Fifty years ago, God granted a season of refreshing that reached many places in North America. The revival at Asbury College spread to 130 campuses. The Canadian Revival swept through the western part of that country. The Jesus Movement took many from marijuana parties to Bible studies, and several denominations grew exponentially.

God moved. God was in the land. The tide was in. Churches and groups of churches were ignited in their love for Jesus. Many were revived in deep reality. Souls came to Christ in healthy numbers. Evangelists rode the wave. It was a season of refreshing from the presence of the Lord.

The psalmist said, “He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion” (Psalm 111:4). On this, the fiftieth anniversary, we plan to highlight some of these revivals over the next several weeks.

Some may wonder about certain elements that don’t seem to fit with one’s understanding. From the outset we need to understand that because the enemy hates revival, he attempts to muddy the waters. In the past, writers have referred to the introduction of deceptive aspects as dual streams. What we must understand is that while a pure stream does not condone an impure stream, an impure stream does not negate a pure stream.

The key is to test the spirits according to 1 John 4. In short, does a movement point people to Jesus? Does it point people to the Word? Is God’s love manifest? These revivals of the 70s have a definite stream that passes these tests. As we remember God’s wonderful works of fifty years ago, may we be inspired to seek God’s face to move again.

John Van Gelderen

John Van Gelderen

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