Spiritual leaders call for new American ‘Great Awakening’

WASHINGTON — Some religious leaders say America is facing a spiritually dark time.

1839 Methodist camp meeting
1839 Methodist camp meeting

“At the root of America’s problem, we really have a spiritual cancer that’s been eating away at our nation,” Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, Maryland, told CBN News. Retired Gen. Jerry Boykin, … now working with the Family Research Council, … said without a Third Great Awakening, forces like those that took down mighty empires of the past will also bring down the United States. …

South Africa-born revivalist Rodney Howard-Browne [said]: “In the 1700s, there was a Great Awakening. In the 1800s, there was another. And we have to have one now.” … Those past awakenings led to national transformation. …The first in the mid-1700s was a unifying factor for the colonies as it spread throughout them. It awakened in Christians a hunger to live in a land that reflected the God of liberty portrayed in the Bible.

“Ultimately, it brought the American Revolution as the pastors and the people within the Church began to seek a new nation that would give them the kinds of freedoms that they believed were biblical,” Boykin stated. The next awakening in the early 1800s was marked by mass salvations. And as Americans became free in Christ, many could no longer abide the lack of freedom for the nation’s slaves. …

Gen. Boykin believes the power to save the United States is not in politicians, but in its believers. “Me plus the Holy Spirit: that’s a majority,” he said. …Now, these spiritual leaders and their allies hope to bring revival power to so many Americans, it will spark a Third Great Awakening. …They’re calling it Celebrate America. If organizers get what they want, a country hungry for unity and leadership will see national political, business, and spiritual leaders humbling themselves as one before God.

“We’ll be coming together in the very hub of the nation and crying out to God for Him to transform us first and then transform our nation,” Jackson said.


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