That experience reinforced something that Henry Blackaby wrote in Holiness:
“I believe there will be no revival without holiness in the leadership. None. Cry unto God all you want. He will not hear you. Pull together all the phrases that revivalists of other generations have all quoted, and it will not make an ounce of difference to the heart of God. God is looking for holiness!” (p. 72)
It is not surprising to me that the Church has lost influence in the United States. We are so compromised, and it begins at the leadership level. This is so clearly seen by the percentage of ministers who look at pornography on a regular basis or the percentage of pastors who have affairs with people in their congregations. As leaders we may be committed to many things, but being holy is not one of them.
The Church in the United States will continue to decline, not because atheism and liberal university professor, but because of unholy leaders: preachers, elders, and teachers who are more influenced by this world than by God’s Word. There will be no revival until church leaders commit to holiness and truly seek to be separate from the world
And for that to happen there is only one place to start: with the man in the mirror. While I can call people to holiness, the only person I have control over is me. Regardless of whether or not people will follow, I have to choose to be holy, to be a good steward of the miracle of transformation God is working in my life through the blood of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit. If I don’t choose to be holy, why should I expect other people to be holy?