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LOCK-UP: How does one do Missional Ministry Among Kats doing 25yrs to LIFE?

Posted by Gabriel (G²) on June 16, 2008

LOCK-UP: How does one do Missional Ministry Among Kats doing 25yrs to LIFE?

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Luke 4:14-21/Isaiah 61
14Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18″The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a] 20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him, 21and he began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”

The question should speak for itself, but I was very curious as to how one would go about dealing with this subject……because in all honesty, it seems to be a subject that’s very often ignored when it comes to helping people out.

Even for those saying “We’re seeking to be missional/relevant to the youths of our day so we’ll learn their language” or “We want to get the gospel onto the streets/in the cities so we’ll move there”, it just occured to me recently that there’s often a group of folks who seem to get left out of the equation:

JAIL-BIRDS

When it comes to people in jail, it’s amazing seeing how DIVERSE THINGS are. Some are there truly out of innocence, others for being wrongfully accused of a crime. Some have been locked up awaiting a trial where they can have things set right, but due to the way many jail systems are set up, they remain there for YEARS…..without ever having the chance to get those years back. Adding to that, many times people on the outside may automatically assume that they’re in prision because they must’ve done something wrong, consequently resulting in many of them being shunned/pre-judged and having people not wanting anything to do with them. Some are there due to immigration laws where they’re locked up (And not they, but their children—-).

Others, though, are there for things that’re more “blue-collar” crimes like embezzelment, stealing, not paying taxes, etc…but others who’re there for things that are pretty hard-core, like RAPE, MURDER, INCEST, DRUG-TRAFFICKING, GANG VIOLENCE, etc). And on top of that, the diversity of people within prision having to deal with a myriad of issues, ranging from things such as hostile environments to poor medicare/healthcare within state prisions, bad jailers who often keep prisioners within a mindset prone for staying/as opposed to encouraging them toward rehabilation due to things like allegations of corruption and abuse, and other things. And many of those within prision are those who’re BELIEVERS—whether it be those who’re innocently placed there or others who did crimes but repented within prision and are now seeking to passionately serve the Lord.

All that said, it’d seem that this is just as much of an area to reach people in as it would be with those either in the surburbs or the Urban City—

Had a conversation with one kat who used to be in prision but is now an evangelist for the Gospel..and I asked him when he was in prision for murder, how many people from the church came to visit him. His response was hardly any……and when I asked him does it make a difference, he made clear that it means so much when people come and visit. For it lets those know that someone’s on the outside thinking of them—and that despite their mess-ups and feeling like no one could ever love them that they’re TRULY LOVED. Don’t know about ya’ll, but That made a serious mark on me–and even moreso when thinking about how it must be for many of the prisioners within that may turn on the Christians Network on T.V and see God moving somehow in a church somewhere but they feel as if they’ll never be able to participate in what God’s doing for years to come.

It has become more and more intriguing to me whenever I hear of folks saying how much they’d like to do youth ministry but yet they could care less about those on the inside who’re death row….or how some will often preach Christ AND claim “I GOTTA KEEP IT REAL” and then on the same token say of those who have commited crimes of a SEVERE DEGREE “I hope they GET WHAT’S COMING TO THEM!!!!! THEY DESERVE DEATH”……and never a kind word spoken to them at all despite how all of our sin’s worthy OF DEATH—-ESPECIALLY THAT OF FAILING TO LOVE OUR NEIGHBOR AS OUR OURSELVES. Even if it meant a simple visit, many believers won’t even do that much—or even pray, despite how the early church did things:

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Acts 12:5
So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.

To me, it’s odd that many Charismatics wish to see the gifts of the Spirit/GOD’S POWER exercised within a church service on the streets during an open-air evangelism event or within the walls of a church,…………but within the walls of a jailhouse or where believers remain there, it never occurss to many how one could actually go about encouraging it. It’d be awesome to see events happen in prisions such as they did within the book of Acts with Believers today. Remember Paul and Silas?:

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Acts 16:22-40
22The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten. 23After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. 24Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. 26Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody’s chains came loose. 27The jailer woke up, and when he saw the prison doors open, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself because he thought the prisoners had escaped. 28But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!”

29The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. 30He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”
31They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” 32Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. 33At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his family were baptized. 34The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God—he and his whole family.

In any case, if one were to seek to be missional toward kats within this group, how would you go about doing it? And for that matter, on a consistent basis? Moreover, how would one present the Gospel to them—or show the love/truth of Christ where they’re at, seeing that many of them will never make it out.? Are there any stories you know of where the Gifts of the Spirit have been encouraged within a jail house and have been RELEASED among the prisioners so that God’s Glory can be seen there?

