Editorial -- By: Anonymous
BSac 104:413 (Jan 47) p. 1
Look We for a Revival?
Not a few of God’s saints are skeptical whether there will be another revival in the church in view of the predicted apostasy of the last days. Before any conclusions are reached, it would be well to define what a revival is. If it means vast throngs listening to the truth of the gospel, what is true today in the world far surpasses anything in past generations. The radio is now taking the gospel into homes where it could never have gone before. Radio is easily God’s way of calling out the Church in the last days. If a revival means to return to the methods and means used by Moody and Finney in their day, it is probable that no such experiences will be repeated. More people who need to hear it hear the gospel every day than either Moody or Finney ever dreamed of preaching to in their lifetime. We should be grateful for the immense ministry of the gospel reaching out over the air.
In its scope and general character, Protestant students of theology have felt themselves too much bound by the Reformation. There has been far too little freedom to discover the boundless truth of God’s Word. Probably no greater oversight is to be credited to theologians generally than that of failing to distinguish between Judaism and Christianity. Among modern Bible expositors, of course, it is common to distinguish between law and grace and between Israel and the Church. However, the real distinction, which reaches out the farthest in its complications, is between Judaism and Christianity. It is true that both of these systems are found in the one book, the Bible, and that each incorporates truth respecting God, man, sin, and redemption. But these similarities do not constitute these two
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systems one and the same. There is much in the law code of Great Britain which is similar to that of the United States, but this does not constitute the two countries the same. Bible study and understanding of God’s truth really begin when one distinguishes between Judaism and Christianity. By no means is Judaism out of existence. It is in abeyance and has been for 1, 900 years. It still has very much to be fulfilled, nevertheless, and an eschatology as extensive as that of Christianity.
Lewis Sperry Chafer
What always refreshes the child of God as he studies the Word is that it is not only timeless in its message, but timely as well. In the sixteenth chapter of the Book of Numbers we read the familiar and yet heart-breaking account of Korah, a man of influence and power, who rallied to himself no less than two hundred and fifty princes of the congregation, men of renown, in order to oppose and defy the God-given authority of Moses...
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