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 There is a REAL revival happening here in NC!

Back in July Ralph Sexton Jr. Ministries (local here in Asheville, NC) began a tent revival that was supposed to last a week up the road in Burnsville NC. It has been going on now for almost [b]7[/b] weeks with 40,000 in attendance some nights. Hundreds have been saved and baptised in the Cane Creek. It is reported that this is the largest revival on the east coast since the turn of the century. Every night the momentum of this outpouring of God seems to only increase...

I havent gone yet, but I do plan to get up there. Unfortunately, due to football season being in full swing I barely have time to eat.

(By the way, it's interesting to note that the people involved in leading this revival are KJV folks... just thought I would point that out :-))

Here are some links:

http://www.ralphsextonministries.com/

http://www.ashevilletribune.com/pdfs/8-06/h10340707.pdf

http://dwb.newsobserver.com/news/ncwire_news/story/3005337p-9428276c.html

Krispy

 2006/9/15 11:43
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 Re: There is a REAL revival happening here in NC!


[b][revival] EARLY SIGNS of REVIVAL? - USA[/b]

NOTE: Below is an extract from a secular newspaper in Asheville,
North Carolina, USA - from a few days ago. The thing that struck
me about it was not so much that Revival has begun - but that
there are clear signs of a DEEP SPIRITUAL HUNGER in the
community at large. I wonder how widespread this is across the
USA right now? (By the way, these were Baptist Revival meetings
under a big tent. -The response far exceeded all expectations).


"THOUSANDS TURN OUT for REVIVAL, RIVER BAPTISMS"
by Susan Reinhardt,
-Asheville Citizen-Times, Sept 11, 2006.

CANE RIVER — Thousands walked Sunday from the revival tent
through clay and dirt toward the glittering gray river. They didn’t
bother to roll up their jeans or hitch their skirts, but waded with
purpose into the rain-chilled waters, meeting with the pastors who
submerged and lifted them, cleansed of sin and received of salvation.

Diane and John O’Shields of Burnsville were first in line and had
more than one reason for getting wet in what some revival officials
say was North Carolina’s largest river baptism. The baptism came
as the faithful stretched into six weeks what was conceived as a
two-week Cane River Tent Revival led by the Rev. Ralph Sexton Jr.,
of the ministry by the same name. No one in this small idyllic
Yancey County town just northeast of Asheville has ever seen
such a sight — thousands coming nightly to sit under a giant
white tent and hear messages of hope. Before the baptism,
murmurs circulated throughout the tent that this event would go
down in history. And Sunday, as up to 3,000 or more people
flowed like refugees from the big tent in the cornfield, those
already at the river sang “Victory in Jesus.” ‘That sweet, sweet
spirit’ Diane chewed her nails as she tried to contain her emotions.
Crowds swelled on each side of the riverbank. Wearing a black
pantsuit and pearl earrings, she wiped tears from her eyes as she
waved at watching loved ones. She and her husband held hands,
closed their eyes and mouths and briefly disappeared under the
water. The couple, married for 21 years, decided let this chance in
the water with a reverend, the presence of God and countless
witnesses work double-duty. “It’s our Baptism and wedding at the
same time,” she said, her dress soaked and her face salted with
tears. “We weren’t married in a church, so this is our marriage
ceremony, too.” Theirs was just one among of the hundreds of
stories and reasons people had for wandering into the waters,
wetting their Sunday best or blue jeans. Dee-Dee Carver said the
devil had hold of her the past two years. It’s not that she sinned or
carried on wildly, she said. She’d just turned her back on God.
“The past five years,” she said, her face going from glowing to
pained, “I’ve been dealing with a rebellious son.” She said he was
into drugs and trouble and she needed the Lord’s strength to see
her through. She’s been a Christian for years. But like many who
gathered every night for six weeks at revival, she needed a fix — a
Jesus fix. The polish and shine had worn off her soul and this was
the ticket to fix it.

“I’ve been coming every night I can,” the 51-year-old Madison
County woman said. “I come here and feel that sweet, sweet spirit.
I think it’s God’s way of saying, ‘I still love you.’”

MORE than 4,000 a NIGHT

Sexton began this revival in a cornfield six weeks ago with
nearly 30 area pastors and churches who came together for a
single cause: healing, soothing, saving and bringing God into
troubled personal lives and into a world in a state of unrest and
war. It started July 31 and was supposed to end two weeks later,
but people kept coming, clogging roads and bringing the need for
fire trucks and helicopters.