Are there any notable CHARISMATIC ministries that do so and who are they? And how do they go about releasing/adressing the Gifts of the Spirit listed in I Corinthians12—especially things such as prophecy/healings—within there so that God can be known?

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Matthew 25:34-40
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?‘ 40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’b

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Matthew 18:28-35
28 “But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet[] and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’[] 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

35 “So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”[

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Matthew 5:7

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
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Matthew 5:43-48
Love for Enemies
43″You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[h] and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you: Love your enemies[i] and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:27-36
Love for Enemies
27″But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32″If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. f

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Galatians 6:10
10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.
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Titus 3

Doing What is Good

1Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

3At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. 4But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, 5he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, 6whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. 8This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone.
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To be clear, The gifts of the Spirit have functioned in many prisons fellowships that I have been aware of. In the Louisiana Angol Prison they have a thriving prison fellowship run by the prisoners themselves. The only time they are limited in their worship is during the prison sponsored chaplain services. Those that come from the outside such as Prison Fellowship Intl. are free to function how they see fit.

  

      Also, This may be a bit of a tangent, BUT most people keeping up with the news are aware of what’s happening with FLORIDA and TODD BENTLY—-and how many are rushing down there for healings/wonders and seeing God. But all the talk of the Revival taking place in Florida (TODD BENTLY), as well as numerous other revivals, has had me buggin a bit—specifically, seeing that there’s indeed much excitment over the healings/wonders done there for the Gospel and calling it “THE GREATEST REVIVAL THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN “(as well as comparisons to things like Brownsville, Welsh and Pentecostal revivals alongside Azusa Street, British Revivals as seen in Charismatic Renewal In Britain: Roots, Influences And Later Developments – Rev Dr David Hilborn,)….. but interestingly enough no one seemed to be acting as excited when other things of the Lord were happening that seem COMMONPLACE/LESS “GLAMOROUS” (PRISON BEING THE MOST SIGNIFICANT EXAMPLE)—-or rushing to those areas where things counter to what’s happening in Florida weren’t happening

According to I Corinthians 12 1 Corinthians 12 , these are the 9 gifts/manifestations of the HS:

I Corinthians 12:8-10
a. The word of wisdom
b. The word of knowledge
c. Faith
d. Gifts of healing
e. Working of miracles
f. Prophecy
g. Discerning of spirits
h. Different kinds of tongues
i. Interpretation of tongues

Going alongside that (including those of the arts, as Exodus 30:35, Exodus 35:30-32 & Exodus 31:2-4 says), here are the other job qualifications that fall into the arena:

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I Corinthians 12:27-29
7Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets,
third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. 29Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues[a]? Do all interpret?
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Continuing, these are the other Scriptures dealing with the issue (revealing things like the gift of mercy, serving, teaching, benevolence/meeting the needs of others, generous giving, encouraging, leadership, mercy and serving):
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Romans 12/ Romans 12
4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
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I Peter 4

10Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. 11If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
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Have you ever thought it interesting that the gifts of the Spirit that seem less like “Sign Gifts” are often seen moreso in the prisons than with other things—like Gifts of HEalings, Words of Knowledge, miracles/wonders—–and those things which are “Sign Gifts’ seem to happen moreso on the Mission Field or in a Revival……while in prisons, it almost seems that gifts of administration or encouraging, gifts of being aable to help others, contributing to the needs of others, generous giving, leadership, serving, & showing mercy seem to get CENTER STAGE more often (though by no means are gifts like healings/miracles and wonders EXCLUDED from ever happening since there are instances where they’ve happened—-and prophecy should be persued by ALL).

    ……Moreover, Why is it that those things which are known as SIGN GIFTS (i.e. Words of Knowledge, Healings, Working Wonders, etc) seem to get more attention and wherever they’re at, people say revival’s TRULY THERE…..and yet in those other areas where things like mercy, benevolence and leadership are taking place EXCEPTIONALLY well people act as if that’s LESS OF A REVIVAL or SOMETHING WORTH TAKING SIGNIFICANT NOTICE/INVESTMENT in?
__________________For more info, should you get the chance, these audio sermons may bless ya (from Sovereign Grace Ministries), as they precisely deal with what you’re describing:
The Non-Spectacular Gifts
Many Gifts, One Spirit – Josh Harris

Yet many people would diss this—and for those who’re CHARISMATIC, what’s sadly been the case is that for many unless one’s in a camp with an explicit “Charismatic” label or background, folks won’t work with it—-as if those who’re not Charismatic have “LESS” of the Spirit of God or His power at work in their lives). You could be Presbyterian for all I know or care, but as long as your heart’s set on Matthew 25/loving your neighbor as yourself, that’s enough evidence of the Spirit of God at work for me….and in any case, people try to often duplicate the Spirt but never realizing one cannot recreate the “Fruit of It” (Galatians 5:16-25).
        Again, it  truly does seem odd to me that those things which Jesus said meant the world to Him do seem to get belittled very often in the lives of those attending things like that in Florida–how much praise and focus goes to things like this?:
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Matthew 5:7
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Matthew 5:43-48

Luke 6:27-36, ON LOVING ONE’S ENEMIES…..

