech inspired by the Spirit is prophetic. That is why Peter, in answer to
those questioning the speaking in tongues, responded by quoting Joel’s prophecy
that predicted that when God’s Spirit would be poured out on all flesh, sons
and daughters would prophesy.
All of God’s People Have the Spirit
is not a single example in the New Testament of anyone seeking out a prophet
for direction or advice. There is not a single admonition in any of the letters
to churches telling them they need to seek out a prophet to give them guidance.
Paul admonished them to realize that they are now the sanctuary of God and that
the Spirit of God dwells in them both individually and corporately (I
Corinthians 3:16-17; 6:19). This is a reality of the New Covenant. They are a
sort of “prophethood of all believers” as expressed in I Corinthians 14.
Paul discusses the function of prophecy in the congregation, the assumption is
that all of God’s people are included (I Corinthians 14:23-32). There is no
elite group of prophets to whom everyone else must bow. When he uses the word
“prophets” in vs. 29 it is functional language meaning “the one prophesying” or
“the one with a prophecy.”
This is borne out by the fact that
the entire Christian community is being addressed and inclusive language is
used throughout, as in vs. 32 where he says, For you can all prophesy one by one, that all may learn and all may be
encouraged. Commenting on this passage, Dr. Gordon Fee says,
This does not mean, of course, that all will or do
prophesy. It is simply to note that Paul’s concern here is not with a group of
prophets, but with the functioning of prophecy in the assembly. The noun
“prophets,” therefore, is to be understood as functional language similar to
the use of interpreter in v. 28.
assumption is that all of God’s people have the Holy Spirit and there is no
need to seek out a prophet as in the Old Testament. They themselves are now the
sanctuary of God and the Spirit of God dwells in them (I Corinthians 3:16-17).
They merely need to realize who they are as God’s New Covenant people.
Time to Awaken
pray that Christians everywhere will awaken to who they are in Christ. I pray
that they will awaken to the blessings and benefits that are theirs through the
cross of Christ. I pray that they will awaken to the fact that they,
individually and corporately, are God’s dwelling place and His Spirit dwells in
them. I pray that they will awaken to the fact that they have a direct line to
God through the one mediator, Jesus Christ. I pray that this Divine awakening
will spread across America and the world.
President Donald Trump’s Proclamation of Sunday as a Day
of Prayer for the victims of Hurricane Harvey was the “American” thing to do. From
its inception, America has turned to God in times of crises. Prayer has been
the very lifeblood of this nation
For example, at the opening of the First Continental
Congress on September 5, 1774, the delegates began with Bible reading and
prayer. Rev Jacob Dusche of Philadelphia read the entire 35th
chapter of Psalms and it had a powerful impact on everyone present.
The Psalm is a prayer of David for deliverance and begins
with the words, Plead my cause O LORD with those who strive against me;
fight against those who fight against me. The Psalm ends with praise for
With British troops on American soil and occupying the
city of Boston, the Psalm resonated deeply with everyone present. At the end of
the reading Rev. Dusche began to pray and everyone present lifted their hearts
to heaven in sincere prayer to God for his assistance in their struggle for
John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, of the impact of
the Bible reading and prayer on the delegates. He wrote,
Who can realize the emotions with
which they turned imploringly to heaven for divine
interposition and aid. It was enough to melt a heart of stone. I never saw a
greater effect upon an audience. It seems as if heaven had ordained that Psalm
to be read that day. I saw tears gush into the eyes of the old, grave pacific
Quakers of Philadelphia. I must beg you to read that Psalm (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 122).
Congress and the Nation Prayed
Prayer continued to be a daily and vital part of the
proceedings of the Continental Congress. Years later, when Benjamin Franklin
called the delegates of the Constitutional Convention to prayer, he reminded
them, “In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were
sensible to danger, we had daily prayers in this room for Divine protection.”
Indeed, the Catholic scholar, Michael Novak, is correct
when he says, “In all moments of imminent danger, as in the first Act of the First Continental Congress, the founding
generation turned to prayer” (Hyatt, Pilgrimsand Patriots, 124).
During the Revolutionary War, the Congress issued no less
than fifteen separate calls for special days of prayer and fasting. For
example, during the fall of 1776, when the morale of the army and populace had
sunk to an all-time low because of a poor harvest and hardship on the
battlefield, Congress proclaimed December 11, 1776, as a Day of Fasting and
After this day of prayer, there was an amazing change of
circumstances, with successes on the battlefield and the reaping of abundant
harvests. There was, in fact, such a turnaround
after this that in 1779 Congress issued a proclamation setting aside a
day of thanksgiving, because “it hath pleased Almighty God, the father of
mercies, remarkably to assist and support the United States of America in their
important struggle for liberty” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 124).
