I had the good fortune to attend last night the Burlington Revival off I-40.
This is a series of revival meetings conducted outdoors under a tent. It was initiated by New Hope Baptist Church-- a nearby independent Baptist church in Burlington.
The revival meetings have been ongoing for nearly 11 weeks. Upwards of 3,000 - 4,000 people are attending on many nights apparently.
Taking part in these revival meetings is like a blast from the past-- a visit back to the 1940's. The setting enables the visitor to experience the way these revival meetings used to be conducted decades ago. But they are still alive, and winning people for Christ.
And it is all good.
The meetings begin with various traditional country Baptist hymns and gospel songs. The music evokes a sense of purity; and it leads one to feel almost a continuous tug at the heartstrings. This represents a style of worship that has survived for many generations.
A number of area pastors assist with the meeting. They communicate a genuine sense of enthusiasm and emotion for the mission in various ways.
The evangelist is C.T. Townsend. He communicates a bold, powerful message with clarity and frankness, and with ample Biblical illustration. His passion is for souls to be saved. During this series of revival meetings, more than 1,000 individuals have made a profession of faith apparently for the first time.
It was extremely encouraging to see so many people turn out for these meetings. The word has spread around apparently like wildfire. Large numbers of teens and young adults were in attendance last night. It was almost as if they were seeking something with authenticity.
We live in a world in which numerous fake religions and congregations and clergy seek to rewrite scripture, and to revise artificially God's expectations for their own selfish ends. We have numerous examples right here in Greensboro.
But in Burlington, under a tent, is the real deal.