Note: Revivalution is a movement where God’s people are transformed by the renewing of their minds that they might prove the perfect will of God by revolutionizing the entirety of their environment. A Revivalutionary commits to the absolute truth of God to hold himself and those around him accountable thus sustaining a revolutionary movement. Our hope is found in that old time religion of our fathers and forefathers--that trust in God and His word that serves as a moral, economic and spiritual plumb line to absolute truth.
In Exodus Chapter 3, God reveals himself to Moses through the burning bush. In verse 6, the Lord said, “I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” And God instructed Moses to go before the Pharaoh to deliver the children of Israel out of Egypt. (Verse 13) “and Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? What shall I say unto them? (Verse 14) And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the Children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.”
And God used Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt. And after all the numerous miracles that included the Passover and the parting of the Red Sea, the children of Israel found themselves at the foot of Mt Sinai. And the Lord instructed Moses to go unto the people and sanctify them and prepare them for on the third day the “Lord will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.” And God warned Moses that the place would be so holy with God’s presence that no man could touch it and live. On the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon Mt Sinai and the trumpet of the Lord so loud that all the people trembled.
And God said in Exodus 20:2,3, “I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” This is the first commandment. It is first because it is the most important. Jesus said in Matthew 22:37, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.” And He said in the next verse, “This is the first and great commandment.” The first step for Revivalution is to know who God is, His holiness, and our responsibility as human beings toward him. And it is expressed by God the Father and God the Son in these aforementioned verses.
Think about this: God is so holy that man cannot look upon him or touch him and live. And He has instructed us to have no other gods before him, and to love him with all our heart, soul and mind. That means just what it says. If we hold this worldview, we must believe that God’s word is true, inerrant, and infallible. And if we agree with this premise, there is no other. There is no other religion. There is no other truth. Critical thinking--the examination of something from all angles to determine the truth--is meaningless unless it is measured by the word of God. If you have settled in your heart that God is God and there is no other, then all that you say and do needs to spring from the word of God in absolute truth.
Study Questions to Answer with regard to Revivalution #1:
The word “neighbor” appears in some 122 verses of the Bible and about 135 times. It is usually used in instruction on how to treat or interact with a neighbor. Leviticus 19:18 says, “Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, I am the Lord.” The word “neighbor” in Hebrew is “reya”, meaning “a close associate, brother, companion, fellow, friend, husband, neighbor.” Jesus said in Matthew 19:19, “Honor thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. In this instance, the Greek word “plesion” is used, which means, “close by, that is, fellow (as man, countryman, Christian or friend): neighbor.”
In Matthew 22:36, Jesus was asked by a lawyer, “Master, which is the great commandment in the law?” In the following four verses, Jesus replied, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” This was not lost on the followers of Jesus. The Apostle Paul affirmed it in Galatians 5:14, saying, “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” James repeated this commandment. Paul wrote in Romans 13:10 that “love is the fulfilling of the law.”
Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” “Commandments” here is the Greek word “pleroma” which means “authoritative prescriptions: commandments, precepts.” These would be all the precepts contained in scripture that instruct us as followers of Christ, lovers of God. And if we love our neighbor as we love ourselves, our own “selves” as Christians must love God and must keep the commandments of Jesus. We, ourselves, do not want to spend eternity in hell, for example, therefore we love ourselves enough to accept the gift of salvation from Jesus Christ. We also love ourselves enough to follow the precepts of scripture, the word of God, the commandments of Jesus.
We know that the book of Acts shows us how the early church went about conducting the Great Commission. We see in Acts 17:6 that those who opposed the Apostles sought to do them harm for this very reason: “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also.” It is time that we begin to turn the world upside down as did our Fathers in Acts. We have to love our God and our neighbor more than we love our comfort, our pride, our schedules, our security. We must renew our minds to a new way of thinking--not the way of the world, but by the commandments and precepts of God and Christ as given in scripture.
God wanted none to perish, neither should we. Let’s know who we are in Christ and start making it known in love to our neighbors--family, friends, countrymen--with whomever we associate. Strike up conversations, create relationships, make it known how you feel (so long as it aligns with the Scriptures). Turn the world upside down!
Study Questions to Answer with regard to Revivalution #2:
In Mattew 22:36, Jesus described the great commandment in the law. He said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” It is on these two commandments upon which the entire republican form of government for the United States is built. W. Cleon Skousen, author of “The Five Thousand Year Leap,” says self government was generally referred to as “republicanism” and it was understood that a “corrupt and selfish people could never make the principles of republicanism operate successfully.”
Benjamin Franklin wrote: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters.” John Adams said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” President George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports...Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion.”
