August 15, 2008

Weekly Round-Up: Predicting the Return of Christ, and Testing Revivals

Here's this week's round-up:

1) Manasseh Zindo, "Kenyan lawyer announces 'the return' of Jesus" on the Religious Intelligence web site. While this report is now a couple weeks old, it is nevertheless important. We read about a lawyer-turned-prophet who proclaims that the rapture will occur and Jesus will manifest himself to his people on July 18, 2010. As the article concludes, it warns against taking such predictions lightly, pointing to the Kanungu Massacre in Uganda, when hundreds of followers were killed.

2) John Piper, "Test Revival with Doctrine" on the Desiring God blog. Piper provides much-needed biblical insight in the wake of the unraveling of the Lakeland "revival." As he wisely points out:
Discernment is not created in God’s people by brokenness, humility, reverence, and repentance. It is created by biblical truth and the application of truth by the power of the Holy Spirit to our hearts and minds. When that happens, then the brokenness, humility, reverence, and repentance will have the strong fiber of the full counsel of God in them. They will be profoundly Christian and not merely religious and emotional and psychological.