(Sean Michael Lucas) Throughout the centuries, pastors have tried to understand what God is doing in their congregations. Sometimes, there have been periods of dryness and deadness when there has seemed to be little interest in God’s Word, even among those who claim to be Christians. But at other times, there have been periods of “great awakening” when God has seemed to be on the move, when people have experienced intense spiritual interest, and when revival has seemed to be all around.
It was at those times that pastors offered guidelines or marks that might help them and others distinguish true conversions from false conversions and thus true revival from false revival. In our own time, when so much is presented under the name of gospel-centered Christianity, when large groups of people are gathered and then dispersed when the charismatic leader passes from the scene, we still need for understanding what is true. How do we go about testing the spirits of those to whom we minister?
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