A couple of weeks ago, I shared some brief thoughts on my personal Facebook about the Logan County Revivals and Outpourings. Many found those thoughts very helpful, and I plan on sharing those here in this post.
Now, before I share those thoughts, let me take a moment. For those of you who do not know who I am, let me give you a brief introduction.
I’m nobody of any importance, to be sure. My name is Josh Robinson, and I’ve lived in Logan County my entire life. I’m a sinner saved by grace alone through faith alone, through Christ alone, for the glory of God alone. I’m of the Calvinistic stripe. I’m Confessional, holding to the doctrines laid out in the 1689 Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. I spent some time at Liberty University back in my schooling days. Since those days, I’ve found my way to the Southern Baptist Convention, and I’m currently in the process of planting a church in the heart of Logan, West Virginia.
Since I live among and serve the people of Logan, I’ve had numerous people (from in state and out of state) ask me about my thoughts on this, and I want to be as helpful and as pastoral as I possibly can.
Simply put, my thoughts are this: It’s complicated. At least a lot more complicated than I had originally thought it was. I say this as someone who is Calvinistic, Confessional, and is a believer of Cessationism.
The main reason why I say that it’s complicated is because this thing has crossed denominational lines and boundaries, and has branched out of the church into the public school system and other places. So, we must discern what branch of this revival were talking about.
Now, let me say that there are absolutely some unorthodox, hyper-charismatic things going on in Logan and in this movement. Unfortunately, for the most part, these are the things that have been reported in the news and on television.
But, at the same time, in the midst of all of the craziness, there is faithful and true revival occurring in Logan and it’s not as flashy and sensational as what’s being shown on the news and television. Within this branch, there are churches in the city that are faithfully proclaiming the Gospel to the people of Logan, and their lives are being radically changed because of that. People have been raised in Christ to walk in newness of life.
To close it out, I’ll say this. When thinking through complicated types of issues such as this, we must remain balanced. A lot of times, because of our theological presuppositions and biases, it’s difficult to remain objectively balanced. This is even true in viewing the events that have occurred in Logan and the surrounding areas. It would be easy to slap the Strange Fire bumper sticker to it and send it on its way, but that would be unbalanced, because it would discount the true works that God has and is doing in our city.
There is so much more I could say, but will not. For those who came here expecting a deep exposition of what’s going on in Logan, I apologize for not meeting that expectation. Perhaps that’s a task I’ll take up at some other time after this all plays out.
Regardless of my thoughts or anyone else’s thoughts, one thing is true of Logan right now. The people are hungry, and they need fed. If we don’t do it, someone else will. The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.