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What is the difference between having a "revival" and a "Gospel meeting?"


Depending on who you talk to the answer can range from not much to quite a bit. One definition of a revival is "an evangelistic meeting intended to reawaken interest in religion." Where a Gospel meeting focuses on teach some aspect of the Gospel to members of the church and the surrounding community, a revival in this sense is slightly more focused. The goal is to restore people's interest in being Christians.

However, another definition of revival is "In religious terms, Revival is the substitution of religious fervor in life and worship, for an intellectualized, pragmatic approach to everyday conduct (often stigmatized by revivalists as 'pride')." Thus for some, a revival is seen as getting people to an emotional high and away from looking at their religious beliefs in a logical manner. Such an attitude is contrary to the teachings of the Scriptures. ""Come now, and let us reason together," says the LORD, "though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

Because of the potential for misunderstanding, most brethren avoid the term revival .


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