Summary: A revival is not an option, it is a must.
WHY WE NEEDED A REVIVAL
24And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, 25In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; 26And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
1This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
I. BECAUSE OF THE CONDITION OF THE WORLD
A. THIS AGE IS CHARATERIZED BY VICE.
1. We have become proud.
a. This is a new generation.
b. That doesn’t need God
2. We have become pleasure-seekers.
B. THIS AGE IS CHARATERIZED BY VIOLENCE.
1. Cops are being murdered in the streets.
2. Children are being massacred in our schools.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.”
II. BECAUSE OF THE COLDNESS OF OUR WORSHIP
“Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away”
A. WE GUARD AGAINST FALSE TEACHING.
1. We know what we believe.
2. We know why we believe it.
B. WHY HAVEN’T WE GUARDED AGAIINST BECOMING
1. We are cold.
a. We have a form.
b. We do not have the fire.
2. We have become too comfortable.
“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.” Luke 12:1
“Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” Amos 6:1
III. BECAUSE OF THE COMPLACECY OF OUR WITNESS
A. NO BURDEN FOR THE LOST
1. We have become too busy.
2. We don’t want to be bother
B. NO BROTHERLY LOVE.