The Congress then listed seven
different accomplishments of God on the behalf of the nation,
including “many instances of prowess and success in our armies” and “so great
abundance of the fruits of the earth of every kind, as not only to enable us to
easily to supply the wants of the army, but gives comfort and happiness to the
whole people” (Hyatt, Pilgrims andPatriots, 124).
Transforms the Colonial Army into a Praying Army
The Second Continental Congress, which convened on May 10, 1775, asked George Washington to become commander-in-chief
of the ragtag colonial militias and transform them into an army that could
face British military might.
Washington accepted the call and began immediately to
instill in the Colonial troops a very real faith in God, for he knew that
without heaven’s assistance they had no hope against the mighty British war
Washington, therefore, issued an order that each day was
to begin with prayer led by the officers of each unit. He also ordered that, unless their duties required them to be
elsewhere, every soldier was to observe, “a punctual attendance of Divine
services, to implore the blessing of heaven upon the means used for our safety
and public defense” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 128).
He also forbade all profanity and drunkenness and
promised swift punishment for any who uttered oaths that would offend God or
continually sought to instill in his troops faith and reverence toward God.
While the colonial army was quartering at Valley
Forge, during a particularly difficult part of the war,Rev. Henry Muhlenberg was able to observe
Washington’s conduct from his nearby Lutheran Church. He wrote,
“Washington rode around among his army yesterday and admonished each one to
fear God” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots,
many prayers of colonial America were heard and the Revolutionary War came to
an amazing end. It officially ended on October 19, 1781, when General
Cornwallis surrendered his entire force to Washington. In customary fashion,
Cornwallis turned his sword over to Washington, and the weaponry of his troops
was stacked in neat piles.
this occurred the British band played, “The World Turned Upside Down.” For
freedom-loving people everywhere, however, the world had been turned right side
Showing the influence of Christianity on the American
populace and their leaders, there was none of the revenge and butchery that are
so common in Marxist and Islamic revolutions. There were no tribunals to exact
revenge, no reign of terror, and no bloodthirsty proclamations by the
Continental Congress. The war ended and the patriots picked up their lives and
Having completed his call, Washington issued a letter of
resignation as Commander-in-Chief to the Continental Congress. Then, he wrote
what could be described as a pastoral letter, dated June 14, 1783, to the
governors of the various states. This letter
included his “earnest prayer” that is here quoted in part. He wrote,
I now make it my earnest prayer that God would have you,
and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would
incline the hearts of the citizens . . . to entertain a brotherly affection and
love for one another . . . and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility,
and pacific temper of mind, which were the characteristics of the Divine Author
of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of His example in these
things, we can never hope to be a happy nation (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 134).
It is worth noting that the day after approving the First
Amendment, which states that “Congress shall make no law concerning the
establishment of religion or hindering the free exercise thereof,” those same
delegates issued a proclamation for a day of prayer and thanksgiving.
This shows that the First Amendment had nothing to do
with banning expressions of faith from the public square, but was merely saying
that America would never have an official, government-run church as was the
case with the nations of Europe at that time.
Every true American should applaud Donald Trump for his
Day of Prayer proclamation. It was the American thing to do at this time of
And seeing the vital role of prayer in the founding of
this nation, let us not be intimidated by the modern assertion that prayer is somehow
inappropriate for public or political venues. Let us be bold in our faith. Let
us be salt and light in this generation. Let us pray. It is the godly thing to
do! It is the American thing to do!
the dawn of human history, people have looked in wonder, awe and fear at solar
eclipses, comets, meteor showers and other celestial phenomena. The ancients
considered such phenomena to be omens of good fortune or of impending disaster
Solar Eclipses and Superstition
and emperors would go to war or make peace depending on how they interpreted
such phenomena. According to the historian, Herodotus, a battle between the
Medes and Lydians was interrupted by a solar eclipse in 585 B.C. Both sides
interpreted the darkness as a sign the gods were displeased and they made
Roman historian, Dio Cassius, tells how a bright comet with a long tail streaked
across the sky in a.d. 79. Such a
phenomenon was considered a sign of the death of a king and Cassius considered
it an omen portending the approaching death of the emperor Vespasian.
