Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

Psalm 30. 5

Readers Articles
Ask Val
Errol Naidoo
Writer's Guidelines
Social Network
Events & Conferences
Free Newsletter


There are many views going round concerning certain ‘revival’ movements at the present time - some for, some against, and both sides with seemingly Scriptural backing. I find it so confusing to see strong Christians disagreeing so vehemently.


Many things have happened in the history of the Church throughout its generations that have confused people. Some have been good and some have been bad, and believers have often had difficulty assessing them at the time. That is why Jesus told the parable of the tares (weeds). The servant in the parable was told not to attempt to separate the wheat from the weeds "lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them." Matt 13:24-30

We have a limited understanding at best and it must be left to the Lord to be the Judge. The only time we can be sure is if a movement or its proponents fail the ‘fruit test’ - lifestyle versus words and even miraculous deeds. Read Matt. 7:15-23 carefully in this connection.

Gamaliel, a member of the Jewish Council in Peter's day, believed this and his advice to the Council is recorded in Acts 5:38, 39: "Keep away from these men and let them alone; for if this plan or this work is of men, it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthrow it - lest you even be found to fight against God."  The important thing is not to swallow everything people say, but to test everything against the pure and simple teaching of the Word! The Lord Himself will deal with those who pervert and twist His Word to their own destruction. See 1 John 3:15-18 and 2 Cor 11:1-15 in this connection.


Contact JOY! Magazine
Tel: +27 (0)21 852 4061
Fax: +27 (0)21 852 5781
E-mail: info@joymag.co.za
Afrikaans? Click
here to find out
more about our
sister publication
Homepage | About us | Current issue | Past Issues | Advertise | Advertiser Directory | Subscribe | News | FAQs | Contact us Graphic Design & Web Design by Kimia