Can, or does, sin prevent a revival?
Well, first, let’s be clear about what a revival is.
A revival is needed when something or someone that used to be alive is not dead. And, so, it is in need of a revival.
Christians around the world have been praying for a revival. Are they, by doing so, admitting that the church is dead – at least parts of it?
It is not hard to see that parts of the church (some believers) are not FRUITFUL. These will be pruned by the Vinedresser. Then, there are the parts of the church that, like the church at Sardis, “seem to be living but are dead” (Rev 3:1). In contrast to these, there are those who have “kept clean their robes” (verse 4). Hence, we know that sin is the cause of this deadness.
So, returning to the original question: “Can sin prevent a revival?” The answer is, No. On the contrary, sin is what make a revival a necessity.
Now that we’ve established that, let’s ask the follow up question: “How can the dead parts of the church be revived?”
To those who are close to being “dead”, the Spirit recommends the following: “Remember what you received and heard. Obey it, and repent.” (verse 3).
“What? No prayer meetings or revival meetings?”
Nope. It seems that revival is not the responsibility of God…but of the believer. Surprised?
I’m just saying…