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Don’t Cry for Me USA

Claudio Friedzen of Buenos Aires

Published on: Oct 7, 2008

Sunday morning my wife and I went to the local Assemblies of God Sunday School class. We have no more interest in attending the services, but we do enjoy the interaction that the Sunday school class provides. As it turned out the class teacher had just come back from Buenos Aires having participated in the revival that began with Claudio Friedzon in 1992. So instead of a discussion they had brought back a video of a service for everyone to watch.

My wife turned to me and asked me if I would like to go. I said that I would like to watch for awhile. Four years ago when we attended another AOG congregation we helped put on a week long campaign hosted by the AOG college in Waxahachie, SAGU (Southwestern Assemblies of God University). So, this peaked my interest.

While I watched the video, I thought of Todd Bentley and the collapse of the Lakeland, FL revival (although I have read that it is still going on quietly in local congregations). The revival in Buenos Aires has transformed Argentina and continues unto this day some 16 years later. What a difference between the two! It occurred to me that the men in Argentina have more maturity and character, unlike Todd Bentley.

But that is not why the revival has transformed the nation of Argentina. We have many men of integrity that have led “revivals” in the 20th century with no sustained impact with the exception of the Azusa Street revival in California that brought upon the American church the gifts of the Spirit.

Then I realized that there are two factors that have played a significant role in the revival of Argentina that has not yet occurred in the USA. One is that during the 1980’s (and again in the late 1990’s) Argentina experienced a hyperinflation in their economy that caused the price of everything to rise 2000%. This caused widespread poverty for those who could not afford goods at the inflated prices. This created a great need for divine help. The other factor in the 80’s is the Falkland Island War between the United Kingdom and Argentina. Argentina is a Catholic nation, and the Catholic priests assured the people that they would win the war because God was on their side. When they lost the war to Great Britain, the Argentine people were demoralized and lost faith in the Catholic system. As providence had it, Protestant missionaries were there to fill in the void, and many Argentines switched sides. I was told this information by a staff member of Claudio Friedzon when I helped the SAGU campaign in Waxahachie.

Linda and I left the video after a while because it was obvious that the Sunday School teachers had hoped that by watching the video the class would experience the same “anointing”. The canned revival on tape will only impact hearts that are prepared, and the hearts in America are not prepared yet, which is why we have not had any sustained revivals in our country for 100 years. Also, while the power of God, no doubt was flowing in Buenos Aires, we could see the soul power and emotionalism which is standard fare in charismatic congregations, on this video, so we left. For those who only understand the term ‘soul power” as an expression from the 1960’s “black power”, that is not what I mean here. I am using it the way Watchman Nee uses it to describe the manipulation of emotions and moods by charismatic leaders.

But the video did bring me hope. Perhaps the collapse of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the other bank institutions is the answer to prayer for revival in the USA by God. The congressional bailout is not going to fix the problem. The problem is systemic to the Federal Reserve System which is a congressional sacred cow that allows them spend recklessly without accountability. So you can be sure that the Feds are going to flood more fiat money into the American economy to aid this problem (which I believe the banking dynasties orchestrated through Congress), and Americans are going to experience hyper inflation similar to what Argentina experienced.

It is evident that great need in people causes them to turn to God for help. I believe that we are going to see more disasters (not that God has created them, but He will use them) that is going to be the things that prepare the hearts of Americans for real revival. The Lakeland revival fizzled due to immorality. Immorality increases with prosperity, which is what happened in Sodom and Gommorah which were rich communities. As long as Americans remain materialistic because of the debt economy, immorality will continue, and the charismatic camps tend to lean towards the prosperity message and not the self denial of the cross of Christ. But when it collapses, saints, your prayers for revival in America will truly be answered. I do not want the collapse, but I will be glad for revival that follows in its wake. And for that I will praise the Lord!

Comments to Original Post

David V. Bassett
Submitted on 10/14/2008

God’s Word says in Proverbs 3:25-26, 33-34, to “Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked, for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared. . . The LORD’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous. Ho mocks proud mockers but gives grace to the humble.”

Editor
Submitted on 10/14/2008

David,
Very good words of comfort. The more I think about the problems of the future, the more convinced I am that a real revival is coming!

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