Indeed, the Founding Fathers affirmed Christ’s words in Matthew 24:12, “And because lawlessness shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.”--that without the keeping of God’s commandments as compelled by respect and love of God, there could be no love for one another. And without this morality and virtue, there could be no self rule. This is underscored in the Declaration of Independence with references to “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” and that “all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among them are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Scoffers say these references were the writings of deists--quite the contrary.
According to Skousen, Roman Consulate Marcus Tullius Cicero was the Founding Fathers’ favorite expositor of Natural Law. Cicero understood that man’s reasoning power is a special dispensation from the Creator and that it is similar to the reasoning power of the Creator. He believed that true law is “right reason” in agreement with nature and the Creator. Cicero said that only “one eternal and unchangeable law will be valid for all nations and all times, and there will be one master and ruler, that is God, over us all, for he is the author of this law, its promulgator, and its enforcing judge.” He believed that when people come together under this law, they belong to God’s commonwealth.
Cicero, according to Dr. William Ebenstein, pointed forward to Christianity rather than backward to the socialist utopias suggested by Plato and Aristotle. He said that Cicero believed that Justice is impossible except under the principles of God’s just law. Cicero said, “For these virtues originate in our natural inclination to love our fellow men, and this is the foundation of justice.” The governance of this nation and the love of God and for one another is inextricably woven together as the heart of blessings of the American as a person and as a people. It has been the foundational success of our republic--virtuous love for one another. When we ignore this requirement the basis of society deteriorates, lawlessness abounds and love grows cold.
Study Questions to Answer with regard to Revivalution #3:
1. Can you explain how Cicero, neither a Christian nor a Jew, could conclude that the law of Nature and of Nature’s God is the only just law? (Perhaps Romans 1:17-20 will help)
2. How is loving God and loving your neighbor the substance and foundation to self government?
The Third Commandment found in Exodus 20:7 says, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” From the Hebrew as depicted by Strong’s, the word “vain” means, “in the sense of desolating; evil (as destructive), literally (ruin) or morally (especially guile); figuratively idolatry (as false, subjectively), uselessness (as deceptive, objectively; also adverbially in vain): false(ly), lie, lying, vain, vanity.” So as you can see there are many ways to take the name of the LORD in vain. One of the ways may very well be to claim that you are His, such as being an open Christian, and not doing what the LORD requires of you, making your proclamation vain.
My point here is that if you say you are a Christian, but you are not fulfilling the responsibilities of a Christian vain is the LORD’s name in its association with you. The Apostle Paul writes quite a dissertation on freedom in Galatians. He begins in 3:1 saying, “O Foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?” Verse 3 says, “Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain.” Paul goes on to say in Chapter 4 that prior to Christ, we “were in bondage under the elements of the world.”
Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.” Verses 13-15 say, “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not destroyed one of another.” Certainly our Founding Fathers understood this concept that there is either liberty or bondage--there is freedom in the Spirit or bondage to the law; there is liberty from sin or bondage in sin; there is freedom from tyranny or bondage in it.
As Christians, it is our choice to live free by virtue of the Christ in us. And with that choice, there is tremendous responsibility to not only be free from the bondage of sin, but also to live free from the bondage of tyranny. It is in this that our Founding Fathers established a republican form of government where the true Liberty of Christ would prevail, if the citizens embraced their responsibility of freedom and fulfilled the law by “loving their neighbor as themselves.” This power of the greater good made America the standard bearer of freedom and Christianity. It is only when those who call themselves Christians, as over 80% in this nation do, do so by taking the LORD’s name in vain, abrogating their responsibilities, that the nation is entangled with the yoke of bondage to sin and tyranny.
Here then if those things which are against the commandments of God are even tolerated by those of God, then are not we standing in vain? For example, if homosexuality is even tolerated by Christians, does it not gain a foothold? It is not enough that we do not allow pornography in our homes, we should not even tolerate it in society. It is not enough that we would never condone abortion for our family members, we should not allow it in our society. It is not enough that we not covet another man’s possessions, we should not tolerate the government taking the fruits of our labor and giving it to someone undeserving. It is not enough that we disagree with those who disavow the “right reason” of God’s law, we should not tolerate their influence on the affairs of our citizens and of our nation. And let us not confuse love for enablement.
If Christians, as the majority in this nation, were not walking billboards for vanity and stood instead in the responsibility of Liberty, our nation would have no choice but to reflect this move of God. Revivalution, therefore, must embody both obeying the Truth as is our responsibility and standing fast in the liberty wherewith Christ has made us free.
Study Questions to Answer with regard to Revivalution #4:
1. What is the responsibility of a Christian when it comes to Liberty?
2. What kind of plan of action can you take to regain the tenets of God in your community?
3. What does freedom mean in a Spiritual sense and in a practical living sense?
4. How does the government covet your possessions?
5. What are the ultimate outcomes of tolerating sin under the name of love, and is it love to allow someone to go to hell in their sin?