A simple study of Exodus 32 (the golden calf rave party) reveals that we have learned little from our past.
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool returns to its folly." (Proverbs 26:11)
Jesus said, "Be careful, or your heads will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and THAT DAY WILL CLOSE ON YOU UNEXPECTEDLY LIKE A TRAP." (Luke 21:34)
I don't know about the "anxieties of life" but much of the church today, like those "in the camp" are weighed down with "dissipation and drunkenness."
"So then let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled." (1 Thes 5:6)
Dr. Michael Brown wrote in 1994:
"This is not party time for the Church. This is the time for holy watchfulness. This is the hour to be alert. While the world gets caught up with the lusts of the flesh and deceptions of the devil, dazed by drugs, bound by immorality, enslaved by greed, hypnotized by entertainment, stupefied by alcohol, paralyzed by fear, WE WHO DRINK THE SPIRIT'S NEW WINE WILL BE SOBER. We will not be deceived."
True revival involves the preaching of the Word. We mock God when WE bring in the excitement, the fleshly manifestations, the faux-drunkenness and dissipation. We chase after "the glory" when we should be chasing after the Saviour. Jesus himself gave himself to "preaching and teaching."
Dr. Brown again:
We must never forget: Revival is a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit (not the Happy Spirit - although he brings great joy...He is the Holy Spirit) I have heard Him described as "wild," "exciting," and "creative." But have we forgotten
that He is holy?"
But holiness will not be attained by spiritual excitement alone. It is not an abstract, nebulous "something" existing "somewhere," no more than God Himself is just an abstract "something" existing "somewhere." Holiness does not float in and skip out. Holiness means definite, concrete, radical change. It means a whole new way of living. And it is grounded in the word of God.
Don't be taken in by things that claim to be of God but are hollow when it comes to real change within. Real change within can (and must) happen, but it will NEVER happen by "tokin' on the Ghost" or suckling on the so-called multiple breasts of whatever god man invents.
No. Real change comes with the preaching of the Word. That will never change. Allow the Word to penetrate your heart. Allow God to bring conviction and change. These are serious times. You snooze - you lose.