FOR CHURCH REVIVAL
What is this
Why should there be a movement at all for church revival?
Is not the present church holy?
Did it become stale and static?
Are not the Christians living according to the word of God?
Is Salvation absent among the souls?
Aren`t not the leaders
happy with their churches?
Aren`t the church members happy
with their Shepherds?
Isn`t God happy with the present church?
Church Background :
The Early Church started at the Feast of Pentecost 2000 years
ago. Since then, the church has been progressing. It survived
so many tribulations and onslaughts. As the Holy Spirit undertook
the church expansion, the disciples were scattered throughout
the four corners of the world. Several doctrines came out
from the word of God. And several Mainline Churches were established
to further their doctrines.
As for India, in addition
to the mainline churches, there are several other Localised
and Independent churches in various parts. The Christian Movement
in India started as early as first century with the arrivial
of one of the twelve disciples .i.e., Thomas. His endeavours
started from the South of India. The British entered India
somewhere after 1600 and with them started the advent of Missionaries.
The present day mainline churches in India were started not
more then 200 years ago. Today, the Independant Churches,
called Fellowships have been posing a great threat to the
mainline churches attracting great number of conventional
christians as well as youth. The reason for their advent and
growth may be due to their priority to the Word of GOD. Inspite
of this, the Mainline Churches outnumber every other church
in church-membership as they command 80% of the total christian
Is the Church in India needs Revival?
The answer is ‘yes.’ The reasons are numerous
1. Most of the Mainline Churches have become conventional.
They follow doctrines, which are not according to the Word
2. They follow traditions and customs, which are not found
in the Word of God.
3. Most of the Church members attend only on Festival occasions.
4. Most of the Church Elders do not have the experience of
5. Most of the Churches have become business establishments.
6. There is no awareness at all that Christian life is a holy
life, one has to leave the sinful nature and one has to live
according to the Word of God.
7. The Churches look excellent, there are sprawling campuses,
the activities look systematic and the people look dignified
but true Christian life is absent in most of the Churches.
8. For majority of the Pastors, preaching has become a profession
and a breadwinner. They teach the people traditions and customs
, support the people even when they live and act against the
Word of God. Most of the Pastors are afraid to correct the
Congregation. They have no courage to condemn sin.
9. Most of the Non-Christians accept that Jesus is the True
God but when they see the life of several Christians, they
wonder why Christians behave so worldy. Thus, the Christian
Community was failing to attract OTHERS into the true faith.
10. So, Church-Going has become a tradition for most of the
people, and they became conventional without Christ in their
What is the
There is an urgent need to stir up the people through the
Word of God. This needs much fasting and prayer. A generation
cannot be born in a day. The present church in India should
come out of wrong doctrines, heathen traditions, routine church
activities and leadership disputes.
The Christians in Indian population
are only 3% but out of this 3% what is the number of born-again
Christians? God alone knows.
The Goals Needed:
1. A Strong Prayer movement is needed
to tackle this problem.The Christian World has forgotten the
importance and power of prayer. This needs immediate follow-up.
2. The Leaders, the Pastors, the Evangaliest and the Church
Elders should first obey and understand the Word of God, should
come out from man made doctrines and should become wise and
be able to condemn the gentile traditions and customes. A
great campaign is needed to convince them and a great movitation
to work for the dying souls.
3. The heathen practices, traditions, customs that crept into
Christianity should be exposed, fought out and weeded out
from the Christian life.
4. The people should be stirred up to live according to the
Word of God.
5. The people should also know how the Holy Spirit works in
them when they obey the Word of God.
6 . Conducting massive crusades both in mainland and interiors
should be an on-going process. Even Street Meetings and door-to-door
contacts would bring potential results.
7 . During the process, it is noticed that the Children’s
Ministry will be an important medium to spearhead
8. The role of Literature should be given equal importance
starting with Bible Study Centers, printing of Books, Tracts
on the Word of God.
9. The establishment of Bible Colleges to prepare committed
and sacrificing youth to proclaim the living Word of God.
10. The Spirit of Revival should kindle unlighted areas in
every heart of a Pastor, Layman and this flame should go to
every physical unlighted area.
Movement For Church Revival.
How Was It Started?
Way back in nineties, a group of saved
Christian brothers and sisters started preaching the Word
of God in several congregations to light up their hearts.
Soon it was found that the people were entangled in various
doctrines. Some people do not accept and understand the power
of the Holy Spirit, some say Baptism is not needed, others
say Lord’s table is not very important, strangely some
say that ‘Hallelujah’ should not be uttered in
In this mess, the
place for the Word of God is lost. Funny doctrines, man-made
customs, church elections, groupisms, convenient preachings,
lavish festivals polluted the Christian minds. The Christians
have turned to material things and has forgotten their fundamental
obligation that they should be separated from the world and
to lead a Holy Life according to the Scriptures. Thus, one
can surely say that 90% of the Indian Christians are conventional
and they are without experience of Salvation.
The Local Pastors
have lost their strength and courage to correct the people
to live according to the Word of God. The saddest thing is
that the Pastors are compelled to oblige the congregation
in every respect and have no voice to condemn the sins.
This alarming situation compelled
us to start a movement to revive the Christian Community.
We know it is a gigantic task; we know it needs long nights
of prayer; we know that there will be a lot of opposition,
resistance and resentment.
Thus, this movement
was started during the year 1998. Ever since, a band of Pastors
and believers have been fighting against the traditionalism,
customs and heathen traditions. Numerous crusades have been
conducted even in interior places and during these days, we
could see the fruits of this revival. Several Adult and Children
camps have been organized not only to spiritualise the children
but to impact their parents, on how the Word of God works
in persons and families. This movement heavily depends on
Fasting Prayers, All Night Prayers, All Day Prayer meetings
and Prayer Bands. It is necessary to make a very humble statement
that some of the God’s Servants of this movement undertook
sincere fasting for 40 days to attain this goal. As the Holy
Spirit compelled us, all the God’s Servants have started
a 21-Day Fasting, one after another from November 2003. A
Great War on nominalism has thus been launched.