Matthew 25:34-40

37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?‘ 40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’b

Galatians 6:10
10Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.

Titus 3
Doing What is Good
1Remind the people to be subject to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready to do whatever is good, 2to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and to show true humility toward all men.

Someone happens to not be Charismatic (like those similar to Macarther/others that’re Cessationists)…..and yet they’re out there doing those things Jesus did. Why would that be less of the SPIRIT OF GOD? Or something we shouldn’t run to as easily as many are going to in FLORIDA? For another example, someone recommened to me a ministry run by a Conservative Evangelicals named Chuck Colson. His ministry is not really charismatic but I don’t think they are against it either. They are interdenominational and not tied to any one group. Chuck went to prison during the 70’s as part of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration, locked up for several years where he got saved and started this ministry after being released…..and many of his other stances are things which other Charismatics stand for (plus the fact that many of his actions are gifts listed in I Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, such as the gift of Mercy and Leadership and Administration. )

I greatly appreciate the work he does, seeing that Colson’s later life has been spent working with the organization devoted to prison ministry called PRISON FELLOWSHIP ( Prison Fellowship )

  • Promoting faith-based prisons to promoting the principles of restorative justice (i.e. an approach to justice focusing on healing broken relationships, repairing the damage done by crime, and restoring the offender to a meaningful role in society, etc),
  • stimulated dialogue between victims and offenders in order to facilitate reconciliation,
  • Assisting children and families of prisoners…
  • Post-prison support through the giving of small start-up loans to qualifying ex-prisoners to enable them to start small businesses–providing a means for them to support their families and lead a productive life within the community

 

Again, I was HIGHLY impressed—as this seems to be a premier example of simple CHRISTIAN LIVING among those who’re often most forgotten in societytaking the “Gospel of Christ to their side of the street” and seeking to make sure they’re taken care of. It was also refreshing to see the Wilberforce Forum and seeing the Christian Worldview/Advocacy aspect of the ministry, as well as seeing the justice reform efforts done through Justice Fellowship (Justice Fellowship website). Yet how many Charismatics were celebrating the work God was doing through this individual and treating that with the SAME EXCITMENT AS MANY DO WITH FLORIDA? As someone once told me, The gifts of the Spirit have functioned in many prisons fellowships that he was aware of. In the Louisiana Angol Prison they have a thriving prison fellowship run by the prisoners themselves. How much press does this get by many today, irregardless of whether one’s Charismatic or Not?

Being Black Hispanic, it has always been a passion of mine to find ways to make the Gospel CONTEXUALIZED for those on the streets (, (Does anyone here know of any MINORITY/BLACK Emerging Leaders existing?.-TRIBAL CHARISMATIC: Contexualizing the Gospel/Spiritual Gifts among American Indians? —and yet honestly, it was bothersome to me seeing how many of these great healings/wonders in Florida were predominately WHITE CULTURE—-and not much of that’s seen in many Black/Minority Churches that I’m aware of. The issues they deal with are more radical, IMHO, and yet when it comes to those things which all Christians can do such as social work like helping someone pay the rent due to low minimum wage, being a father to the fatherless, visiting those in prision,,  and other issues common to minorities, there seems to be less excitment/activism. I haven’t gone to Florida yet, but for me it’s frustrating since there’s enough trouble in Social Work trying to aid those on the streets/Urban Culture….and yet whenever I talk of something God did in that avenue, people seem less passionate for that as I am. Or they’ll say “Well, that’s good and all…..man, Florida’s A TRIP ISN’T IT??!!”.For me, what demonstrates true REVIVAL is that one’s faithful to love the Lord and to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR (Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-40)? and that they’re also faithful to this:

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James 1
27Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Even though I don’t doubt much of what’s happening in Florida with the miracles/wonders are of God, I still have some serious reservations about what happens afterward….for for the purpose behind all of God’s miracles was to INCREASE PEOPLE’S ATTENTION of the GOSPEL and to DO GOOD AMONG MEN (I Corinthians 2 & Acts 2:22, and especially Acts 2:40-47 since that shows a pattern of the FRUIT following any wonders the Apostles did, where people were being added to a community of Believers where the church devoted herself to God and each other through prayer, fellowship, hospitality and radical acts of generousity–with concern for the physical welfare of its poorest members, even if this means others have to sacrifice and give a great deal—being clearly demonstrated. As GENEROUS GIVING.COM said on the issue:

