Conferences vs Revival?CONFERENCES vs REVIVAL?
***TOM ASCOL, of the Flounders, says:
"One of the evidences of the doctrinal reformation that we are in is the proliferation of doctrinally sound conferences over the last two decades. Dozens of such conferences are held each year across the USA. Two years ago a friend counted over 50 that were scheduled within a 12 month span. While conferences are far from the the essence of reformation, they do provide something of a barometer to measure the growing interest in the doctrines of grace in our day."
I think Tom could have added that such conferences have come on the scene in relation to the demise of evangelistic revival meetings which brought so many souls to Christ during my lifetime. They seem to be a "barometer" of the lack of interest in such evangelistic meetings by those who are obsessed with "interest in the doctrines of grace in our day." I wonder, has Ascol ever had a Revival Meeting at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida?
Conferences, seminars, fellowships, etc. have indeed been plentiful the past few years, but why so few, if any, Revival meetings where an emphasis is placed on getting the Gospel to the ears of lost sinners? -- meetings during which Christians are urged to make an extra effort to witness to the lost and get lost relatives and friends to the meetings?
I was saved in such a meeting myself, and know many others who were saved in Revival meetings. I have yet to hear of a conference or seminar where lost souls were brought to Christ.
The true FOUNDERS of Southern Baptists were marked by the practice of an evangelism which included emphasis on Revival meetings. Modern professed "Founders" are known for "conferences."
***ANOTHER KNOCK AT THE "SINNER'S PRAYER" -- The Hybrid Calvinists have favorite targets at which they shoot their fiery darts from time-to-time. One is the "Sinner's Prayer," which receives some jostling on the strange "Strange Baptist Fire" blog.
For those who have not read it, you may like to read how C. H. Spurgeon used the "Sinner's Prayer" at his church in London.
Opposition to use of the "Sinner's Prayer" is one of the characteristics of Hybrid Calvinism.