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Whatever one thinks about Christianity the fact remains true biblical Christianity is all about changing people for the better. But first Jesus said 'you must be born again'. Watch this video and understand why. When this happens Gods Spirit enters your heart and begins His work of transformation.
I urge you by the mercies of God, present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.... dont be fashioned according to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and prove what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom.12:1-2)
This does not mean Christians are perfect or never make mistakes. But they should be different (1 Cor.6:9-11 2 Pe.3:11). For God is working in them,
even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every good thing to do his will, working in us that which is well-pleasing in his sight (Heb.13:21 see also Eph.2:10, 15 3:20)
God is in the business of changing lives. The Walsh revival is documented, substantiated proof of just that. It began in Loughor (1904) and spread throughout Wales. It demonstrated people and society can change for the better and the problem of moral social degradation arrested.
Eyewitnesses describe the impact of this revival. Some estimate about 100,000 new converts, historians say "at least 150,000". But the influence on Walsh society was immense. Both commentators and critics closely observed the converts. There was a kind of scepticism concerning the reality of what took place but this scepticism eventual was taken away for ever.
One common feature among people was a sense of the total unworthiness of wicked sinners to receive forgiveness and grace and mercy from God. Tears of remorse were common. This was not born from religious fanaticism, but found in those with little or nothing to do with Christianity previously. Those inclined to laugh at Christians were overcome, wept and repented. Even those described as ringleaders in the devils army for 20 years. There were extraordinary effects on ungodly people and the worst of characters. They experienced a "deep distress" over wrong and "evil".
Converts were changed by heart and life. Those known as swears, blasphemers, and drunkards and previously a terror to those around them were found on bended knees. Their swearing, oaths and curses ceased. Foul language and "profane conversations" ceased. Those previously immoral in their conduct had changed lives.
On the town streets drunkenness was greatly diminished compared to what was previously normal. So much so that public houses emptied and publicans took down their signs and even became teetotallers. Those who pledged to be "total abstainers kept their pledge. And those "addicted to drunkenness for many years changed. Such accounts spread all over Wales. No one expected anything like it and no one had seen anything like it.
People said, "the effect the revival had on the community at large is wonderful". And, "sectarian contentions have disappeared..." "We do not now require a police officer..." "It is difficult to imagine the greatness of the change in this neighborhood..."
Hard hearted miners and quarrymen known for rough living would hold prayer meetings instead. The land experienced a spirit of doing-good, as people were "anxious to do good to others". There was a peace and happiness as never before, and among all ages groups. Where there was once bigotry, bickering and unpleasant feeling between people it was gone.
Churches experienced a remarkable unity, never previously seen and united for public prayer. There was a common concern for the salvation of souls, they were astounded at what happened. Churches were open every night and found it difficult to terminate their services at the usual time. Those who entered the chapels to scoff and ridicule remained to pray. At least 20 churches had received a 100 new converts. All denominations experienced an influx of people. Churches had not updated themselves to appeal to people, but it was the old hymns (not modern songs) that were the songs of the revival. The "old hymns are more appreciated than ever, some of the tunes recently introduced are put aside for the present". And the voice of singing was often heard in public.
For years after people looked back at the effects of this transformation. So would you like to live in a land where you don't need to lock your doors? No need for police or jails? Would you like to be changed, have a richly satisfying new life, one of meaning and purpose? Do you want peace with God and enjoy His blessing? A new life where you will never be disappointed. The bad news is that no body is deserving of God's mercy, the good news is that you can escape God's anger with sin. Decide today, don't wait, act now.
(Quotes from The Welsh Revival, its Origin & Development Thomas Phillips The Banner or Truth Trust 1989. pg. 51, 61-66, 75, 111-16, 123)