“Friends, I'm tired of hearing about revival. I'm tired of hearing about the renewal, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost in the last days. I have heard this rhetoric for fifty years. It's just rhetoric. It doesn't make any sense. I'm tired of hearing about people in the Church saying they want their loved ones to be saved. "
PWith these words, David Wilkerson began to draw up his sad report. He who one day abandoned his comfort to go and meet the young people of the ghettos and who led to the salvation of the young. The story of one of them, Nicky Cruz had then toured the world, through the book and then the film, The cross and the dagger. In his sermon given after the infamous attacks of September 11, 2001, the elderly Times Square Church pastor compared the Church to Nehemiah's situation. For him alone the anguish of seeing souls being lost and the world going to perdition, could lead to an awakening.
"Does it really matter to you that your loved ones are dying and that we are getting closer and closer to the end?" Do you really care? They can die and go to hell, despite the fact that you are in love with Jesus! Where is the anguish? Where are the tears? Where are the moans? Where are the fasting times? How many of you have fasted and prayed with a broken heart before the Lord? I am talking about the Church of Jesus Christ in general. Where are the people who wake up in the middle of the night? See, Nehemiah said, 'I prayed day and night. Where are the confessions of your sins and those of your children? Where are the confessions of the sins of your children before the Lord or of the sins of your spouse before the Lord? Because that's exactly what Nehemiah does: he confesses his sins and the sins of His people, and then he says, 'We have sinned. I have sinned'. Then he said: 'We have sinned. "
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