Revivalism has manifested itself in myriad ways throughout the church’s history, but most foundationally it is an exchange of the means of grace—the preached word through the ordained servant of Christ, the sacraments and prayer—for something more exciting. In other words, revivalism sets aside the church and the fundamental activities of the church for something else. Or to put it another way, revivalism doesn’t lead Christians into the Church but out of her. Revivalism inherently has a low view of church. Revivalism doesn’t believe what Calvin said, that you can’t have God as your father if the church is not your mother. Revivalism rejects the statements of the Westminster Standards which, like Calvin, says that ordinarily there is no salvation outside the church.
Examples of this have been going on for a long time. Think of the tent revivals several hundred … Read More »