Subscribe via RSS Feed

The Fire of Revival with Eddie Hyatt


Lathrop: Some people reject all manifestations, others accept them all. What should our response to these things be?

Hyatt: We should be open without being naïve and discerning without being judgmental. While not rejecting manifestations, we should not be afraid to do what the Bible has commanded us to do, to “test the spirits” and “judge prophetic utterances.”


Lathrop: Do you have any final thoughts that you would like to share with believers who are seeking the renewal of the church?

Charles G. Finney (1792-1875), leader during the Second Great Awakening. Wikimedia Commons.

Charles G. Finney (1792-1875), leader during the Second Great Awakening.
Wikimedia Commons.

Hyatt: In the midst of praying for renewal/revival, allow God to purify our motives for wanting revival. Our goal must never be revival itself, but Jesus Christ and conformity to His will. In his Lectures on Revival, Charles Finney tells of the many invitations he had received from churches and pastors wanting him to travel to their communities to promote revival. He said, however; “When I came to weigh their reasons, I have sometimes found every one of them to be selfish. And God would look upon every one with abhorrence.”

Some wanted revival in order to raise their social status and influence. Others wanted revival to increase the numbers attending their meetings, which in turn would enable them to build new and larger buildings. Still others wanted revival so that they would feel superior to one or more congregations with whom they felt a sense of competition. They were not seeking the Lord. They were seeking revival, and that from self-centered motives. Finney rightfully refused their requests. So, as we spend time in God’s presence, allow Him to purify our hearts for, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8).


John, Thanks for the opportunity to participate in this.

Revival Fire

Revival Fire: Discerning Between the True & the False is a follow-up to 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity (Charisma House, 2002) and consists of Dr. Hyatt’s mature reflections on the state of spiritual renewal in America and the world today. He shows that the way forward is by striking a healthy balance between Word and Spirit and by taking the time to learn from revival movements of the past.
Visit for more information about Dr. Hyatt’s books.


John P. LathropJohn P. Lathrop, M.A. (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary), is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He is the author of four books: Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011), and Dreams and Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012).

Pin It
Page 2 of 212

Tags: ,

Category: Pneuma Review, Spirit, Spring 2012

About the Author: Eddie L. Hyatt, D.Min. (Regent University), M.Div. and M.A. (Oral Roberts University), serves the body of Christ around the world by teaching with academic excellence and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. He has authored several books, including 2000 Years of Charismatic Christianity. His passion is to see authentic spiritual awakening transform the Church and impact the world in the Twenty-first century.

  • Connect with

    Subscribe via Twitter 1333 Followers   Subscribe via Facebook Fans
  • Recent Comments

  • Featured Authors

    Amos Yong is Professor of Theology & Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena. His graduate education includes degree...

    Jelle Creemers: Theological Dialogue with Classical Pentecostals

    Antipas L. Harris, D.Min. (Boston University), S.T.M. (Yale University Divinity School), M.Div. (Emory University), is the president-dean of Jakes Divinity School and associate pasto...

    Invitation: Stories about transformation

    Craig S. Keener, Ph.D. (Duke University), is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is author of many books<...

    A Keener Understanding of the Bible: The Jewish Context for the Book of Revelation

    William L. De Arteaga, Ph.D., is known internationally as a Christian historian and expert on revivals and the rebirth and renewal of the Christian healing movement. His major w...

    The Church’s Wounded Tradition of Exorcism and Deliverance