OF GREAT AWAKENINGS AND NEW REFORMATIONS: PLANNING A CONFERENCE
In August of 2016 I suddenly felt strongly impressed of the Lord to plan a Great Awakening Conference. I immediately went into prayer about it and things starting coming together.
THE FIRST ANNUAL REAL GREAT AWAKENING CONFERENCE
I knew I couldn’t do this on my own so I contacted a good friend in ministry with good credentials who had contacts. He also had an initial located structure from which to proceed. He got on board. Although I originally wanted to do it the following spring, we decided that the fall of this year would be best and would give us more time. The fall of 2017, specifically late October, would also coincide with the 500-year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
He felt we needed to line up a couple of well-known speakers and adopt the standard conference format. I went along because I was doing my best to follow the Lord and I thought maybe that’s what the Lord wanted. My friend made some excellent points and suggestions. Well, the first guy he chose, a man he had met with before and shared a spiritual connection, never responded after two or three attempts. Go figure. This was a big name that many of you would know who has been doing much speaking on the subject of great awakenings. I guess we didn’t rate.
We thought of others who might fit. He came up with another guy. I made up a brochure/letter of sorts explaining the entire concept of the conference and all we planned on doing. This was sent by my friend to the second minister. Only his secretary responded. Again, this was another big name many of you would know. My friend was encouraged by the initial response. Then the secretary of this second minister we contacted listed his demands:
He wanted $5000 per night (we were planning on two to three nights). He also wanted two first-class hotel rooms for him and his full time assistant. Of course, we were only planning for maybe a hundred people at most since we were just getting started. My minister friend got so concerned about such money demands that he eventually decided to drop out. I said we could still do it but make it a more organic conference with several less expensive ministers, the way the Lord did it, instead of one or two big names. We could even allow for the engagement of those whom the church world perceives as “regular Christians” (my preference), obviously including members of his own small congregation, but he was apparently so shocked by the big boy money demands he wanted out. So the conference was off.
But guess what? The two guys he wanted to get are part of the same big well-connected nationwide preacher union (my friend is not). The second guy, at least, obviously looked over my brochure/letter. And incredibly, members of that group decided to do what we were going to do, in the same region of the country, and very close to the exact location I originally planned on.
They turned it into a big affair with several big name speakers. I never followed up with what eventually happened. Those kinds of things rarely do anything substantial. It’s usually a bunch of expensive flash with little substance and no long-lasting regional effect. I can’t prove it, of course, but they apparently co-opted something I had planned (without ever contacting me) for their own purposes, and renamed it.
THE REAL COMMUNITY
For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong, and the base things of the world and the despised God has chosen, the things that are not, so that He may nullify the things that are, so that no man may boast before God. [1Corinthians 1:26-29] 
I will close by once again giving you the key to the real Great Awakening: It will involve all of the Lord’s children. It will not be the usual show time, big money, and big name exercise of the Christian elite. That entire paradigm is fading out. The format is stale. Those people are all getting older and there is very little second generation to replace them. Those younger Christian elites who are copying this paradigm and weaving themselves into the old format are often hopelessly shallow, even those on giant platforms, and there is no room for a next generation since the present one has become so worldly and compromised. You will see this is also happening within so-called Christian television.
Here’s how to tell the real from the unreal: The Lord Jesus must always be the main focus. People must be drawn by His Spirit. If He is in charge miraculous manifestations will occur.
Also, spiritual humility is a door. If you see yourself as a dedicated real Christian but just another of the Lord’s many children and on the same plane as everyone else, and you don’t see yourself as special or part of a small upper caste, then you qualify for being used of the Lord. I suggest you go pray about it right after reading this post and see what happens.
This new Great Awakening in America involves, just like in the political realm, THE FORGOTTEN CHRISTIAN, the ones who actually serve the Lord Jesus and one another in relative obscurity, who have been slaving away pulling on the galley oars out of sight and out of mind forever. These are the ones who have been making Christianity work in America from the beginning by “secretly” giving their money, time, and energy with very little or no respect or acknowledgement for their massive contributions from those on high and in control.
Real Christians are the ones who possess incredible perseverance under trial, longsuffering, and general overwhelming strength against all odds. If you are a young Christian and do not relate to this concept, you will eventually if you stay faithful.