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When believers live in true Christian community, their generosity should visibly set them apart from all other communities. This generosity, which results from the Holy Spirit’s work in believers’ hearts, is an essential aspect of genuine Christian community. In fact, when the apostle Paul describes what true Christian fellowship (koinonia in Greek) looks like, he calls it the partnership of giving and receiving (Philippians 4:15). It would be difficult to exaggerate the significance of this passage. In these few verses Luke describes the church immediately following Pentecost and gives a great picture of what true Christian community looks like when the Spirit is at work. There appears to be a direct connectionbetween (1) the outpouring of the Spirit, (2) the people’s devotion to prayer and the apostles’ teaching, (3) fellowship and hospitality and (4) selling possessions and giving to the needy. It seems clear that the apostles had been teaching the church to practice generosity, for when the church devoted itself to their instruction, their generosity toward one another reached astounding heights and became a critical part of the early Christian lifestyle (Acts 4:34-37; Acts 6, Acts 10, Acts 20:33-35), Acts 11:26-30 , II Corinthians 8-9, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:13-15, Luke 10:25-37, Matthew 25:31-40), (Galatians 6:1-10,
I Timothy 5, James 1:27
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Charismatic or not, is social activism happening not true REVIVAL since one’s doing the things God said bless Him? Even regarding the OLD SKOOL revivals back in the day, I take note of some things. I don’t see them as being less of the Spirit—-but the same, if NOT MORESO.

What to make of the Second Great Awakening (1790-1840s)— the second great religious revival in U.S. history and consisted of renewed personal salvation experienced in revival meetings, alongside major leaders included Charles Finny,Peter Cartwright, Asahel Nettleton, etc.—and was known for how it encouraged an eager evangelical attitude that later reappeared in American life in causes dealing with PRISON REFORM, TEMPERANCE, WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE/RIGHTS, AND THE CRUSADE TO ABOLISH SLAVERY? It was simply amazing witnessing the Political Implications, seeing how In the midst of shifts in theology and church polity, American Christians took it upon themselves to reform society during this period. For Historians stress the understanding common among participants of reform as being a part of God’s plan. And consequently, individual Christians contemplated their roles in society in purifying the world through the individuals to whom they could bring salvation.

 

As Wikipedia said, Interest in transforming the world eventually became reapplied to mainstream political action, as temperance activists, antislavery advocates, and proponents of other variations of reform would seek to implement their beliefs into national politics. While religion had previously played an important role on the American political scene, the Second Great Awakening would highlight the important role which individual beliefs would play, doing much to illuminate issues of faith through present day.

Why SHOULD that be considered less of a TRUE revival than FLORIDA????

What of the The Third Great Awakening, which was a period of religious activism in American history from the late 1850s to the 1900s affecting pietistic Protestant denominations and characterized by a strong sense of social activism and gathering strength from the postmillennial theology that the Second Coming of Christ would come after mankind had reformed the earth and actually acted like “SALT OF THE EARTH” (Matthew 5:12-16,Matthew 5:12-14, Mark 9:49-50 , 1 Peter 2:11-13, Titus 3:1-3 , James 2:15-17 , 1 John 3:16-18).
It’s from here that we have great Christian men such as D.L. Moody, greatly influenced the cause of cross-cultural Christian Missions AND THROUGH WHOM MANY WERE SAVED THROUGH HIS PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL….

and from here we saw the development of The Social Gospel Movement, as did the worldwide missionary movement…..and with Social Gospel Preachers, things such as the rich EXPLOITING THE POOR/GLOATING IN RICHES to were exposed—alongside the help of reformers in the Progressive Era, which was a period of reform which lasted from the 1890s to the 1920s and that fought for things like social justice, general equality and public safety. Other reforms came about that were noteworthy, especially the battles involving child labor, compulsory elementary education and the protection of women from exploitation in factories–plus, the prohibition of alcohol.—and even greater sponsoring/growth of missionary activities in the U.S and around the world…..and of course, who could forget about things like Young Men’s Christian Association (“YMCA” or “the Y“)…..dedicated to replacing life on the streets with prayer and bible study.—?

Why does it seem, however, that this ALONGSIDE THOSE TODAY PROMOTING SUCH THINGS recieves LESS attention/PRESS than the Revival in Florida? Are DOING these kinds of things somehow less of an indicator that someone’s ON FIRE FOR GOD?
Why do you think this is so???

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