Denouncing Time to Revive & What I Mean by Non-Denominational

[last update May 26, 2015 12:40pm]

When some people and religious leaders say, “Non-denominational,” they mean something like: ‘all denominations together, regardless of doctrine.’

When I speak of myself as ‘non-denominational,’ I mean: “a refusal to acknowledge those denominations which deny Christ, the essentials of the Christian Evangel, and/or create carnal divisions based on extra-biblical, man-made teachings.’

What has me thinking about this topic? An email was sent out today by Time to Revive’s Mike Swecker of the Revive Indiana effort. The web link to the email is

http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5d090022dccad9046adaf528a&id=3b416632d3&e=4869448115

In the email, Mr. Swecker quotes a Dr. Rev. James Busscher in order to emphasize that the revival movement connected to Time to Revive is seeing “SO MANY DENOMINATIONS” working together… and that, this is a blessed unity. However, I was shocked to read the quote of Dr. Busscher, who writes:

Churches in mainline traditions… may tend to struggle with saying Jesus is THE way, THE truth, and THE life, as the Evangelicals do,…

This statement, while true, is troubling to see when it appears in a context of praise and pleas for unity & summations of confluent “streams” in Time to Revive’s efforts. Mr. Swecker’s use of “confluent streams” converging at a great river is strikingly similar to those made in a Charisma Magazine 1984 article by Gordon-Conwell’s Richard Lovelace. The article, titled “Three Streams, One River?” is famous to the Convergence Movement. At the least, this kind of convergence statement leaves the door open for those who deny Christ’s exclusivity to feel ok with Time to Revive. If [and I emphasize IF] Mr. Swecker and Time to Revive, sympathize with, align with or partner with those “Christians” who will deny the Lord that bought them, then I must side with Jude, 2 Peter 2:1, Galatians 1:8-9 and 2-3 John where we read condemnations against such “revival” and “unity” efforts. [Update: Please see Nebulous Response by Mike Swecker (Time to Revive) for the official statement by TTR on this matter.]

Before today, I had posted an account of the Amish Revival in Goshen/Elkhart Indiana. That account is now removed. Given these recent developments and my personal experience with the team, I cannot recommend the movement. No, I cannot bless it in any way. In fact, until Time to Revive makes a clear statement that upholds Christ’s supremacy while rejecting those who don’t, I must invoke Galatians 1:8-9 and 1 John 4:2-3 against them by saying:

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

and

2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

Jesus said, (John 14:6)

 I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

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OTHER RESOURCES:

Nebulous Response by Mike Swecker (Time to Revive)

Time to Revive the Ecumenical Spirit

Exposing the Convergence Movement in Time to Revive

The Case for a Deliberated Ecumenism — Parts 1-4

What Conservative Evangelical Protestants Mean by “Compromise”

The Other Master

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