Persecution seeks out those who refuse to back down.
It is the so-called nameless laity in the pews and church chairs and those on the outside who have always made Christianity work in whatever place or time. These are the ones who are always constant and who can make it just fine without big ministerial pay days and ego-stroking. They also work for the Lord under any and all circumstances without requiring $5000 in advance as do the show-me-the-money boys.
Like the Protestant Reformation of 500 years ago that began in a spirit of necessary reform due to the overwhelming sin and corruption of the controlling clergy, Great Awakenings always emerge from relatively dark spiritual times.
And the darkest of times are also the shallowest and most uninformed of times with the most ostentatious artificial window dressing deceiving clueless majorities into accepting costly shiny packages with nothing inside that must never be opened.
© 2017 by RJ Dawson. All Rights Reserved.
 Unless otherwise noted all Scriptures are taken from the New American Standard Bible, © 1960, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Posted on November 30, 2017, in Current Events and tagged America, Christian Conference, Christianity, Clergy-Laity Division, Community of Called-Out Ones, Hidden Agenda, Lord Jesus, Martin Luther, Protestant Reformation, The Great Awakening. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
Good mornin RJ.
Help me understand please what it is that you are specifically expecting to manifest in this great awakening.
Let me reword that please to better convey what I’m asking.
What do you hope or expect to happen as a result of this.
Give me specific details please. ☺
Thanks Lee. Your question will require some background information but I’ll try to be brief.
In the first century when the Lord created His Spirit-filled Community He was in charge. In time others began co-opting His movement to the degree they were able, and the co-opting increased over time. We now have two thousand years of Christian history to research and gain facts from, and this process reveals distinct patterns. When alternative forms of Christianity are created it subverts the Lord’s direction and eliminates much, if not all that He placed within His real Community in the beginning, including His leadership. This obviously creates problems. There are those who not only notice but want to do something about it. We see this very clearly with any number of Christian reformers throughout history. Their effort creates the necessary progress to get back on track.
The First Great Awakening in America began very humbly in the fall of 1734 with Jonathan Edwards and a handful of young people. By the following spring it grew to roughly three hundred salvations and a great turning toward the Lord. Over the next few years the movement exploded all over the American Colonies, especially in New England and the Middle Colonies. It was so powerful and so far-reaching it created the spiritual foundation for the American Revolution.
The Second Great Awakening began in the early 1800s and it once again turned the hearts of much of the young country back to the Lord. Much of it was driven through the ministry of Charles Finney which lasted until mid-century.
Revivals must happen because Christians grow stale in their walk with the Lord. Sometimes things get so bad or religiously controlled it requires more than mere local revivals. It requires the same kind of powerful movement that took place in the first two Awakenings. In the first century it began with the great spiritual outpouring of Pentecost, which grew exponentially to the point that it spread quickly throughout the entire Roman Empire. Literally millions of people were saved and turned to the Lord.
China began its Awakening in about 1976 from roughly a single point and has since grown to approximately 100 million new believers.
Many Christians knew for quite a while that another Awakening was coming to America. I wrote about it a quarter century ago. But it wasn’t until seven years ago that I received a revelation that it was actually happening, though in the early stages. As it is with anything else, though, the best way to check progress is to study the interim, because we often grow too familiar with the present to notice change. Most Christians will agree that something spiritually profound has happened in this country since 2010, though few noticed much of anything then. As time goes on we will see much more.
Again, in the interest of brevity I can’t say too much more but if you haven’t yet, I suggest that you research the events I have referenced in this reply. You will be greatly encouraged.
Blessings to you.
Good mornin RJ, and thank you for your reply brother.
Much of what you wrote I sympathize with. But I’m still unclear about what it is you want to happen.
(Incidentally, I was charismatic back in the 1980s, so I’m very familiar with charismaticism). I only state that so that you don’t feel like you have to get me up to speed on the world of charismaticism.
So what is it that you want to happen specifically? ☺
The Lord’s will.
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Hey, I can agree with that. That’s always the right perspective…
Thine will be done Lord Jesus.
All glory to the risen Lord Jesus Christ.
Each soul is precious. If a believer in America or anywhere else is sensitive to the Holy Spirit guiding him or her, that precious soul will be touched. I pray your vision, revelation continues to unfold. Thank you.
Thanks Gary. Blessings to you.