His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord."

Matthew 25:21

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Question:

There are many views going round concerning certain ‘revival’ movements at the present time - some for, some against, and both sides with seemingly Scriptural backing. I find it so confusing to see strong Christians disagreeing so vehemently.

 
Answer:

Many things have happened in the history of the Church throughout its generations that have confused people. Some have been good and some have been bad, and believers have often had difficulty assessing them at the time. That is why Jesus told the parable of the tares (weeds). The servant in the parable was told not to attempt to separate the wheat from the weeds "lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them." Matt 13:24-30

We have a limited understanding at best and it must be left to the Lord to be the Judge. The only time we can be sure is if a movement or its proponents fail the ‘fruit test’ - lifestyle versus words and even miraculous deeds. Read Matt. 7:15-23 carefully in this connection.

Gamaliel, a member of the Jewish Council in Peter's day, believed this and his advice to the Council is recorded in Acts 5:38, 39: "Keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it - lest you even be found to fight against God."  The important thing is not to swallow everything people say, but to test everything against the pure and simple teaching of the Word! The Lord Himself will deal with those who pervert and twist His Word to their own destruction. See 1 John 3:15-18 and 2 Cor 11:1-15 in this connection.

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