this was mentioned to the emperor, who was sick at the time, he brushed it off
and said the omen was for the Parthian king with whom he was at war. Alluding to the comet's long tail, Vespasian
insisted the omen could not be for him, for he was bald. Nonetheless, he died
God’s People are Different
sort of superstition and fear of heavenly phenomena was not to be a part of
God’s people. God spoke through the prophet Jeremiah, Thus says the
Lord, “Do not learn the way of the Gentiles; do not be dismayed at the signs of
heaven for the Gentiles are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2). God wanted His ancient people
to trust Him and not live in fear of heavenly signs as did the heathen.
following prophecy by Isaiah was given in regards to the approaching fall and
destruction of Babylon. The Babylonians were known for their study of
astronomy, which they mixed with astrology and superstition. The prophecy shows
that God was not impressed with their astrological activity, and He said
wearied with your many counsels; Let now the astrologers, those
who prophesy by the stars, Those who predict by the new
moons, Stand up and save you from what
will come upon you. Behold, they have become like
stubble, fire burns them; They cannot deliver themselves
from the power of the flame. (Isaiah
Eclipses at the End of the Age
the magi, who were probably Babylonian astrologers, were led by a “star” (a
comet perhaps?) to the new-born Messiah. This, however, instead of being an
affirmation of their astrological practice, simply shows that God honors honest
seekers of truth.
The "star" they saw was no natural comet for Matthew says, The
star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood
over where the young Child lay. A comet, as we know them, would not guide
someone to a specific location and then remain stationary. There is a
supernatural element to this. This was God’s GPS system leading these truth
seekers to the precise location where Truth had been born.
supernatural element should also be considered when reading the words of Jesus
concerning the end of the age in Luke 21:25, where He said, And there will be signs in the sun, in the
moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations. Matthew 24:29
elaborates on this, saying, The sun will
be darkened and the moon will not give her light; the stars will fall from
heaven . . ..
see no reason to assume that this describes a natural eclipse and meteor shower
that can be scientifically explained. These are supernatural phenomena that
cannot be predicted by astronomical calculations or explained as natural
phenomena. They are supernatural events that cause perplexity and dismay on sophisticated
So, is the August 21 solar eclipse an omen of portending judgment, destruction, repentance or revival? Those who think so will probably find what they are looking for in the days ahead. However, I am confident we will get a much better sense of the future and God's will for our lives by prayerfully reading our Bibles, listening to the Holy Spirit and letting Jesus be our example and guide. As my friend, Myles Holmes, says, "Keep your eyes on the Son, not the sun, moon and stars."
Dr. Eddie Hyatt is an author, historian and ordained minister. His book, Pilgrims and Patriots, documents how America was birthed out of a great, Spiritual awakening and shows why she must have another such Awakening to survive. It and other books by him are available from and Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com.
In 2010 God dramatically restored my hope that
America could see another great, national Spiritual awakening that would alter
the course of the nation. This was significant, for I had lost all hope for
such a revival. My hope had been robbed after seeing so many superficial
revivals and celebrity revivalists who seemed to be more concerned for their
name than God’s name.
was in my blood. I had been called into the ministry during a powerful NE Texas
revival in the 1970s. As God led me into higher education, I directed my
studies toward outpourings of the Holy Spirit in church history. Out of a
seven-year research and writing project came the book 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity, first published in 1996,
but still used in Bible colleges and seminaries around the world.
wife, Dr. Susan Hyatt, and I experienced some powerful moves of the Holy Spirit
in the 1970s-80s, which encouraged us to continue. We lived through the
revivals out of Toronto and Pensacola in the 1990s but were disappointed in the
lack of cultural transformation and the direction that revival in general seemed
to take at the time.
Revival, it seemed,
degenerated into a hyped, man-made, religious event rather than a Divine
visitation from heaven. I could identify with the words of R. A. Torrey who,
almost a century ago, had said:
The most fundamental trouble with
most of our present-day, so-called revivals is that they are man-made and not
God sent. They are worked up (I
almost said faked up) by man’s
cunningly devised machinery—not prayeddown.
Restores My Hope
2010 I had given up hope of America ever experiencing another Great Awakening
that would renew the nation’s churches, impact the culture and stem the tide of
secularism, immorality and false religion that is flooding our land.
But one hot summer day as I began a leisure drive to speak the
following day at a church in another city, I was unexpectedly apprehended by
the Holy Spirit, and everything changed.
I had barely pulled onto the highway when, without any thought
or expectation of such a thing, I felt I was suddenly enveloped in God’s
presence. For the next two hours, I was hardly aware of my surroundings as my
mind was continually flooded with thoughts of hope and faith that America
“could” see another Great Awakening.
By the time I reached my hotel I was so excited I could hardly
wait to get settled in with my notebook and begin writing and articulating the
new hope for America I had just received. That experience continued far into
the night as I sat on the hotel bed and wrote from an overflowing heart. Out of
that experience came my book, Pilgrims and Patriots.
