Daniel Boone Associated with Revival


When thinking of the great frontier, who associates Daniel Boone with a great move of God. It is reported that in the late 1700’s Daniel Boone invited a Presbyterian preacher Barton Stone to the Cane Ridge Meeting House in Bourbon County, Kentucky. It was here that the Red River revival was experienced. This revival involved Methodist and Baptist who only knew their love for Jesus.

The climax with what happened in August of 1801. It is estimated by military personnel that between 20,000 to 30,000 came to the outdoor camp meeting where multiple preachers stood on stumps throughout the camp, preaching at the same time. The meetings lasted day and night.

Among the multitudes who were saved was James B. Finley. Later he became a Methodist circuit rider. He wrote the following describing the meetings:

picture-142“The noise was like the roar of Niagra. The vast sea of human beings seemed to be agitated as if by a storm. I counted seven ministers, all preaching at one time, some on stumps, others in wagons and one standing on a tree which in falling, lodged against another .

Some of the people were singing, others praying, some crying for mercy in the most piteous accents, while others were shouting most vociferously. While witnessing these scenes, a peculiarly-strange sensation such as I had never felt before came over me. My heart beat tumultously, my kneees trembled, my lips quivered and I felt as though I must fall to the ground. A strange supernatural power seemed to pervade the entire mass of mind there collected.

I stepped up on a log where I could nave a better view of the surging sea of humanity. The scene that then presented itself to my mind was indescribable. At one time I saw at least five hundred swept down in a moment as if a battery of a thousand guns had been opened upon then and then immediately followed shrieks and shouts that rent the very heavens.” (Mendel Taylor, Exploring Evangelism, p. 142)

It is said that this camp meeting continued through the week until the food totally ran out for man and animal.

From this movement several pastors determined not to call themselves anything but Christians. There are several groups today who trace their roots back to this event: The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Churches of Christ (non-instrumental), and the Christian Churches (independent).

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Anguish


For this blog I am would like to challenge you to watch the 7 minute youtube video and hear a charge given by David Wilkerson to the Church. If it this message does not stir you to tears you must ask what will. Years ago there was a song that said, “I’m so tired of being stirred but not being changed.” How about some anguish?

Strong Words From Charles G. Finney


No one can question the thought that this world that we are living in is not the same world of 30 years ago, 20 years ago, nor even 10 years ago. Good or bad, changes have drastically taken place.

Here is an interesting quote by Charles G. Finney, a well known evangelist over 100 years ago, on his idea of bad change in America. He who wrote in The Decay of Conscience in 1873:

images1“Brethren, our preaching will bear its legitimate fruits. If immorality prevails in the land, the fault is ours in a great degree. If there is a decay of conscience, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the public press lacks moral discrimination, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the church is degenerate and worldly, the pulpit is responsible for it. If the world loses its interest in religion, the pulpit is responsible for it. If Satan rules in our halls of legislation, the pulpit is responsible for it. If our politics become so corrupt that the very foundations of our government are ready to fall away, the pulpit is responsible for it. Let us not ignore this fact, my dear brethren; but let us lay it to heart, and be thoroughly awake to our responsibility in respect to the morals of this nation.”

What do you think? Was he way off track or was he on the money?

Even Roberts


Even Roberts

Even Roberts

The following is a 1905 report by a newspaper representative concerning the revival in Wales.

“The scene is almost indescribable. Tier upon tier of men and women filled every inch of space. Those who could not gain admittance stood outside and listened at the doors. Others rushed to the windows where almost every word was audible. When at 7:00 the service began quite 2,000 people must have been present. The enthusiasm was unbounded. Women stand and shouted till perspiration ran down their faces, and men jumped up one after another to testify. One told in quivering accents the story of a drunken life. A working collier spoke like a practiced orator; one can imagine what a note the testimony of a converted gypsy woman struck when, dressed in her best, she told of her reformation and repentance. At ten o’clock the meeting had lost none of its ardour. Prayer after prayer went up . . . time and again the four ministers who stood in the pulpit attempted to start a hymn, but it was all in vain. The revival has taken hold of the people, and even Mr. Roberts cannot keep it in check. His latest convert is a policeman who, after complaining that the people had gone mad after religion so there was nothing to do, went to see for himself, and bursting into tears, confessed the error of his ways and repented.”

“The leader in this great religious movement is a young man twenty-six years of age, Even Roberts. When working in a colliery, he used to take his Bible with him, and while at work would put it away in some convenient hole or nook near his working place readily at hand when he could snatch a moment or two to scan its beloved pages. A serious explosion occurred one day. The future Welsh revivalist escaped practically unhurt but the leaves of His Bible were scorched by the fiery blast. ‘Even Roberts’ scorched Bible’ is a familiar phrase among his friends. The page which the blast struck was 2 Chronicles 6 where Solomon as a young man prays for revival!”

“The converts already number many thousands. Mr. Even Roberts calculates that in the mining valleys of South Wales alone there have been at least 10,000 conversions. And if we add to this the harvest gleaned in various other places north and south, the number cannot be far short of 20,000.”

Winki Pratney, Revival, Whitaker House, 1983