East TN Revival History, Part 4 – An Inexhaustive Review, Current Events and Future Promises By David Townsend
Part Four of Four: The Hub of 8 – The Gate of Apostolic Revival
In the final installment of these articles, we should begin by reminding ourselves that these are more than just amazing stories; they truly happened. There is a temptation with history, and even Scripture, to let the wonder take us over into fantasy, but these events must remain firmly grounded in reality. Samuel Carrick, R.C. Spurling—these were real men who encountered God and surrendered to Him. And through them, God shifted an entire region. They are just as real as A.A. Allen and his descendants, who are still alive today. And the miraculous healing of David H. sixty years ago was VERY real. In fact, though it seems strange to say, when the glory of God enveloped that little boy for a moment in 1959, the healing was so complete that it made him…normal. And somewhere, maybe even near us today, that boy is now almost sixty-three years old.
The importance of keeping a grip on reality here comes from the difference between history and a story. While a story can be dismissed, history always asks something from us. If we answer poorly, or not at all, we are doomed to repeat past failures, as the saying goes. In revival history, as we have seen, it is not just wisdom that inspects us but the Lord Himself. These are not just stories. These last two centuries have been a journey and relationship between a longing, Holy God and a maturing, sometimes rebellious, people across many generations. Now, it is our turn to make choices as a region of believers.