Principles Don’t Change

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It is always helpful to distinguish between a “principle” and the “application” of a principle.  In fact, people are often confused when failing to note the difference.  An example of this is the biblical tenet that we are “saved by faith.”  That’s a principle.  The application can change while the principle remains the same.  There is little doubt that a man like Abraham was saved by God!  Yet he was not baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  How was he saved?  Abraham was very particular about expressing his faith.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”  That’s the application: by faith he went out and looked for a God-built city.  The application today of the Church’s faith is a bit different; at least it has a different look.  The city we look for is a heavenly one.  To get there, we must take clearly outlined steps of obedience and repentance.  There’s just no other way for us in this age.  Abraham was saved by the specific application of his faith, as we are saved today by a specific application of our faith.  The principle has not changed, while the application has.

This is important as we begin to delve into a study on revival.  What are the principles involved?  Then, and only then, can we begin to make specific applications of these principles in our local churches and in our national organizations.  The principles that we will study in the following six chapters are:

  • Vision
  • Equipping The Saints
  • The Nucleus Concept
  • The Best Use Of Gifts And Talents
  • A Balanced Ministry
  • A Growing Organizational Structure

We will concentrate on these comprehensive principles, knowing that the eventual application of them will be left to the responsibility of the respective church leaders involved.  The applications may differ from nation to nation, region to region, and sometimes even church to church, but most likely the principle will remain valid. 

Our prayer is simply that these principles find a place in the toolkit of the reader.  Revival is the goal and whatever helps to get us there is what we need.  As Paul said in Ephesians 5:17, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”  Someone once said that wisdom means knowing what to do with knowledge.  If that is so, let’s find the principles of true revival and use them in the best way possible, ensuring a greater harvest than ever before!

About Jim Poitras

Enlisiting, educating, equipping, empowering, and encouraging members, ministers, and missionaries in apostolic global missions. Director of Education/AIM