How Should We Evaluate the Asbury Revival?

A look at a recent revival and some thoughts on revivals in general.

Lots of people are talking about the Asbury College Revival, and with good reason. 

But before I discuss it, let me give you some personal background. In 1992, we were looking for a good Christian college for our son to attend. My husband and son visited several campuses, and when they visited Asbury, the chapel service began with the student body president confessing sin. Soon, other students joined him at the altar to confess their sins, and a revival began that lasted for days. 

Our son attended Asbury the following year based on this move of God and the solid biblical foundation of the college. 

From my understanding, the famous 1970 Asbury revival and this current revival at Asbury have also started with student confession, repentance, and testimonies.  

Honest confession of sin is a key ingredient in true revival.(1)

During my lifetime, I've heard about many things called “outpourings of the Spirit,” “revivals,” and “blessings.” But the true moves of God result in humble confession, drawing people closer to the Lord. We must not quench God's Spirit, but we must use discernment (1 John 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22).

I believe these Asbury revivals are moves of God, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t people who will misunderstand and misuse them.

The proof will be in the results. God isn’t interested in entertaining us. He’s interested in transforming us and making us lights in the darkness of our world (Romans 12:2; Ephesians 5:8-11).  

Genuine revivals change people, and they can have a great effect on the whole body of Christ.


(1) Psalm 66:18-20 and 1 John 1:8-10 tell us that unconfessed sin interferes with our relationship with God. Confession brings forgiveness and refreshment to our souls (Acts 3:19).

I encourage you to read these pertinent devotions:

Is Repentance a Work? 

King David's Key to a Healthy Faith 

6 Aspects of Godly Sorrow

I recommend this article from a student at Asbury: When the Dust Settles.

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A look at a recent revival and some thoughts on revivals in general.

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