If you review Ignite’s Facebook page (you do not have to be a member to see it), you will get a feel for what a tent revival is all about. Wikipedia defines it as “a gathering of Christian worshipers in a tent erected specifically for revival meetings, healing crusades, and church rallies.” Traditionally, they have been held by “Pentecostal or Holiness Christians who not only adhered to evangelicalism, but believed in speaking in tongues, healing the chronically ill, and in some cases resurrecting the dead.”
Generally, Catholics are only welcomed at these events in order to be converted or “saved.” So why would a Catholic parish encourage its members to attend an evangelical revival? Why not hold a type of revival for Catholics? Why not collaborate with other area parishes for events and retreats? Why not build up Catholicism in our community? We could even invite our non-Catholic neighbors. We do believe that we are the true Church, don’t we?
Interestingly, this particular revival is being run by Dr. Wayne Gwilliam’s Destined to Win Ministries. This is the evangelical minister who spoke at All Saints Parish in May. If you read Dr. Gwilliam’s April 26 post, he includes Deacon Dean’s letter to the area’s Catholic leaders, asking them to encourage their parishioners to attend the revival. These leaders were also asked to have lunch with Dr. Gwilliams at Rogers Hall.
I don’t know who attended the luncheon, but the other Twin Tiers parishes have so far declined to place the revival invitation in their bulletins.
Note that Dr. Gwilliams used a photo of St. Vincent de Paul’s Church in his post. I wonder if he knows that this church was almost sold two years ago. Or if he noticed the For Sale sign outside of Immaculate Heart of Mary’s Church. --Susan M.
Admin note: Susan's first post can be found here.