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Reformed. Christianity. Evangelism. Modern Culture.
Revivals have been an elusive phenomenon in recent times. Pragmatism has hence has led men to wield the easy to achieve man-made winnowing fan of “revivalism” to substitute for the real outpouring. Speaking of modern day pragmatists who else can fill up a conference hall faster than Steve Furtick (who vehemently argues that Christians who attend his church searching for orthodox doctrinal teaching or expository preaching, discipleship and bible study are in the wrong place)?
Pastor Furtick’s “2012 Code Orange Revival” is being billed as the next big event. But the biggest surprise lies in the latest addition to the guest list (young, restless and reformed’s very own): Matt Chandler!
The rest of the list of speakers is quite interesting with everything from word of faith gurus to self esteem and motivational speakers.
The million dollar question you must be asking yourself is “What would Matt be doing at a feast prepared by Steven Furtick”? Is this ecumenical association a seedling germinated from John Piper’s controversial and ill advised association with purpose driven Rick Warren? Should we soon expect Paul Washer curtain raising in a Benny Hinn revival?
We all know what people call “revivals” these days – these are pack-a-pew weeklong social events with pandering prophets and bishops in colorful suits, special musicians, excitements and enticements to fill the building every night.
In short, these revivalisms are the victory of pragmatism over the authority of scripture. It is the explication of Charles Finney’s belief that means are neutral if ends are evangelistic, and that when sufficient means are employed, the desired results are insured.
I still don’t understand Matt Chandler’s intentions. Is he attending a meeting to so as to spring an evangelistic opportunity onto Steve Furtick’s bible study starved audience or is this a subtle show of support to his new found celebrity alliance across the pond?
I wish I had answers for all these concerns.