David Barton thinks a “revival” is going on right under your nose!
Author and “historian” David Barton recently appeared on the Jim Bakker show to discuss a revival that he thought was going on right under our noses.
I’m going to be honest here. David Barton irritates me from the get-go because he perpetuates the myth that the good ole’ US of A is – and has always been – a Christian nation, the idolatrous fixtures at the capitol are just for decoration and the early Freemasons were not really as bad as the modern day Freemasons.
He’s your basic shill for those who want you to believe the currently accepted rendering of history.
Nonetheless, I really do try to watch these videos with an open mind. However, the more partial truths I hear coming from the Charismatic cronies, the more I find it difficult to hold back.
You see, within the “half-truth” is where the deception lies.
Most can’t see it — perhaps David Barton himself is so brainwashed that he also is unaware – but he is employing a well-worn tactic that seems bold and edgy, but its end goal is the promotion and proliferation of the existing Christian paradigm – even if the truth gets warped and perverted in the process.
They are willing to pervert the truth that they claim to uphold because – to them – it is a necessity.
Their worshipers must be fed what they want because, in the end, it is the worshipers who allow them to continue to live the lavish lifestyles they are accustomed to.
Empty Authority Produces … Nothing
In order to recognize this subtle yet deadly deception, you have to be willing to look beneath the surface. This involves the risk of looking “judgmental” to others, but that’s to be expected in today’s church landscape.
If you want to know the truth, the reason why deception has taken such a strong foothold in our congregations is that people have disdained and abandoned true discernment in favor of a faux “Judge not, lest ye be judged” philosophy.
But let’s return to the tactic being used in this video.
When speakers appear on TBN or speak at a conference, they have to establish some kind of authority in the eyes of their listeners.
One way they do this is to catch the audience off-guard by saying something against a commonly held belief.
David Barton does this by announcing that he doesn’t really want to go by the Christian “label” anymore – in fact, he doesn’t even like the term (something I definitely agree with). He follows up with a series of statistics and even a little “defecation” reference – which further reinforces the idea that David Barton is not your average speaker.
The listener now prepares him/herself for some new revelation or maybe a little spiritual “swat to the bottom.” I mean, the guy just had the guts to speak against the system, so he obviously has some fresh revelation from God, right?
Already, the hungry listener esteems the one speaking and mentally places him in a place of admiration.
The listeners are thinking “Oooooo, here it comes!” and brace themselves for impact. But a rebuke never comes and the “fresh revelation” further supports the paradigm in everyone’s minds.
This is just another form of entertainment – titillating to the senses and stimulating to the mind.
But the truth is, David Barton isn’t really going to rebuke the listener. And the listener doesn’t really want to be rebuked.
Both speaker and listener really want things to remain the same.
Still . . . they really are enjoying the masquerade.
Swat! … That Didn’t Hurt!
When you think about it, the situation is very similar to a child being spanked by a mother who doesn’t want to correct her kid.
Come on, we’ve all seen them in the supermarket.
The kid screams, kicks and puts on a show. The mother is thinking, “I sure hope junior doesn’t hate me after this!” or “With today’s laws, I don’t want to get in trouble with the authorities!”
And junior is thinking “This doesn’t really hurt. I can’t wait to get out of here so I can go back to goofing off!”
Just like that mother who lacks the backbone to discipline her child, this “edgy information” lacks any real substance. When the rubber meets the road, nobody’s life is changed. Nobody repents. Everyone thinks the same way they did before entering the television studio.
The charade continues and Jim Bakker loves to have it that way. His only concern is that you buy his latest survival product. If you take the bait, he gets what he wants.
So he lets David Barton continue with the fabrication, and people listen eagerly to those who appear to know what they are talking about.
But soon after the “spiritual spanking” ceases, David gives the audience the coddling that they have all been waiting for.
Indirectly, he assures them that, even though the revival is occurring right under their noses, they will eventually reap the benefits of said revival.