Sexton said he is humbled and encouraged by what he’s seen in
the cornfields owned by John Young, who pastors baptized
Sunday afternoon. “I’ve had opportunities in the past to be involved
in area-wide meetings,” he said. “But this exceeds all
expectations.” Asked why some nights more than 4,000 would
show up, including teenagers, Sexton credited the Lord and the
times we live in. “In our communities, there seems to be a hunger
to return to basic moral and faith values,” he said. “We have an
unsettled world. Every continent has a madman and every country
is asking for peace and safety and we’re finding none...“

WHAT was PREACHED
-extracts from Ralph Sexton's website:

"Bro. Ralph encouraged the congregation with the stories of young
people who began seeking God for revival.. Last week at Mountain
Heritage, they couldn't have class for kids and teachers talking
about the power of God. In South Caldwell County, 125 or more
young people had been meeting at the flag pole at 7:30 each
morning to pray for their school and their community. In Haywood
County, some young people were skipping lunch to pray for revival.
A group of young men from Henderson County had been in the
Mountain Heritage Crusade for the first 10 nights. They had been
fasting for 21 days, and they came early in the afternoon and went
into the cornfields to pray for God to move in this community.

Bro. Ralph asked the question,"If the church of the Living God
does not have revival, what is going to happen to us?". We have
dropped our defense, we have lowered our guard, and we are being
lured away..."

...."Bro. Ralph preached a message from Proverbs 22:6 entitled,
"Spiritual Child Abuse." According to a Holy God and His Word,
when we pass up the opportunity to walk with Him and live holy,
we are abusing our children spiritually. We need to invest our life
in them. We can buy them stocks and bonds, but the greatest gift
we can give them is knowing God!

The light of God exposes our real nature. Preaching pulls the
covers off sin, and it brings us to the intersection of grace and mercy.

When was the last time God heard your cry? We don’t know if this
will be the last time God passes by our way. When He is this
close, we don’t want to miss Him!

Over 150 souls have been saved in the past four services! We have
received letters, calls, and emails from teachers, government
officials, and business leaders. The "Cane River Revival" has
invaded the community."

..."Bro. Ralph preached a message from Matthew 16:21-26 entitled,
"The Devil's Flea Market." He asked the question, "What will a
man give in exchange for his soul?" The devil will make you a deal.
He doesn't give up! Everyday he is on the corner saying, "Give me
your prayer life, give me your sweet fellowship with the Holy Ghost,
give me your tears." He says, "You can have anything you want if
you will just give me your soul." He is a liar and a deceiver. He
doesn't make a deal worth your soul!

When parents listen to the devil and go back to the world, their
babies are usually following them. We need to have an urgency
and a desperation on the Church. There is no guarantee of another
night under the tent or another night to get right with God. Bro.
Ralph told us that we can see a harvest of souls if the Church will
get cleaned up. Please don't put off getting right with God!"

...."Brother Ralph preached a message from Psalm 130 entitled,
"Why Is God Looking Our Way?" He has been reading on the
revivals throughout history for the days that we have been unable
to meet under the Old Gospel Tent. Each of the revivals have one
overwhelming tie - a soberness and a holy hush along with the
realization that what was going on was from the Hand of a Holy God!...

Sin has never been bolder, but even the lost people know that God
is in the neighborhood. "If not now, when will we have revival?" We
have a generation of young people who have never seen the power
of God! We have no promise of tomorrow.

Revival is not an alternative; it is imperative! The beginning of revival
is one soul who will get so broken hearted that they say, "More
than I want to see the sun come up in the morning, I want God to
meet with us!" Are we desperate for Him? Let us get on our faces
before Him as we prepare for the last night of the meetings...."
-----------------------------
~SOURCES - (1) The Asheville Citizen-Times Newspaper -
http://www.citizen-times.com/
(2) http://www.ralphsextonministries.com
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 2006/9/15 12:13Profile
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 Re: There is a REAL revival happening here in NC!

Here are some recent comment on the happenings from another forum that deserve reading.

girl4god wrote:

Something about this makes me feel a bit uneasy. It seems as though everyone is getting swept away by a "sweet, sweet spirit" that says peace, peace when there is no peace.

Where is the godly sorrow? Where are there people who are weeping because of their many crimes against the Almighty God??

What about repentance??

Where is the message of Christ and Christ crucified? What about the new birth?

What about walking and living a holy life? Heb 12:14
14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:

Quote:
...."Bro. Ralph preached a message from Proverbs 22:6 entitled,
"Spiritual Child Abuse." According to a Holy God and His Word,
when we pass up the opportunity to walk with Him and live holy,
we are abusing our children spiritually.


