"Reformed" or "Revived"? Why Words Matter

Thursday, 02 Aug 2007

While effective preaching for revivalists is that form of communication that shows the presence and power of God in the preacher's life, for the reformers it is a sermon that conforms to the truth of God's Word no matter whether the pastor believes or conversions follow from it.
Was the Protestant Reformation a revival? If we define revivalism as a dramatic increase in new converts and an increased zeal on the part of believers to live godly lives, then the Reformation was at least an urban revival in the sense that it took root and changed church life in a number of Northern European cities. And if we add that genuine revivals usually include a recovery of the Gospel in the context of a church that has substituted human wisdom for God's Word, then again the Protestant Reformation qualifies as a revival. Looking at the Reformation ...

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