Satan has made the spiritual landscape in Christianity so barren, so hopeless, and churches so compromised that fake “revivals” appear real. That is what I am witnessing concerning the Asbury College “revival.” The “revival” supposedly began when many students met for a church service. Some students remained after the meeting ended. They continued worshipping and singing as other students joined them.
It amazed people that Christians practiced a fundamental component of Christianity in a Christian college. Imagine attending a church meeting where the majority brought bibles. Would that make the national news? If it did, why? Leonard Ravenhill said something to the effect, “We are so subnormal; if we became normal, people would think we were abnormal.”
Nonetheless, a stream of heretics, hirelings, false prophets, and other religious scalawags are heading to Wilmore, Kentucky, to get involved. Perhaps it is in the hope their association with the “revival” will wash some of the stains from their sheep’s clothing.” False prophets hope it will validate their false prophecy of a great end-times revival. They are flocking to the revival like pigs to a corn convention. Would they race to a true revival? No.
I have studied the history of revivals for decades. As an evangelist in the 1980s, I preached approximately 150 revival meetings, most of them weeklong, some open-air camp meetings, and several that went on for five weeks. I witnessed evangelistic ministry dry up, and churches became cold and compromised. Now people are crying out for a great revival as if that will repair everything. A true revival cannot occur until there is great repentance and full surrender to God. That will not happen with Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Praying. There will not be a real mass revival in the last days. The NAR prophets prophesied it, but God’s Word does not. Instead, there will be a great apostasy and deception so clever and powerful that, if possible, it would deceive the very elect.
The Asbury “revival” is a product of social media. It was not a revival until someone posted a video of the gathering on TikTok. It was labeled a revival, and the video went viral. The footage reveals young people swaying, as if in a trance, while the music played. There are interludes during the worship when students repented and testified. When compared with genuine revivals, the Asbury gathering comes up well short of being a genuine revival. I will explain, but I must provide some information.
Asbury College includes Spiritual Formation in its curriculum. We, therefore, can sum up Spiritual Formation as the pagan way to “do” Christianity, the religion. A Lighthouse Trails article provides this explanation.
“Spiritual Formation is contemplative spirituality, and it is sweeping quickly throughout Christianity today. If a college, a seminary, a church, or an organization (like Focus on the Family) wants spiritual Formation, may they keep in mind, they will get eastern meditation and the occultic realms that accompany it.” (Many Just Now Learning About the Dangers of Spiritual Formation, March 14, 2018, by Lighthouse Trails Editors)
Contemplative Praying is a pagan practice that came into Protestantism via the Roman Catholic Church. RCC mystic, Thomas Merton, recognized the church was void of spirituality. His search for spirituality led him to associate with a Buddhist colony where he discovered Contemplative Praying. The Buddhists received it from desert-dwelling Sufi Muslims. Richard Foster spread Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Prayer throughout Christianity via his book, “Celebration of Discipline.” Tilden Edwards, founder of the New Age “Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation,” said, “This mystical stream contemplative prayer is the Western bridge to Far Eastern spirituality.” One cannot get more New Age than Spiritual Formation and Contemplative Praying.
That leads to why so many students “gathered” in the large room on February 8, 2003, to pray and worship. Another section of the Spiritual Formation Team page reveals that reason.
“SLCs partner with Residence Life staff to coordinate opportunities for the entire Residence Hall to come together throughout the year to focus on the hall theme, listen to student testimonies, or hear from guest speakers.”
“The SLAs lead a weekly connection time called GATHER, where each student has the opportunity to connect with God and one another. GATHER is a time for encouragement, prayer, and reflecting on the Word together.” (caps mine)
They provided an explanation about who the SLCs and SLAs are and what they do.
“Known around campus as Spiritual Life Coordinators (SLCs) and Spiritual Life Assistants (SLAs), these valuable team members are committed to creating an environment for all students to experience the fullness of God’s love and grow spiritually.”
The crowd of students was so large because the SLCs and SLAs compelled them to come. It is becoming larger because it has grown into something special, a phenomenon made so by publicity.
On the College’s “FLEX Credits across Campus – Spring 2023” page, they include this statement:
“Jan. 17 – Pause: Silence, Reflection & Contemplative Prayer – 11 a.m., Bennett-Bernard”
On a page entitled “Faith in a Snapchat Culture: The Power of Pause” (Wednesday, October 19, 2016 — Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee), there is the following:
“Take time to power off and assess your life with devotion and contemplative prayer.”
The Spring 2023 Chapel Schedule includes: “April, W/5 Contemplative Worship.”
Therefore, the so-called “revival” began as another “Gather” event. As before, Spiritual Life Coordinators and Assistants encouraged all students to attend the meeting; thus, it was a large group. They came together to listen to speakers, hear testimonies, meditate, and get involved in corporate Contemplative Prayer and worship. It is something that has frequently been happening for a significant period. If they appear to be in a trance is that they likely are in a trance.
At some point, someone posted a video on TikTok and other media; it went viral. Of course, after it went viral, the claim that a great youth revival was occurring at the college exploded all over the Internet and News Media. Then the organizations and heretics jumped in. Heretical religious TV networks got involved. Off-campus students and friends started attending. Like a rumor, when a feather is sent around town, it becomes a large goose. Professing Christians without discernment who are weak or have no connection with the Holy Spirit hotly defended it. They pilloried people attempting to warn them. Will they feel foolish and repent? Probably not. We are in a very dark and deceptive period.
Christ warned us prophetically that there would be a great deception in the last days.
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.” — Matthew 24:24
The factor that makes “possible” in that statement impossible is the indwelling Holy Spirit. Don’t allow it to be possible for you to be deceived. Pray until you can hear and follow the Holy Spirit. Then pray some more!
Another statement Christ made is even more ominous.
“For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” — Matthew 24:5
An apparent fake revival can deceive people, and they cannot even receive the Holy Spirit’s warning or discernment; how far are they from accepting the false Christs?”
A great evil storm has come into this world, and the time to prepare is running out. Sadly, for some people, it may have run out.