Three Things that Lingered from that Experience
There were three things that left an indelible impression on my
mind and heart. First of all, as already mentioned, my hope was restored for another
great, national Spiritual awakening.
Secondly, for the first time I saw that there was a direct
bearing of the First Great Awakening on the founding of America. I had studied
the Great Awakening and written about it, but now I saw that it played a
primary role in the birthing of this nation. Spiritual awakening, we might say,
is in our national DNA.
Thirdly, it was clear that the Lord was saying that America
“could” (not “would”) see another Great Awakening. It was a reminder that many
of God’s promises are conditional. The great promise of a national healing in
II Chronicles 7:14 begins with the phrase, If
My people . . ..
There are things in life that will happen because of God’s
sovereign will. There are other things, however, that He has placed in our
hands and how things turn out depends on us.
Necessary Keys for Revival
As you can see, I am not a fatalist, determinist, or
hyper-Calvinist. It is not set in stone whether or not America will have
another Great Awakening. It depends on us. Here are three things I want to
suggest are necessary for the American church if we are to see another Great
Awakening across our land.
seeking revival and seek God.
is too often pursued for all the wrong reasons. The revivalist may be looking
for personal success and importance, or a pastor may want to see numbers added
to his congregation or larger offerings with which to build a more impressive
Finney told of receiving a “multitude” of letters and requests form pastors and
church leaders asking him to come and promote a revival in their city. He then
said, “But when I came to weigh their reasons, I have sometimes found every one
of them to be selfish. And God would look upon every one with abhorrence.”
2006, I was commissioned by Charisma House to produce an edit of the old Azusa
Street papers, which was published under the title, Fire on the Earth. As I read and reread the Apostolic Faith publications, as they were called, it dawned on me
that they did not seek revival. They wanted God. They wanted to live as New
Testament believers, in love, humility and the power of the Holy Spirit.
revivals in history have been birthed out of a jealousy for God’s honor and a
distress at the spiritual apathy and disregard for His truth. Jonathan Edwards,
for example, was distressed for New England. Before reading his sermon “Sinners
in the Hands of an Angry God" to the congregation in Enloe, CN, Edwards
had spent eighteen hours pouring out his soul to God and his prayer was, “O
God, visit New England or let me die.”
was not a great preacher (he read his sermons) and there is no record of any
great singing. There was, however, great praying. The windows of heaven were
opened and entire towns began to repent and turn to God.
of a Spirit of Pride and an Elitist Attitude
was standing on the front row of a “revival” church waiting to be introduced to
speak that morning. The worship was very festive with people jumping, shouting
running and waving swords and banners. I was not into their style of worship,
but as I stood and communed with the Lord I heard the Holy Spirit say, “The
stronghold of deception is pride.” I knew immediately that that was to be the
theme of my message.
the service was turned to me I announced my theme and then proceeded to show
how so many revivals and revivalists have been destroyed because of pride. I
gave examples of how during times of revival the participants often get proud
of “their” revival and take on an inflated idea of their importance because of
God’s blessing. The pride then becomes an opening for demonic deception.
the end of my message the festive atmosphere had changed to one of somberness
and quietness. Even after the benediction it seemed that people were almost
afraid to speak as they moved quietly from the pews and filed out the door of
the church. When I later expressed concern about squelching their enthusiasm, the
pastor assured me that I had “nailed it” and given them exactly what they had
needed to hear.
middle letter of pride is “I,” which in Greek is ego. The “self” or ego
must be dealt with if there is to be a pure flow of genuine revival. Martin
Luther said, “Iam more
afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me
the great pope, ‘Self.’”
3. Pray the Promises
have been great revivals without great preaching. There have been great revivals
without great singing. But there has never been a great revival without great
praying. And to be effective our prayers must be based on God’s word for as
Romans 10:17 says, Faith comes by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
is a wealth of Biblical promises one can pray concerning revival. In the Old
Testament, there is II Chronicles 7:14. If someone objects that this promise
was given to Israel, I will point them to II Corinthians 1:20. Referring to the
Old Testament promises, Paul said, For
all the promises in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through
are New Testament promises such Mark 11:22-24 and Acts 2:17. The great Hebrides
revival of the 1950s was birthed out of the desperate prayers of two elderly
women who took Isaiah 44:3-4 and prayed that promise for their village. The promise
reads, For I will pour water on him who
is thirsty and floods on the dry ground; I will pour My Spirit on your
descendants, and My blessing on your offspring.
revivalists such as Wesley, Whitfield, Finney and Moody based their prayers on
the promises of God’s word. R.A. Torrey, associate of D.L. Moody and a
successful revivalist in his own right, wrote,
is the kind of revival I am longing to see here in our city; yes, throughout
the whole land; yes, throughout the whole world. Not a revival where there is
great preaching and marvelous singing and all kinds of bewildering antics by
preachers or singers, or skillful managers or manipulators; but a revival where
there is mighty praying and wonderful displays of the convicting and converting
and regenerating power of the Holy Spirit in answer to prayer.
