A crisis in the church : Revival Church Sunday

I'm working on my 2010 calendar, and also have availability certain weeks during the rest of 2009.  If you would like to schedule me to minister in your church or at your conference or event, visit www.praytherevolution.com/booking


  • Revival Nation Church– Join me in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada THIS SUNDAY morning at 10:30am as I minister the fire of the Holy Spirit.  We can caravan- just let me know if you’d like to go and we’ll head out as a team.  Email me at [email protected].
  • Revival Church– Sunday evening we’ll contend for a strategic and overwhelming move of God in Detroit.  Passionate and prophetic prayer starts at 5pm and we’ll flow right into the service at 6pm. www.detroitrevivalchurch.com 
  • Revival Radio– Join us every Monday at 8pm Eastern for prayer and discussion on advancing toward revival and an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. www.detroitrevivalchurch.com/radio
  • Jeff Garvin– Jeff will be back with us in December for THREE NIGHTS.  Friday, December 5th he’ll be at the International House of Prayer East Detroit and Saturday and Sunday evenings he’ll be at Revival Church. www.ihopedetroit.org

I wrote a book titled The Terror of Hell about an encounter I had with demons who were Terror of Hell dragging me into the Earth- toward Hell.

I can’t begin to communicate the absolute terror that I experienced that night in the early 1990’s.  However, the message that has caused me to tremble in the fear of the Lord ever since is this- many church goers, many people who have faithfully attended and supported the churches on the corners throughout our nation will be shocked beyond measure to find themselves in Hell one day.

I won’t go into the detail that is best found in the book, but suffice it to say that there is a critical connection between one’s salvation and one’s intimate relationship with Jesus.

I feel the infamous ‘sinner’s prayer’, when handled wrongly, can easily become a ticket to Hell instead of Heaven.  We must never over-sell the prayer.  We can’t guarantee someone’s position in Christ simply because they are having a rough day and decide that they want things to get better, and hope a prayer does the trick.

I was at an event recently that caused me to cringe.  A pastor was leading a large room full of people, many of them children, in the sinner’s prayer.  At the end of the prayer, everybody repeated after the pastor, “…thank you Jesus that I am saved.”

Is it possible that many of then may go through the rest of their lives with a tragically false assurance of their salvation? 

A Crisis in the Church

Allow me to attach this to the emotion that’s raging in my heart right now.  There is a move all across churchdom against the experiential reality of the Holy Spirit.  People are increasingly anti-emotion, anti-trembling, anti-encounter, anti-feeling.  It’s a left-brained world that’s resulting in a logical, passionless ‘connection’ with religion.

For me, to not be emotionally impacted in the presence of God should send red flags flying!  How can we simply stand there are grin as the power of God burns around us?

Understand, people are tired of hype, false representations of the activity of the Holy Spirit, etc.  They should be.  I am too. However, the right reaction is not to deemphasize the dramatic, experiential activity of God.  The appropriate response is to contend for it and settle for nothing less!

To dismiss the norm of living a revelation and encounter driven life, to not expect a biblical life to result in an inner trembling that never ends, is a terrifying proposition.

We can’t call for the presence of God to invade our lives and be absent of a powerful, prophetic, weighty encounter.

Here’s a great quote from someone who has grown tired of ‘charismania’ that I fully agree with:

  • If I ever experience the “manifest presence of God” where human flesh cannot stand, that’d be great. But until then, I choose to avoid pale imitations.

Here’s other quote that causes concern:

  • I’ve come to believe that the only definite thing we have to go on is what is promised to us in the Bible. And I don’t see the Bible as advocating an experience-oriented faith.

There must be an alarm sounded.  God is real.  He is to be encountered.  He can be felt.  He can be heard.  This is a serious issue to say the least.