David Barton recently appeared on the Jim Bakker show and talked about an elusive “revival” that was supposed to be occurring right under our noses. But is revival really happening or are we just looking for the wrong signs? After all these years, do we even know what “revival” means?
Statistics say that 40-50% of all marriages end in divorce. This is supposed to be true in the world AND in the church. Why? I’ll give you a hint. It’s not the fault of the Women’s Liberation Movement, Hollywood or even “the Spirit of Jezebel.” It’s not because of “the Great Falling Away.” The blame lies much closer to home fellas. Put on your big boy pants … this is gonna hurt. Are you man enough to take it?
The influence of Python in the Greco-Roman world was greatly enhanced by the expansion of Hellenism (Greek philosophy, culture, values). This worldview stands diametrically opposed to the concrete truth of YHWH’s commands and greatly affects not only the way we see the world, but also our view of worship.
Most well-known church fathers will go down in history as those who shaped what is considered Orthodox Christianity and as martyrs for the Christian faith, but a closer inspection of their own words will reveal something quite different.
Without studying the history of their faith, most Christians assume that, after the book of Acts and the death of the original apostles, the faith was carried forward without issue and remained doctrinally the same. Nothing could be further from the truth.