When Jesus sent out His disciples to
preach the Good News, He did not did not tell them to make people into Baptists,
Presbyterians, Catholics or Assemblies of God. He did not tell them to make
church members. They were, instead, to go and make disciples (Matthew
is easy to become a church member. It is not so easy to become a disciple. A
“disciple” is a committed learner and follower. Absolute commitment is required
of a disciple. In Luke 14:33 Jesus said, So
likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that He has cannot be My disciple.
Disciples of Peter, Paul, Joseph or Benny
first century Judaism, each rabbi had their own disciples who were committed to sit
at their feet and learn. There were disciples of Hillel and disciples of Shammai.
Paul had been a disciple of the famous rabbi, Gamaliel. Even John the Baptist
had his own disciples.
the New Testament church, however, we do not find disciples of Peter, John or
Paul. We only find disciples of the Lord. The apostles all understood that
their commission was not to call people to themselves. They were to call people
to Jesus, and help them become His disciples.
Acts 20:29-30 Paul warned the elders of the church of Ephesus how that after
his departure false teachers would arise in their midst. A characteristic of
these false teachers would be their attempts, to draw away the disciples after themselves. We are not to draw
disciples after ourselves; we are to draw them to Jesus.
neither Jesus or Paul ever used the word “Christian.” In fact, it is found only
twice in the entire New Testament. Acts 11:26 reveals that “Christian” was a
word first used by outsiders in referring to the disciples of the Lord, because
their lives were so centered on Christ. It reads, And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.
the Christian Religion is Not Enough
Ramabai, the Mother of the Pentecostal Movement in India, was raised a devout
Hindu. While studying in England she converted to Christianity and became a
member of the Church of England.
according to her own testimony, she later realized that she had not been
converted to Christ, but had only changed her religion. She had accepted the
Christian religion with its outward, traditional forms, but had not become a
disciple of Christ.
was after she became a true disciple of Jesus that God used her to ignite a
great revival that included signs, wonders and speaking in tongues. This
revival, that began in the orphanage she founded in the city of Kadegaon, began
one year before the Azusa Street Revival in Los Angeles.
of the revival spread. American missionaries told of visiting this revival and
hearing young, illiterate Indian girls worshipping Jesus in fluent English. As
news of the revival increased, it became a great impetus for people in many
parts of the world to pray that God would send such a revival to their
in the Great Awakening
my book, Pilgrims and Patriots, I
document how America’s First Great Awakening was characterized by a call to
discipleship, even if they did not use the term. The preachers of the Awakening
called on the masses of colonial American to get rid of the “faulty
foundations” on which they had built their faith and turn completely to Jesus.
“faulty foundations” included church membership, social status, family
pedigree, cultural refinement and good deeds. In place of these, they called on
the people to take Jesus Christ as their only sure foundation and become His
emphasis led to a Christ-centered unity among the various ethnic and
denominational groups scattered throughout the colonies. In fact, a British-appointed
governor, Jonathan Trumbull, wrote to England and said, “If you ask an American
who is his master, he will tell you he has none, nor any governor but Jesus
Christ” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots,
Great Awakening thus prepared the American colonists for Independence by
breaking down the ethnic and doctrinal barriers through its emphasis on the
preeminence of Jesus Christ. The late Harvard professor, Perry Miller, said,
“The Declaration of Independence of 1776 was a direct result of the preaching
of the evangelists of the Great Awakening” (Hyatt, Pilgrims and Patriots, 108).
church today is a mission field populated with people who have become
“Christians” but have never been truly converted to Christ. Yes, there are Christians who are also disciples. But there are many, like Pandita Ramabai, who have accepted the Christian religion but have never been truly converted to Christ.
church must be awakened with the true Gospel message that is centered in Christ
and His call to discipleship. Only then will genuine revival and
Spiritual awakening once again visit this land.
This article is derived in part from Dr. Eddie Hyatt's book, Pilgrims and Patriots, available from Amazon and his website at www.eddiehyatt.com. Visit his website to find other books he has written and to read about his passion and vision for another Great Awakening in America and around the world.