We do not just abuse our children spiritually when we are not holy- we sin against God and are on our way to hell!

I am reminded of the vision bro.Patrick had about true and false revival.

You can read the vision here - "A Vision Of True And False Revival"
http://www.thesearchforbiblicaltruth.org/visionofrevival.htm

Mark 13:22
22For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.


Lets all be sure we are discerning in these last days.


Mary

Christisking wrote:

I agree girl4god. We must be very discerning and this also brought to my mind the vision I had regarding true and false revival.

What we read about that is happening in North Carolina it does not match up with what we see in past revivals and revival preachers. John and Charles Wesley preach the "new birth" over and over again. There are accounts of hundreds and even thousands of people laying on the ground as if dead crushed with conviction when Wesley finished preaching. We see George Whitefield getting rotten eggs and pieces of dead cat thrown at him while preaching, again about the new birth. The first time Whitefield preached it is said 15 men were driven mad and institutionalized. And again hundreds of people being crushed with conviction, weeping and wailing and crying out to God for mercy. Johnathan Edwards also had similar experiences, as well as Charles Finney.

What we read about in this post does not match up with the first or second great awakenings, the Welsh revival, the Hebrides revival, the healing revivals of Mother Etter or other true revivals where crushing conviction, the fear of God and deep repentance occurred.

I would highly question whether this message of "sweet, sweet spirit" and "peace, peace, peace" is from God or from the enemy. I could stand up in a cornfield and preach peace and health and safety and get throngs to wade into the water. This whole things seems VERY, VERY fishy!

Patrick
www.obeyjesus.net


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Wasn't there a famous "cane" something revival in the 1800'in kentucky?

Based on what mod posted this sounds pretty sound!
I SAY BE VERY CAREFUL OF SPEAKING AGAINST THIS.
Finney warned that that is one way a revival can get squashed early. lets not condem it before it hardly gets out the gate.

It could be false I don't know I am not there.

I will be praying that God continues to bless
this revival. How exciting. We have been praying for it so lets not be like the pharasees and not see it if indeed it is the real thing.
God bless,John

 2006/9/15 12:39









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Christisking...

I know Ralph Sexton Jr personally. I've met him on numerous occasions because I did some of the structural engineering on a new sanctuary they built a couple of years ago. I can assure you that the quotes from another forum have taking him completely out of context.

Ralph Sexton Jr. preaches repentence, of that there can be no doubt. He does not preach "easy-believism by any stretch of the imagination. As for his sermon on spiritual child abuse... why not post the entire transcript of his message so that we can all see it and decide what he said and didnt say... instead of little "sound bites" that have been pulled out of context?

I also know [b]many[/b] of the people who have been to the revival meetings, and they have testified that God is indeed pouring out His Spirit there. Ralph Sexton is a fundamental Baptist preacher who holds to the KJV, and rejects the teachings of the Charismatic Movement stronger that I do.... so I can assure you that this is not an emotional sweeping away. Yes, one person (out of [b]thousands[/b]!) was quoted in the secular media who said there was a "sweet sweet spirit". Well, ya know what? When that many people come to Jesus and are baptised... there [b]IS[/b] a sweet sweet spirit there. A spirit of rejoicing! Praise God.

But instead of praying for these folks that are getting saved, and praying for the ministers who are involved in this revival... and praying for my beloved home of Asheville, NC... people (who havent been, and dont know what they are talking about) decide to critique it, tear it down... and wonder why God isnt hitting people with lightening bolts, but instead gently and lovingly bringing them to salvation.

I've seen brother Ralph's sermons from the revival (in their entirety... that means in [b]context[/b]) on WLOS Channel 13 (Asheville) the past couple Sunday mornings ... and to say that he does not preach the new birth over and over again like Wesley did is total hogwash. You dont know what you're talking about, and what you're doing is #1 gossip, #2 attributing a true moving of God to mere men, #3 bearing false witness.

If I seem fired up about your posts, I am. And I make no apologies for it. I know the minister involved, I know people who have been there, and this is in my back yard. I think I am qualified to attest to the truthfullness of this revival, and also to issue a rebuttal (if not rebuke) to the negativety of your post.

And I do so with love toward you. I truly do.

