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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 6, 2011 - The Church Must Rise

By Ken Horn

The economy is shot. Marriage as an institution is threatened. Abortion continues to cruelly take the lives of unborn children. Morals seem to be at an all-time low. Television and movies spew filth. Subcultures glorify sin.

What is a Christian to do? Is there an answer to the overwhelming challenges our society faces today?

Yes, there is: The Church must rise.

When our nation has been challenged by such circumstances in the past, the Church has risen to reverse the course.

Such was the case in the early 1800s, when the revival known as the Second Great Awakening closed taverns and houses of ill repute, introducing multitudes to a genuine relationship with Christ. New converts launched benevolent causes, both official and unofficial; Christians addressed the sin of slavery by fortifying the Underground Railroad, the system that served as an escape route for slaves prior to the Civil War. Today’s “slavery” issue is abortion.

The Prayer Meeting Revival shook the U.S. in 1857-58. Of this revival, George E. Morgan wrote in 1908, “The visitation of the Spirit first taught afresh the lesson of the New Birth; then, living faith was translated into good works, multiplying on every hand and producing worldwide results. A host of zealous converts carried the message of Divine love and practical sympathy into the darkest abodes of human woe.” Converts cleaned up slums, founded hospitals, exposed the plight of those in sweat shops, improved the lot of prisoners and founded scores of other philanthropic organizations.

Whenever sin has abounded, the Church has risen and grace has abounded much more (Romans 5:20).

The answer to today’s sin and misery is not “a church must rise.” It is “the Church” must rise. The Church Universal, composed of all believers, all who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, must rise, get hold of God, put on the whole armor of God, and batter the gates of hell.

Our nation needs us. The Church must rise.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (khorn.agblogger.org).

 

 

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