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I am often asked if there is any hope for North America and Western Europe. Commentators have declared we are living in a post-Christian era. Can anything be done to halt the moral decay? Moral darkness has covered society, and the church seems powerless in these troublesome times.
I have walked into some of the darkest places on this planet — and I’ve seen the light of the truth of God’s Word shatter and dispel that darkness. But it all begins with God’s people. In the early 1970s, a pastor began to call for repentance in the Christian community in Oradea, Romania. It was a bleak hour in the history of Romania. That nation was engulfed in the darkness under the evil dictator Nicolai Ceaucescu.
Significantly, evangelical Christians in Romania were called “Repenters.” When a person came to a personal faith in Christ, there was such a dramatic change in his life, that person was identified as one who had repented. The pastor in Oradea began to teach that the Repenters must repent. The sins of society had slowly crept into the church. So believers in the church were encouraged to unite in prayer and repentance. Within six months after the church entered into a covenant of repentance, the Second Baptist Church of Oradea baptized 200 people.
It was dangerous in those days to be publicly baptized. A believer could go to prison or lose his job or educational opportunities for being identified with Christ and His people. But the church immediately began to experience rapid growth. Today the church in Oradea is believed to be the largest evangelical church in Europe. It all began when the Repenters began to repent.
If a great moral and spiritual revival is to come to the West, it must begin in the church. Two things must occur. First, believers must become known for their change of life. Second, the Repenters must repent. That is why the Bible says, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
The time has come for the Repenters to repent.
2 Chronicles : Chapter 7
12) the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13) “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14) if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15) Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16) I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there. 17) “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, 18) I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’
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Sammy Tippit told his fiancée, “I can’t promise we’ll be rich, but life won’t be boring.”
Sammy had no idea what an understatement that would become. Beginning in the bars of Baton Rouge and the nightclubs of Chicago, Tippit has shared the news of life-changing faith in Christ all over the world – including in the middle of a revolution in Romania, the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda, and war in Burundi and the Congo.
Sammy’s lifelong adventure has come at a great price. He’s been cursed, threatened, arrested, deported, and blacklisted. He’s also been personally broken, ravaged with illness, and devastated by grief.
Yet he continues to preach to in stadiums, in open fields, and via satellite technology to hundreds of thousands around the globe. For all other books…
About Sammy Tippit Ministries
STM has been providing inspiration and help around the world for nearly 50 years. Sammy Tippit, founder and president, is a world renowned counselor, teacher and evangelist with experience serving and helping people in over 80 countries. Sammy provides materials that help people tackle a broad array of social, societal, psychological and spiritual issues. He is particularly passionate about making materials accessible to other countries around the world. Sammy is married to Debara “Tex” Tippit, and they have two children and five grandchildren.
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