[b]Quotes on Conditions That Require Revival[/b]
Everyday in Britain
Every day in Britain 506 crimes of violence are reported, 12,000 offences are recorded by the police, at least 75 are added to child protection registers, 2,750 properties are burgled, 55 million is spent on alcohol, 27 schoolgirls become pregnant, 170 babies are born to teenage mothers, 123 people are convicted of crimes involving drugs.
Every day in Britain 450 children will start to smoke and 330 will die of smoking.
Every day, in Britain, at least 480 couples are divorced, A new crime is committed every 6 seconds in Britain - and a violent attack every 2 minutes.
There are 500 abortions of unwanted and innocent unborn children each day, 182,500 each year.
Every day in Britain two young men kill themselves, and hundreds more fail in their attempts.
It is estimated that every day in Britain 100 children lose contact with their fathers.
167 women are raped every day in Britain and one in twenty has been a victim of this monstrous act.
More than 50,000 students skip school every day in Britain. 40 per cent of street crime, 25 per cent of burglaries, 20 per cent of criminal damage and a third of car thefts were carried out by 10 to 16-year-olds who skipped classes.
Every day in Britain 50 teenagers contract syphilis or gonorrhoea.
Every day 50,000 women under the age of 30 drink twice as much as their bodies can cope with - half are single and under the age of 25.
Every day in Britain an estimated £40m is staked at online poker parlours.
There are 25 firearm offences every day in Britain.
The Samaritans get a call every 8 secs - that's 4.2 million people a year! Almost 11,000 a day
150,000 children are affected by their parents divorce.
100,000 run away from home or care.
10,000 schoolgirls became pregnant.
180,000 babies were aborted.
10.3 million people have fallen below the official poverty line- that's the number claiming income support
Today there are 13,300 families living in B & B's
Collected and collated between 1996 and 2005 from various reliable sources by Tony Cauchi
The state of USA
I take my hat off to men like Joe Wright , a minister who was asked to open the new sessions of the Kansas Senate, in 1996 when everyone was expecting the usual generalities, but this is what they heard:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask Your forgiveness and to seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good,," but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.
We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it Pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multiculturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self-esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent to direct us to the center of your will. I ask it in the Name of Your Son, the living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
The response was immediate. A number of legislators walked out during the prayer in protest. In six short weeks, Central Christian Church, where Rev. Wright is pastor, logged more than 5,000 phone calls with only 47 of those calls responding negatively. The church subsequently received international requests for copies of this prayer from India, Africa, and Korea. Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on "The Rest of the Story" on the radio and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired.
This can be found, with little variation, all over the Internet and is clearly quite authentic
When persecution or opposition comes
Sometimes the wicked will get up an opposition to religion. And when this drives Christians to their knees in prayer to God, with strong crying and tears, you may be certain there is going to be a revival. The prevalence of wickedness is no evidence at all that there is not going to be a revival. That is often Gods time to work. When the enemy cometh in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord lifts up a standard against him. Often the first indication of a revival is that the devil gets up something new in opposition. This will invariably have one of two effects. It will either drive Christians to God, or it will drive them farther away from God, to some carnal policy or other that will only make things worse. Frequently the most outrageous wickedness of the ungodly is followed by a revival. If Christians are made to feel that they have no hope but in God, and if they have sufficient feeling left to care for the honour of God and the salvation of the souls of the impenitent, there will certainly be a revival. Let hell boil over if it will, and spew out as many devils as there are stones in the pavement, if it only drives Christians to God in prayer - it cannot hinder a revival. Let Satan get up a row, and sound his horn as loud as he pleases; if Christians will only be humbled and pray they shall soon see Gods naked arm in a revival of religion. I have known instances where a revival has broken in upon the ranks of the enemy, almost as suddenly as a clap of thunder, and scattered them, taken the ringleaders as trophies, and broken up their party in an instant.
Charles Finney, Revival Lectures, Part Three, When a revival may be expected
Bend the church, and save the people.
Motto of the Welsh Revival
Break up your fallow ground
In breaking up your fallow ground, you must remove every obstruction. Things may be left that you think little things, and you may wonder why you do not feel as you wish to feel in religion, when the reason is that your proud and carnal mind has covered up something which God required you to confess and remove. Break up all the ground and turn it over. Do no balk it, as the farmers say; do not turn it aside for little difficulties; drive the plough right through them, beam deep, and turn the ground all up, so that it may all be mellow and soft, and fit to receive the seed and bear fruit a hundred fold.
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon