Nothing exposes the need for revival more than the criticisms thrown at its leaders. Entrenched ecclesiastical powers measure others by values and standards that long ago lost contact with earthly realities and heavenly concerns. They’re irrelevant and don’t know it, unscriptural and don’t care. Blinded by their religious categories, they miss what God is doing. Comfortable in their unchallenged conclusions, they ignore what God has said.
The leaders of our revival had the courage to swim against the ecclesiastical current. They didn’t care what others thought. Their passion for building Christ into our lives eclipsed their fear of criticism from their peers.
What sets the revolutionaries that lead revivals apart from political or cultural revolutionaries is a resource that forces every honest mind to evaluate their message and methods by the divine standard. We call it the Bible.
When the counter-revivalists of Paul’s day slandered him, he defended himself by describing his ministry from God’s perspective to those who followed him. The paragraph he devotes to his defense is the template for New Testament leadership—1 Thessalonians 2:1-12.
If you’re asking God to use you in radical, revival ways, read it and live it.