Krispy

 2006/9/15 12:53
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Settle down Krispy, there is no reason to get hot under the collar. I am not coming against anyone or tearing down anyone. I have already prayed for all these people involved as you suggested and honestly hope this true move of God. All I am saying is that we need to be extra discerning in these last days. When we hear about things like this many people completely lose their discernment. This is what happened to many people when they heard about Brownsville and Toronto. It is good that many who were previously sucked into these false revivals now see the error of their ways. I am just fearful many others and maybe even the same people who were sucked into these other false revels might also get sucked into new false revivals that appear on the scene. We must be very discerning. I know people personally who were sucked into false revivals. True revival brings crushing conviction, deep repentance, new birth and the Holy Spirit. If this is one of those revival then praise the Lord!!! But let's not go off half cocked at every so called revival that comes on the scene. If what the papers are reporting is correct, the be very cautious of what is happening in NC. If the papers are wrong then, praise the Lord!

I will take your rebuke to heart, but I will also continue to be extra discerning in these last days and encourage others to do the same when a so called "revival" pops up. We have seen to many people sucked into and deceived by false revivals.

Patrick



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KrispyKrittr wrote:
Christisking...

I also know [b]many[/b] of the people who have been to the revival meetings, and they have testified that God is indeed pouring out His Spirit there. Ralph Sexton is a fundamental Baptist preacher who holds to the KJV, and rejects the teachings of the Charismatic Movement stronger that I do.... so I can assure you that this is not an emotional sweeping away. Yes, one person (out of [b]thousands[/b]!) was quoted in the secular media who said there was a "sweet sweet spirit". Well, ya know what? When that many people come to Jesus and are baptised... there [b]IS[/b] a sweet sweet spirit there. A spirit of rejoicing! Praise God.


Krispy



This paragraph alone tells me more than all the rest. The fact that God is moving amongst a Baptist congregation by pouring out His Spirit goes well beyond what we "Charismaniacs" would think is the proper pecking order or "normal". :-) The Charismatics are too busy it seems with extra-biblical stuff to even notice God moving genuinely with a sweet and gentle Spirit. What's that anymore?

I hope and pray if this revival is genuine it will eclipse anything my denomination (AG) ever dreamed.

I have told people I know several times over that revival isn't going to come to America through a personality or a denomination. It's going to come from the most insignificant of places and from people of insignificance. Only through insignificant people can God ever hope to gain the glory He deserves for Himself. The Holy Spirit does NOT share His glory with another.

Oh, and I don't even know this fella by the way, but the fact that he's in the middle of nowhere in a tent tells me a lot too. From visitng his website I don't see any Glamour Shots or Silver, Gold or Platinum memberships which is also a good sign.

Frankly, as brothers and sisters in Christ we should pray God's move whereever there are people who are genuinely hungry. And pray that God will move genuinely apart from human effort and that many will be swept into the Kingdom!


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Frankly, as brothers and sisters in Christ we should pray God's move whereever there are people who are genuinely hungry. And pray that God will move genuinely apart from human effort and that many will be swept into the Kingdom!



Amen!


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Patrick... my brother. I understand your warning of discernment, and I agree with you on that point. What bothered me was the quotes from other sources that obviously do not represent what is happening in Burnsville at all. I think your point about discernment was completely lost because of your use of those quotes.

By using those quotes I think you unintentionally casting a lot of doubt in people's minds about this revival... and you can believe me when I tell you that there is nothing like Brownsville or Toronto going on in this one. I have to kinda laugh when I think about that because I know these people! They are old time conservative fundamental Baptists. You wont here contemporary worship in this revival... it's hymns. No barking or laughing fits are going on. No one is getting so-called "slain in the spirit".

This is people walking the old "saw dust" trail, and kneeling at split log rail alters. Man... this old time revival. I wish you could come and see it for yourself.

Brother Ralph preaches the Blood. He preaches repentence. He preaches that hell is hot and heaven is sweet. He does [b]not[/b] preach "come to Jesus, He has a wonderful plan for your life" ... he preaches "Come to Jesus because you've broken God's law and you're gonna burn in hell".

He preaches seperation from the world. He does [b]not[/b] preach prosperity... he preaches losing everything in this world to follow Jesus.

Brother Ralph thinks Billy Graham (another local) is a liberal.

Everyone knows I am probably the most skeptical person on this forum. Everyone knows I call 'em as I see 'em... and I've issued many warnings about many popular teachers. I'm telling y'all that this revival is the [b]real deal[/b].

Krispy

 2006/9/15 14:13









 Re: There is a REAL revival happening here in NC!

Praise God!!!


instead of practice one night, why don't you load the whole team up, and get 'em in the tent!!!

I'm envious, Glory!!!!!!!!!!

 2006/9/15 14:46





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