I know I’ve been tough on you, but everything is just fine! We’re all good people and God’s not really THAT upset with you. Come on over here and let mommy kiss your boo boos.
This has become the new “modus operandi” of the modern-day prophets and teachers.
They are becoming more and more aware that even the most dull-minded Christians are starting to recognize them as greasy-grace, money-mongering cons. Because some of their flock is starting to awaken, they have to change their delivery in order to accommodate this awareness and still be able to make a profit.
So they’ve “turned over a new leaf” and are now delivering “spiritual spankings” to an audience who is starting to realize that discipline is sorely lacking in their faith.
Unfortunately, this “discipline” leaves no “mark” on the spirit and the audience lulls itself back to sleep fully convinced that – since they are now listening to “edgy” teachers who are willing to deviate from the norm a little – they are receiving the much-needed discipline.
And the cons have the audacity to point the finger at Joseph Prince or another nebulous group of “false prophet/teachers,” claiming that THEY (the cons) have the true “Word from God” and that you better watch out for these evil people who would draw you away from the Word, which they (the cons) are all too happy to teach you . . . for a fee.
Which begs this question: How do Charisma magazine and TBN have the right to preach against false prophets and teachers (like Joseph Prince, Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton, etc.) when they are the very organizations that support them?
But I digress again . . . let’s get back to real revival.
The Definition of True Revival
Thanks to well-known Christian icons (like Billy Graham) who have “paved the way,” Barton, Bakker and the rest of the Charismatic faithful have defined “revival” as everyone walking down the aisle, saying the sinner’s prayer and asking Jesus into their hearts, accompanied by glorious signs and wonders.
The Bible says something different.
At the core of every reference to revive, reviving, revival, etc in the Bible is the Hebrew word “chayah”  which basically means “to make alive.”
Being “made alive” is always associated with obedience to His Word. “The man after YHWH’s own heart,” said:
Deal bountifully with Your servant, that I may live (chayah) and keep Your word. Open my eyes, that I may see wondrous things from Your law (torah).
My soul clings to the dust; Revive me (chayah) according to Your word.
Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things, and revive me (chayah) in Your way (derek).
Behold, I long for Your precepts; Revive me (chayah) in Your righteousness.
This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life. (chayah)
Let Your tender mercies come to me, that I may live (chayah); for Your law (torah) is my delight.
Living in obedience to the Word of YHWH always requires a turning from our ways (derek) to His ways (derek) or, in other words, to “shuwb.”
“Shuwb” is a verb (an action word) that means to turn from your ways and turn to YHWH’s ways. 
Strangely enough, your regular modern day christian believes that YHWH’s ways have “evolved” – or even “morphed” – into something different, once Yeshua died on the cross.
In effect, this makes our “unchangeable” God . . . change.
The cold, hard truth is:
He made known His ways (derek) to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
These are the very same ways (derek) that David, “the man after YHWH’s own heart,” strove to know.
Show me Your ways (derek), O LORD; teach me Your paths.
These are the very same ways that we are to teach the world.
Then I will teach transgressors Your ways (derek), and sinners shall be converted “shuwb” to You.
Do you see how that works out?
True revival is nothing more and nothing less than people turning back “shuwb” to YHWH’s ways (derek) laid out from the beginning. It is people turning back “shuwb” to the ways (derek) of the Kingdom.
Knowing this information, we have to ask the question:
If we’re not turning back to the ways (derek) of the kingdom – the ways (derek) shown to Moses – what are we turning to?
Think about it.
You can read more here: Why Revival REALLY Tarries
Our vocabulary has been hijacked.
The misuse and abuse of the term “revival” is only one instance of many where our vocabulary (and by extension our understanding) has been completely hijacked.
I have to admit that I get REALLY frustrated when I see “believers” attempt to use “biblical” terms (grace, love, revival, etc.) in our modern setting. Each word has been completely depleted of meaning, transforming every attempt to use each religious sounding phrase into a well-intentioned “half-truth,” at best.
Believe it or not, even our definition for “the Word of God” has been twisted to mean to the Bible.
. . . and I know that last statement probably made 90% of you mad.
You have to listen . . . our “scriptural vocabulary” has been hacked, and we go along like nothing is the matter. It’s ingrained into our psyches from years of growing up in standard “church” culture.
Alexander the Great (who was a student of Aristotle, who was a student of Plato, who was a student of Socrates) would often show mercy to conquered kingdoms – if the leader surrendered – on the condition that Hellenism (the Greek philosophy and mindset) would be allowed into the conquered society.
The Greek mindset – which stood diametrically opposed to anything Hebrew – would inevitably take over any society to which it was introduced.
Check out my “Unmasking the Python Spirit” series for more information on this. Charisma magazine doesn’t dare write the truth about this “spirit.”
As Hellenism was gradually introduced, people no longer saw things the same. Religious viewpoints changed. Communication changed.
And, with each successive generation, slight modifications were adopted from the prior generation and further morphed until the original meanings were lost.
This is even happening today.
Think of the term “gay.” Less than 100 years ago, “gay” meant “happy” – now look at it.
What about the term “bad?” Around 30 years ago, “bad” meant . . . “bad” – now people think Michael Jackson!
Do you see how quickly a word can lose its meaning?
But we’ve had close to 2,000 years – 4,000 if you dare to include the Tanakh – to lose track of the meaning of words that contribute to the core values of our faith!
And the hucksters and “scholars” have taken full advantage of it, in order to spread their paradigm.
It appears that the vast majority of churchgoers never really look into these things – it’s too “inconvenient,” or they don’t have the time or perhaps they just don’t know where to start.
The few that do only look at material written by those, like Barton, who have a vested interest in keeping things within the existing framework.
If, in their pursuit of truth, they happen to come upon information that conflicts with the faith they know, they are very hesitant to say anything – even to their closest friends – because the cost would be great.
The fear of excommunication is a powerful obstacle.
And just because you may label yourself “Hebrew Roots” doesn’t mean you have overcome this fear, either. I know many Hebrew Roots people who may have had a revelation of Torah, but who still think and talk Greek, chafing at the idea of getting too far “out of line.”
Do you really think God will change for you?
Although it’s not spoken outright, the truth is that most people actually BELIEVE that they can change YHWH’s mind with their own ideas on how to understand Him and relate to Him.
And I’m no different from any of you. I’m continually running into situations where I have to adjust my thinking. The truth hurts – especially if it involves us changing our ways (shuwb)!
How many of us REALLY believe that YHWH doesn’t change? Seriously . . . do you really believe that truth?
For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
That’s a pretty cut-and-dried statement.
So, if we believe that, what makes us think we can change Him?
It’s simple. We can’t.
So the only other option is to ignore those who would want us to adopt their way of seeing things and adopt His higher ways.
The Word says:
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways (derek) My ways (derek),” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways (derek) higher than your ways (derek), and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
But it also says:
Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: “Amend your ways (derek) and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Do not trust in these lying words, saying, ‘The temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD, the temple of the LORD are these.’ For if you thoroughly amend your ways (derek) and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbor…”
The children of Israel felt that they were entitled to God’s mercy and grace because of His Temple residing in their midst. They counted on Him overlooking their “ways” (derek) but God was calling on them to change their ways so that they would line up to His “ways” (derek).
He was calling on them to “shuwb.”
And so the same call comes to us today.
We need to face that fact that He’s not going to make an exception for our hermeneutics, our biases, our tendencies or our denomination.
If there is going to be a “revival,” it’s going to be a turning of hearts to His “ways” (derek), not a marvelous show of strobe lights, signs and wonders.
And if we are going to relate to YHWH, we will do so on His terms, according to His ways . . . not ours.
 H2421 – chayah – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H2421&t=KJV
 H7725 – shuwb – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H7725&t=KJV
 H1870 – derek – Strong’s Hebrew Lexicon (KJV). (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H1870&t=KJV