Revival in Nagaland

In the 1950’s God visited Nagaland in an amazing way, today we would call it revival not in being a series of meetings but in being a move of the sovereign God.

I have been reading a booklet by Rev. Neihulie Angami entitled Nagaland Revivals and the Formation of Nagaland Christian Revival Church. In it he speaks of one of the first American missionaries, E. W. Clark, who took the Gospel to the head hunting tribes of Nagaland,

“When Rev. Clark had gone to the Naga Hills, leaving his wife at Sibsagor, one British Officer…asked Mrs Clark, “When have you last heard from Mr Clark?Do you ever expect to see your husband back with his head on his shoulders?” At great risk to their lives the American pioneer missionaries…brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the domain of the ferocious Nagas…Through the hard labours and prayers of these missionaries Christianity spread almost over all Nagaland.”

Unfortunately after WWII there was an obvious need for revival seen in the lives of many Nagas,

“Robbery, adultery, drunkenness, dishonesty became common in Nagaland, Christians became world, lukewarm, indifferent to god and their spiritual life had touched the lowest ebb.”

 

At this moment God in love and grace stepped in and started to revive his church and bring salvation to many. Rev. Angmai quotes some of peoples experiences through the time of revival—here is one example:

When questioned about his and a colleagues presence in a village a local believer stood up and said, “Friends since these preachers have come, many people are turning to Christ, with broken heart, confessing their sins to God in repentance. Every day many sick people are coming to them for prayer. I never knew that there were so many sinners and sick people in this town until these preachers came.” The revival did not come in a moment of time but it came when people sought God in humility and prayer (My emphasis added.)

From 1957 onwards, starting in Wokha town, Rev Angami speaks of an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Nagaland. It was clear to all that the power of God had invaded the lives of many,

“A great change came over the people. The fruit of the Spirit…could be seen in the daily lives of believers. The heathen saw the wonderful change that had come over the Christians and it simply overwhelmed them…The Holy Spirit revival in Nagaland was in answer to the prayers of the saints of God. In many churches revival broke out without any revival preacher. “

Bridges on being angry toward God

Jerry Bridges book, Respectable Sins, is powerful and challenging.

In chapter 1 he addresses the issue of Anger and makes some useful suggestions in addressing the anger that is within us:

We are to respond to any unjust treatment as “mindful of God.” To be mindful of God means to be mindful of God’s will and God’s glory. How would God have me respond in this situation? How can I best glorify God by my response? Do I believe that this difficult situation or this unjust treatment is under the sovereign control of God and that in His infinite wisdom and goodness He is using these difficult circumstances to conform me more to the likeness of Christ? (see Romans 8:28; Hebrews 12:4-11)

Having addressed the issue of our own anger he makes this comment about being angry towards God,

Let me make a statement loud and clear. It is never ok to be angry at God. Anger is a moral judgment, and in the case of God, it accuses Him of wrongdoing. It accuses god of sinning against us by neglecting us or in some way treating us unfairly. It also is often a response to thinking that God owes us a better deal in life that we are getting. As a result, we put God in the dock of our own courtroom. I think of a man who as his mother was dying of cancer, said, “After all she’s done for God, this is the thanks she gets.” Never mind that Jesus suffered untold agony to pay for her sins so she would not spend eternity in hell, this man thought that God also owed her a better life on this earth.

Do I believe the Gospel?

On a couple of occasions recently I read or heard the story of Charlie Peace and his walk to the gallows. In Why Revival Tarries Leonard Ravenhill quotes the story:

Charlie Peace was a criminal. Laws of God or man curbed him not. Finally the law caught up with him, and he was condemned to death. On the fatal morning in Armley Jail, Leeds, England, he was taken on the death-walk. Before him went the prison chaplain, routinely and sleepily reading some Bible verses. The criminal touched the preacher and asked what he was reading. “The Consolations of Religion,” was the replay. Charlie Peace was shocked at the way he professionally read about hell. Could a man be so unmoved under the very shadow of the scaffold as to lead a fellow-human there and yet, dry-eyed, read of a pit that has no bottom into which this fellow must fall? Could this preacher believe the words that there is an eternal fire that never consumes its victims, and yet slide over the phrase with a tremor? Is a man human at all who can say with no tears, “You will be eternally dying and yet never know the relief that death brings”? All this was too much for Charlie Peace. So he preached. Listen to his on-the-eve-of-hell sermon:

“Sir,” addressing the preacher, “if I believed what you and the church of God saythat you believe, even if England were covered with broken glass from coast to coast, I would walk over it, if need be, on hands and knees and think it worthwhile living, just to save one soul from an eternal hell like that!

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p dir=”ltr”>It made me ask a simple question: Do I believe the gospel?
If I do, then maybe my life (action) need to change and come into line with my stated belief (thought).